Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is generally considered the most prestigious honor society for colleges in the United States. It was founded by five gentlemen at the College of William and Mary during the American Revolution in 1776 to designate the best emerging liberal arts colleges in America.

There are approximately 2,679 four-year colleges and universities (for profit and not for profit) in the United States today and since 1776, only 290 have earned membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Membership application is complex and includes 100’s of academic and non-academic criteria to be evaluated by the Phi Beta Kappa board. It is inordinately challenging to earn final membership.

Phi Beta Kappa colleges and universities are often considered the best in the United States (to see if a college you’re interested in is a member, click on the link below).