For immediate release August 4, 2021

Phi Beta Kappa Recognizes Six Outstanding Chapters at 46th Triennial Council

WASHINGTON, DC, August 4, 2021 — As part of its 46th Triennial Council, the Phi Beta Kappa Society recognized six outstanding chapters – Hofstra University, Pomona College, St. Joseph’s University, St. Michael’s College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and University of California – Irvine. The awards, presented once every three years, are accompanied by a small monetary prize to help the winners further the chapter’s work to recognize excelling students and represent the liberal arts on their campuses.  

Recipients of Outstanding Chapter Awards demonstrate extraordinary accomplishment over the course of the Triennium in key areas like student outreach and chapter visibility. Especially with COVID-19, each of these chapters also excelled at adapting to challenges of inviting and inducting students in a virtual environment.  

“We are so pleased to shine a light on these deserving chapters that consistently went above and beyond to strengthen the liberal arts at their institutions and share the Phi Beta Kappa experience with new students each year,” said Fred Lawrence, the Society’s Secretary and CEO. “We are grateful for their stellar and steady commitment over the last three years.” 


About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It 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. For more information, visit