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Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Beta Kappa

Five students at the College of William & Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa in 1776, during the American Revolution. For over two and a quarter centuries, the Society has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Laptops have replaced quill pens, but these ideas, symbolized on Phi Beta Kappa’s distinctive gold key, still lay the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience and creative endeavor. * IMAGE: pbk

The Greek initials of Phi Beta Kappa represent the motto “Love of learning is the guide of life.”

  • Phi Beta Kappa - advocacy of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences
  • Over half a million members, chapters at 276 colleges and universities
  • Invitation to membership — a reflection of outstanding achievement
Emblem of High Achievement and Strong Potential


Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters?

Only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these distinguished institutions are selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership?

Further information

Each year, faculty members who themselves were chosen for membership in Phi Beta Kappa at their undergraduate institutions meet and discuss exceptional Kent State students in the liberal arts. Students elected to membership participate in an initiation ceremony each spring (typically near Honors Week). If you have questions concerning eligibility or election to membership in the Nu of Ohio chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, please contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 330-672-2062            

The National office of Phi Beta Kappa

* Taken from the National office web page of Phi Beta Kappa

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