Welcome to the Alpha of Oregon Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

2020 Phi Beta Kappa Members Elect Will Receive Invitations in May

The 98th Annual Induction Ceremony will be released on this site on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2:00pm.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society honors students whose undergraduate academic records fulfill the objectives of a liberal arts and sciences education. Each May the Alpha of Oregon Chapter Executive Committee evaluates the transcripts of students who will graduate in spring term or have graduated in the preceding three terms.  Students who achieve the rigorous membership requirements, including outstanding breadth and rigor of upper-division course work, exceptional grade point averages, and a high percentage of overall “liberal” credits receive a written letter of invitation as “Members-elect” from the Chapter and the Office of the President to join Phi Beta Kappa and attend the Induction Ceremony.

The Oregon Six–a distinction originating in 1930 as a signature honor for the six most outstanding Members-elect”–also receive letters of invitation.  In addition to the transcript review, the Chapter solicits and reads letters of recommendation from faculty in the Oregon Six nominees’ major and minor departments, as well as the Clark Honors College, to assist with the election.

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 chapter at the University of Oregon became the first Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the state in 1923.

For more information about the Alpha of Oregon Chapter please contact:

Kevin D. Hatfield, PhD