Phi Beta Kappa Society

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The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an academic honor society in the United States. It has 280 chapters. It promotes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The society inducts the most outstanding students of arts and sciences at American colleges and universities.[1] The society was founded at The College of William and Mary on December 5, 1776. It was the first collegiate Greek-letter fraternity. It is also the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences (and among the oldest undergraduate societies) in the United States.[2] Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) stands for Φιλοσοφία Βίου Κυβερνήτης or philosophia biou kybernētēs — "Love of learning is the guide of life".[3][4]

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  1. "The Phi Beta Kappa Society". Phi Beta Kappa. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  2. Warren, John (2000). "Historical Information". Association of College Honor Societies. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  3. Everett, Edward (1840). Importance of Practical Education and Useful Knowledge. Boston: Marsh, Capen, Lyon, and Webb. p. 382. https://books.google.com/?id=0sMKAAAAIAAJ .
  4. "Students Initiated into New Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Xavier University". Xavier University News. Retrieved 2007-08-14.