Luther is one of the few higher education institutions in the Unites States with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a scholastic organization that recognizes students who have achieved distinction in the liberal arts and sciences.
In accordance with the regulations of the national governing body of Phi Beta Kappa, members are elected on the basis of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character. The Eta of Iowa Chapter at Luther College was founded in 1983. The current number of members initiated at Luther College is 1,603.
The specific criteria for eligibility for election to Phi Beta Kappa at Luther include but are not limited to the following: