"The establishment of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter signals LMU’s deep commitment to the values of a broad-based education focused on the arts and sciences,” said Nicolas Rosenthal, president of the new chapter at Loyola Marymount University. “Furthermore, it rewards our students who obtain academic excellence and embrace the values of a liberal arts education with a mark of the highest distinction, along with lifelong membership in a community that encourages free thought, vibrant engagement, and a love for learning.”
Loyola Marymount University becomes the 288th U.S. college or university to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Installations of new chapters occur only every three years and follow an intensive, multi-year application and evaluation process that includes two rounds of data collection and a visit from members of the Phi Beta Kappa Committee on Qualifications. Among the criteria reviewed are the university’s educational rigor in the arts and sciences, governance structure, faculty excellence, demonstrated commitment to academic freedom, and institutional dedication to liberal education.
Phi Beta Kappa installed a chapter at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, on April 2, and will install two other chapters at Chapman University, Orange, CA, and University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, later this month.