Hiram College

Phi Beta Kappa

Hiram is one of only 10% of colleges and universities to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States.


Phi Beta Kappa, the national honorary society for excellence in the liberal arts, was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. There is no higher honor in American academia than membership in Phi Beta Kappa.A Phi Beta Kappa Chapter is a singular honor for a college or university. Since the founding of Phi Beta Kappa, only 280 colleges and universities have earned the right to have chapters on their campuses.

Hiram College Phi Beta Kappa, Mu of Ohio was instituted in 1971. Admission to Phi Beta Kappa is a judgment by the Chapter’s faculty members of a student’s high scholarly achievement.

The Hiram College Chapter holds its Initiation Ceremony on the day of, or near, Commencement. The Chapter has also been honored to host a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar many years. The Visiting Scholar spends two days on the campus meeting informally with students and participating in classroom lectures and seminars, and giving one or two major addresses open to the entire academic community.

For information about Phi Beta Kappa, go to PBK.org