Phi Beta Kappa, the first Greek-letter fraternity, was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. It has evolved to become the nation’s leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level.
Phi Beta Kappa elects over 15,000 new members a year through 270 chapters at colleges and universities across the United States. These new members are the most outstanding arts and sciences students.
- Phi Beta Kappa---Greek initials of the motto-“Love of learning is the guide of life.”
- Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have chapters.
- Only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these institutions are selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.
- The Phi Beta Kappa gold key is widely recognized as a symbol of academic achievement.
In addition to chapters at colleges and universities, Phi Beta Kappa has over 50 associations made up of Phi Beta Kappa members in cities across the United States. These associations support the ideals of Phi Beta Kappa through academic and social programs.
The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Northeast Florida (PBK-NEFL) is one of these associations. It has tax-exempt, not for profit status. It is allied with the national Society, but it is independently organized and separately managed by an all-volunteer team elected by its members. Its programs and services are supported by member dues and contributions. It receives no financial support from the national Society. All Phi Beta Kappa alumni are eligible to join, and upon payment of dues ($35 per annum) are full members of PBK-NEFL.