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phi beta kappa

coffeeeecoffeeee Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
edited February 2009 in Cornell University
To alums that were inducted- do you think it helped you find jobs/get accepted places? (I'm a bio major). Do you actually do anything with it? Does it cost money?

It says the top 10% GPAs get inducted, with a minimum of 3.65- any idea what GPAs the top 10% usually consist of?
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Replies to: phi beta kappa

  • norcalguynorcalguy Registered User Posts: 7,548 Senior Member
    40 years ago, PBK used to be a bigger deal. But, as it is, PBK is still the most prestigous honor society for undergrads. Worth the $75 in my opinion. It probably carries the most weight with older people who still recognize it as a significant honor.
  • ThePhilosopherThePhilosopher Registered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    I'm kind of disappointed that this is only available to CAS students..
  • glameglame Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Are there any other honor societies on campus besides PBK? I know that is recognized as the top one, but being in ILR, I cannot join. In addition, with class rank, do they (the Registrar) calculate the rank by college or by the entire class?
  • ThePhilosopherThePhilosopher Registered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    I know Human Ecology has Kappa Omicron Nu... But I would assume that it is not nearly as nationally recognized as PBK.. If you look on the ILR site it should say if there is one..
  • CayugaRed2005CayugaRed2005 Registered User Posts: 4,041 Senior Member
    By college.

    In ILR, there used to be an honor society, but I do not know what happened to it. It may be back. If you dig around the Kheel Center archives in Catherwood for an afternoon -- which I heartily recommend -- you can learn a bit about it. You can also graduate with honors in ILR by graduating in the top 20 percent of your class and writing a thesis.

    Ag has the Ho-Nun-De-Kah, which is pretty well established. And I suspect that Hotel and Engineering might have something as well.

    Across the entire University there is also things like Golden Key, which is just a GPA cut-off. Then Quill & Dagger, Sphinx Head, MortarBoard, Red Key, etc. which are selective and have various amounts of secrecy associated with them.
  • BiophilicBiophilic Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
    There is no reason to waste your $75 or so to get into Phi Beta Kappa!
  • chendrixchendrix Registered User Posts: 1,925 Senior Member
    Engineering has Tau Beta Pi - the Engineering Honor Society, which allows juniors in the top 8th and seniors in the top 5th to be inducted.
  • AnbuItachiAnbuItachi Registered User Posts: 1,348 Senior Member
    i can't find any info on Ho-Nun-De-Kah except some blog
  • CayugaRed2005CayugaRed2005 Registered User Posts: 4,041 Senior Member
    Ever hear of the RSO directory?

    Welcome to SAO - Cornell University
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