The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor association, voted to establish a new chapter at Rollins College on August 5 at the meeting of its 46th Triennial Council.
Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society has chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 42 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 150 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 addition of three new chapters, including Rollins, will bring the total number of Phi Beta Kappa chapters at U.S. colleges and universities to 293 nationwide.
“Campuses that shelter Phi Beta Kappa chapters reflect their deep and abiding commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, for today and on into the future,” said Secretary Frederick M. Lawrence, Phi Beta Kappa Secretary and CEO. “These institutions provide a challenging liberal arts and sciences curriculum for the enrichment of their students, and we look forward to recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of these students.”