About Phi Beta Kappa

  • Founded December 15, 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Oldest and most prestigious of the academic honor societies in the United States
  • Chapters limited to American colleges and universities with well-developed liberal arts programs
  • 286 chapters in the U.S.

About the Delta of Colorado Chapter

Portrait of Charles Lory
  • Founded November 15, 1973, at Colorado State University
  • Fourth chapter in the state of Colorado [The others are at the University of Colorado (Boulder), the University of Denver, and Colorado College]
  • One of only ten former "A and M" universities to host a chapter

At right: A portrait of former CSU President Charles A. Lory hangs in the Lory Student Center (2nd floor). Notice the Phi Beta Kappa key hanging from his vest.

Famous Members

Q: What do Isaac Asimov, Francis Ford Coppola, Sonia Sotomayor, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Booker T. Washington, Glenn Close, and Peyton Manning have in common?

A: All joined Phi Beta Kappa.

See the list of Famous Phi Beta Kappa Members for other names.

"To be named Phi Beta Kappa, I was always real proud of that and still consider that one of my proudest achievements."--Peyton Manning, PBK University of Tennessee 1997