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Phi Beta Kappa

Love of Learning is the Guide of Life

Established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, a hotbed of revolutionary fervor, Phi Beta Kappa is the United States’s most prestigious academic honor society and its oldest Greek letter organization. The Alpha of West Virginia, established at West Virginia University in 1910, is still the only chapter of this organization in the state.  

Dedicated to celebrating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championing freedom of thought, the national organization advocates for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education. Our campus chapter shares that mission and is honored to induct the most academically accomplished Eberly College of Arts and Sciences students into our organization every year. 

Phi Beta Kappa is derived from the organization’s motto, philosophia biou kubernetes: “Love of learning is the guide of life.” Our chapter affirms that message and infuses it into our activities.

What We Do

Our campus chapter sponsors scholarly lectures throughout the academic year. Our primary activity, however, is to elect new members from among our graduating class and connect them to the resources and mission of the national organization. 

New Member Information