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Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The chapter at The University of Texas was organized in 1904, as the first (Alpha) chapter in the state of Texas. Eligibility is limited to upper-division students with outstanding records of achievement in what the Phi Beta Kappa Society designates as the liberal arts and sciences. The student must have completed at least 60 semester hours of coursework at the University. Elections to Phi Beta Kappa are traditionally held in the Fall, Spring, and Summer each year. New members are inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at ceremonies each December and May.

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