Founded on December 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 regional alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, and more than 130 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.
The Beta of Michigan chapter at Albion College, established in 1940, was the second chapter in the state of Michigan and the first at a liberal arts college in the state.
A Rare Honor
Ten percent of U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. These chapters select only the top 10 percent of their arts and sciences graduates to join Phi Beta Kappa, making Phi Beta Kappa membership one of the most prestigious honors a student can receive.
In Good Company