The Phi Beta Kappa Society
The Phi Beta Kappa Society (PBK) was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary; it is now the oldest and most distinguished honors society in the United States. Since its founding in 1776, PBK has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences for undergraduate students. Each year, about one in one hundred college juniors or seniors, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Members are inducted at their college or university chapters, and membership is life-long. After graduating, members can also join Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations in their communities.
The Society’s distinctive emblem, a golden key, is widely recognized as a symbol of supreme academic achievement.
Each year, PBK elects over 15,000 new members from 286 chapters across the United States. PBK also has over 50 local associations through the country, which support its ideals through academic, social, and community-based programs.
For more information, visit the national Phi Beta Kappa Society website!