Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely-known academic honor society in the United States. Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher education have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. UConn’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Epsilon of Connecticut, was chartered in 1956.
Each Phi Beta Kappa chapter invites up to 10% of its institution's liberal arts graduates to become lifetime members of Phi Beta Kappa, making this one of the most selective invitation processes in the nation. The ideal Phi Beta Kappa member has demonstrated intellectual integrity, tolerance for other views, and a broad range of academic interests.