Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa

PBK honors the best and brightest liberal arts and sciences undergraduates from 286 top schools across the nation.

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Since it was founded in 1776, at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa has stood for the principles of intellectual freedom, liberty of thought and expression, and love of learning. Phi Beta Kappa continues to celebrate and advocate for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

Fewer than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. host a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Centre’s chapter, Beta of Kentucky, is one of only two chapters in the state and was founded in 1971. Only about ten percent of each graduating class is invited to join, based on a selective process that emphasizes strong academic achievement, dedication to the liberal arts, and high moral character. The resident chapter at Centre, made up of Phi Beta Kappa faculty and staff, initiates new members each graduation weekend and occasionally hosts nationally prominent visiting scholars on campus.

PBK National Website

Centre’s Chapter Facebook Page (Phi Beta Kappa Beta Chapter of Kentucky)

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