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The letters “Phi Beta Kappa” refer to a Greek motto, meaning “love of wisdom, the guide of life.” Each small gold key contains these initials, plus a hand pointing to three stars which symbolize friendship, morality, and literature

Phi Beta Kappa: Shorthand For Academic Excellence

“Phi Beta Kappa” on a resume immediately signals to a potential employer that the job applicant is marked by intelligence, dedication, and excellence.

Not only is Phi Beta Kappa the most prestigious undergraduate honors organization in the country, it is also the oldest, being founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1776. From its inception, Phi Beta Kappa’s purpose was to celebrate and perpetuate the Liberal Arts.

Wooster is one of only 270 colleges and universities in the United States able to meet the national standards of excellence necessary to form a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Election is offered each year to a select group of juniors and seniors at the invitation of chapter members and officers (composed of faculty Phi Beta Kappa electees). Only students who meet the strictest standards–including excelling in a broad range and number of courses in the Arts and Sciences, and attaining a high grade point average and I.S. performance–are qualified for election.

Current Phi Beta Kappa Members

Phi Beta Kappa Resources

The Chapter at Wooster: Kappa of Ohio

The College of Wooster’s chapter, Kappa of Ohio, was founded in 1926. Our chapter is honored that Niall W. Slater, a 1976 alumnus of The College of Wooster, served as the National President of Phi Beta Kappa from 2003-2006.

Election and Initiation

There is no application for membership. If you are invited to join, you will receive instructions on how to register with the national organization and pay the one-time membership dues. Students are formally admitted to the chapter ONLY after they are initiated in a formal College of Wooster ceremony before Commencement.

Bylaws & Selection Criteria
History of Phi Beta Kappa

For more information on Phi Beta Kappa, visit the official national web site maintained by Phi Beta Kappa’s national headquarters, or contact any College of Wooster Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Officer.

The Nation’s Oldest Honor Society

Current Officers

President: Emily Armour; Vice President: Missy Schen; Secretary: Zach Sharrow; Treasurer: Jon Breitenbucher

Emily Armour

Emily Armour

Educational Technologist: Learning & Pedagogy Specialist


Jon Breitenbucher

Jon Breitenbucher

Director of Educational and Emerging Technologies, Information Technology


Missy Schen

Director of Educational Assessment (Academic Affairs) and Adjunct (Biology)


Zachary Sharrow

Zachary Sharrow

Interim Director of CoRE, Libraries