Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization
in the United States. The Society has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing
excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776.
Phi Beta Kappa sets high standards not only for the selection of students elected
to membership but also for the institutions which may claim a chapter. Chapters are
granted to the Phi Beta Kappa members of the faculty and administration of the sheltering
institution. Following a lengthy process of documentation by the Phi Beta Kappa members
of the faculty and administrative staff, the University of Dallas was chartered as
the Eta Chapter of Texas in 1989.
Each year, the resident members of the chapter elect new members from among those
senior and junior undergraduate students majoring in liberal arts and sciences who
have demonstrated broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character.
Occasionally, graduate and faculty members are elected as well. These newly-elected
members are inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society at a ceremony held shortly before
the spring graduation.
Learn more about why Phi Beta Kappa matters when choosing a college.