Phi Beta Kappa

Alpha of Oregon Chapter

University of Oregon

Photo by Jack Liu


The Phi Beta Kappa Society honors students whose undergraduate academic records fulfill the objectives of a liberal arts education. These students have met our rigorous membership requirements and are automatically notified during their senior years if they qualify for induction at June Commencement.

Each year, six outstanding UO undergraduates are designated the Phi Beta Kappa Oregon Six. Their exceptional academic records combine extraordinary breadth and excellence in upper-division liberal arts courses with very high grade point averages.

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in the nation. Today its chapters number 276 as the society continues to pursue its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.

Alpha of Oregon became the first chapter in the state in 1923. Although three private schools in Oregon now have chapters, the University of Oregon still has the only Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the public Oregon University System.

  1. *For those who have already been invited to join but no longer have the paperwork.