Selection of student members is made in the senior year based on a student's academic record following seven semesters of college coursework. Students do not "apply" for election to Phi Beta Kappa; the Chapter screens student records to identify potential members. The criteria for election to Phi Beta Kappa are determined by the Chapter under guidelines of the national organization. There are two stages in the selection procedure; to be eligible for election, the student must satisfy certain minimum criteria:
At least 60 credit hours in liberal arts and sciences coursework
Significant breadth and depth of coursework across the liberal arts and sciences, including advanced college-level coursework in mathematics and foreign language
Good moral character
The second stage of the selection procedure involves a meeting of the members in residence where the qualifications of eligible students are discussed and a vote is taken to extend membership to no more than ten percent of the graduating class. Upon notification of election to Phi Beta Kappa, nominees have until the date of that year's induction ceremony (as noted in the invitation) to accept membership.