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National Phi Beta Kappa

Five students at the College of William and Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa in 1776, during the American Revolution. For over two and a quarter centuries, the Society has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Laptops have replaced quill pens, but these ideas, symbolized on Phi Beta Kappa's distinctive gold key, still lay the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience, and creative endeavor. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

UGA Phi Beta Kappa
In 1914, the Georgia Alpha Chapter was established here at the University of Georgia. Since then, thousands of accomplished students have been inducted into this prestigious society. The University of Georgia has honored its highest achieving liberal arts juniors and seniors with this distinctive honor. Each year, an induction ceremony has been held in the historic University of Georgia Chapel where students become full members of the distinguished network of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. 

Notable Members 

Seventeen former U.S. Presidents, including Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter; 41 U.S. Supreme Court Justices; and 140 Nobel Laureates can be counted among the ranks of Phi Beta Kappa members. In December 2019, President Jere W. Morehead was inducted as an alumni member of Phi Beta Kappa.