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Phi Beta Kappa

Alpha of Ohio Chapter

Phi Beta Kappa, founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, recognizes “intellectual capacities well employed, especially in the acquiring of an education in the liberal arts and sciences.” (Phi Beta Kappa Handbook)

Membership is universally recognized as a distinct honor.  Case Western Reserve University’s chapter was chartered in 1847 as the tenth chapter in the country and the first west of the Alleghenies. It is one of 283 chapters established at American colleges and universities.

From among the highest achieving undergraduates pursuing College of Arts and Sciences degrees, the Case Western Reserve University chapter, administered by faculty and staff who are members of Phi Beta Kappa, elects no more than 10 juniors and 50-60 seniors and January graduates to membership each year. Juniors, seniors and January graduates honored by membership in Phi Beta Kappa are listed in the Commencement Program book.


How to find legitimate honors societies?

Date posted: March 8th, 2017

Phi Beta Kappa Secretary/CEO Fred Lawrence provides comment in a USA Today article that discusses how students can distinguish among honor societies and answer the question — legitimate or not?

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The Phi Beta Kappa Society (National) names 10th Secretary and Chief Officer

Date posted: May 20th, 2016

Frederick M. Lawrence Named 10th Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of The Phi Beta Kappa Society
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CWRU PBK Chapter identified as Outstanding Private University Chapter during the 2012-2015 triennium

Date posted: October 22nd, 2015

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CWRU PBK and the Department of Religion to host Visiting Scholar Vincent Wimbush

Date posted: September 22nd, 2015

The CWRU PBK chapter and the Department of Religious Studies will host Professor Vincent Wimbush on campus January 28-29, 2016 as a visiting scholar. Dr. Wimbush is the  founding director of The Institute for Signifying Scriptures (ISS) ( For information about Prof. Wimbush go to […Read more]

CWRU junior selected for Phi Beta Kappa Writing Internship

Date posted: September 4th, 2015

Steven Reynolds, a junior double majoring in political science and sociology, won the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Society Writing Internship. […Read more]

2015 Induction Ceremony

Date posted: June 22nd, 2015

Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Ohio Chapter is pleased to welcome our 2015 inductees!
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Why accept Phi Beta Kappa?

The importance of Phi Beta Kappa