Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most respected academic honor society. Founded December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa recognizes and rewards excellence in the liberal arts and sciences through chapters at qualified colleges and universities. Beta Chapter of Iowa at Grinnell College was chartered in 1907, the 70th chapter in the nation and second in Iowa.
The Grinnell chapter of Phi Beta Kappa contributes to the intellectual life of the college by recognizing exceptional student achievement through annual election of new student members and sponsorship of two awards for academic excellence. The chapter also hosts an annual Convocation by a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar or other distinguished guest. The chapter's activities are primarily supported by contributions from members.
Students are elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa based on excellent academic records, including a full distribution of subjects across the liberal arts. No more than 15% of a graduating class is elected each year. A smaller number of students may be elected in their third year. A complete statement of requirements is linked from the sidebar.
For additional information about Phi Beta Kappa or its programs, please contact any of the officers.