The Phi Beta Kappa Society
Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary. Since then, Phi Beta Kappa has evolved to become the nation’s leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level.
Our association is a constituent member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. The Society has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since its founding in 1776. Each year, about one college senior in a hundred, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Membership is life-long, and members are invited after graduation to join a Phi Beta Kappa Association in their community.
The Society’s distinctive emblem, a golden key, is widely recognized as a symbol of academic achievement.
Phi Beta Kappa elects over 15,000 new members a year from 286 chapters across the United States.
For more on the Phi Beta Kappa Society, go to www.pbk.org.
The DC PBK Association is in the PBK South Atlantic District and is one of over 50 Phi Beta Kappa associations in cities throughout the United States. These associations support the ideals of the Society through academic, social, and community-based programs.