Love of Learning is the Guide of Life

Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education.

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  • Key into Public Service: The Call to Serve

    On June 24, 2021, from 6-7:15pm ET, join us as the Phi Beta Kappa Society hosts a virtual keynote plenary for current liberal arts and science students, interns, and young professionals looking to pursue careers in public service as part of the Society’s Key into Public Service program.

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  • #PBKSelfKey Contest

    New members can share a #PBKSelfKey on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram and be entered for a chance to win a Phi Beta Kappa Prize bag. The contest will end June 30, 2021, after which we'll choose one winner selected at random from all eligible photos. You can learn more about the official rules and details below.

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  • The Arts, Humanities and Sciences Need Your Voice Now

    Now more than ever, we must make the case about the value of the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa has the tools you need to make the case for the arts and sciences with local, state, and national policymakers. Find out how you can help spread the word and take action today at Sign up for our monthly newsletter below.

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Behind The Key

Jayne Ross was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Virginia Tech, where she majored in Creative Writing and Professional & Technical Writing. She is the assistant editor of The American Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa’s quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history, and culture published since 1932. Ross also oversees [Spoiler Alert], the magazine’s digital book club, where she hosts book discussions with members and other staff members each month.