Members of Phi Beta Kappa.
Phi Beta Kappa Key

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

"Love of learning is the guide of life"

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate liberal arts honors society in America. It celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — and also sponsors activities to advance these studies in higher education and in society as a whole.

Only about 10 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

Only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these colleges and universities are selected for Phi Beta Kappa membership.

Each year only about one college senior in a hundred, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.

At UB, minimal standards of eligibility for membership include:

The University at Buffalo’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa selects its members annually in January. Students who are selected are notified in late January/Early February. A formal induction ceremony is held in March of each year.

For more information about Phi Beta Kappa, please visit the national website.

For more information about the University at Buffalo chapter, please email us at:

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Last updated: September 10, 2018 3:36 pm EST