I got this off of the PBK website:
Individual Membership: 600,000
Institutional Membership: 262 chapters at sheltering institutions; 57 associations.
Criteria: Individual membership is awarded to undergraduates in the liberal arts who are selected for the distinction by chapters from among students in the top ten percent of their graduating class
For everyone who took upon themselves to insult my intellegience (and the intellegience of everyone else who wasn't in PBK), you can clearly see that a) only 262 institutions have this organization..which means the majority of colleges don't b) you have to be a liberal arts major...which I was not c) you only had to be in the top 10 percent...not the top 1 percent.
I was in Alpha Chi...which has almost identical admission standards and which is very similar to PBK, and which was the main honor society that my undergrad. university happened to have (probably because they were not a liberal arts college) ....it is also reserved for the top ten percent of junior and senior classes and also has about 300 participating institutions.
Off of the Alpha Chi website:
FAQs About Membership in Alpha Chi
Can I apply for membership with the national office?
No. Invitations to membership are issued only by the faculty of colleges and universities that have an Alpha Chi chapter.Who is eligible for membership in Alpha Chi?
At colleges and universities that have a chapter of Alpha Chi, membership is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors.
And thanks to all of the people on this website who didn't bite my head off because I didn't know what PBK was! For the people who did, just because someone has experiences or a knowledge base that differs from your own, doesn't mean that they are inferior.