Phi Beta Kappa (Liberal Arts & Sciences)

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a second chapter was founded at Harvard three years later. Phi Beta Kappa stands for freedom of inquiry and expression, disciplinary rigor, breadth of intellectual perspective, wide knowledge, the cultivation of skills of deliberation and ethical reflection, and the pursuit of wisdom.

With liberal arts society at its core, Phi Beta Kappa has granted charters for local chapters at fewer than 10 percent of colleges and universities across the nation. Consistent with national criteria, the guidelines for membership into Ripon College’s chapter include: a broad liberal arts education within all of the divisions of study (humanities, behavioral and social sciences, natural sciences and the fine arts), education in a foreign language, a minimum GPA of 3.5, diverse extracurricular and/or community involvement, and strong character. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa remains one of the most prestigious undergraduate honors in the nation.