The Phi Beta Kappa Society publishes The American Scholar. Founded at the College of William and Mary on December 5, 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is America’s oldest and most widely recognized collegiate honor society and a leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level.

Phi Beta Kappa elects more than 17,000 new members every year through its 280 chapters at American colleges and universities. Membership is based on high academic achievement in broad liberal learning. More than 50 regional associations of Phi Beta Kappa members, across the United States, support the ideals of the Society through academic, social, and community programs.

In addition to The American Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa publishes its membership quarterly, The Key Reporter, sponsors an extensive campus Visiting Scholar program, and administers a variety of prizes, fellowships, lectureships, and awards relating to the arts and sciences. The Society is active in promoting the role of liberal arts education in American institutions and culture.

The Society’s distinctive emblem, a gold key bearing the Greek letters ΦΒΚ, is the original, often emulated, symbol of honor for high academic achievement.

Read Phi Beta Kappa Secretary John Churchill’s weekly blog.