List of Phi Beta Kappa members by year of admission
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Notable members elected as undergraduates
- Mark Twain
- Jimmy Carter
- Calvin Coolidge
- Helen Keller
- Booker T. Washington
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Woodrow Wilson
- Harry S. Truman
- Barbara Bush
- Rosalynn Carter
- John Hope Franklin
- R. Buckminster Fuller
- Susan Haack
- Rutherford B. Hayes
- David Johnston
- Mamphela Ramphele
- Paul Robeson
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Anne Sexton
- Leonard Bernstein
- Paul Robeson
- John D. Rockefeller
- Ta-Nehisi Coates
On the American television show Frasier, (broadcast 1993–2004), the character Niles Crane states he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa in the episode "You Can't Tell a Crook by His Cover."
The character Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls is referenced as being a member during the episode "Unto the Breach" during a song about her attributes from her grandparents.
In the movie The Thomas Crown Affair the main character Thomas Crown toys with his golden Phi Beta Kappa key he is wearing on a chain. In the movie it is stated that he is an alumnus of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.
DC Comics' current Mr. Terrific, Michael Holt, has been mentioned as having a Phi Beta key.
In the musical Bye Bye Birdie, Albert Peterson's long suffering girlfriend Rosie Alvarez, in the song "An English Teacher," expresses longing that she could have been "Mrs. Albert Peterson, Mrs. Phi Beta Kappa Peterson, The English teacher's wife!"
In the TV show Bones, Season 7, Episode 11: The Family in the Feud, Dr. Lance Sweets mentions that he is a member.
In the Gillian Flynn's novel, Dark Places, Libby Day claims that she owns an honor pin of ΦΒΚ society.
In “Desk Set” (1957), Katherine Hepburn reels off all of Spencer Tracy’s character’s accomplishments and says he’s a graduate of M.I.T., with a Ph.D. in Science, a Phi Beta Kappa although he doesn’t wear his key which means either he’s modest or he lost it. (It’s an anachronism because M.I.T. didn’t have a PBK chapter until 1971.)
In the TV show Queen Sugar, the character Charley Bordelon West is a Phi Beta Kappa member. This is referenced when she has to correct someone who incorrectly refers to it as a social fraternity.
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He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in three years.
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At Stanford, Rita graduated with a 3.99 GPA (honors distinction) and was named to Phi Beta Kappa.
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