What is Phi Beta Kappa?

Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) is the most prestigious and best known academic honor society in the United States.  Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry, thought, and expression for over 200 years.  While laptops have replaced quill pens, these ideas – and Phi Beta Kappa’s distinctive gold key – distinguish the honor society to this day. 

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences by offering membership to the most outstanding arts and sciences students at the country’s leading colleges and universities.  For more on Phi Beta Kappa at the national level, visit the Phi Beta Kappa Society website.