Academics

More than 120 Carolina students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify to be inducted.

A student rides a bike through yellow leaves on the ground.
Fall scene on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. November 8, 2018. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 124 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members.

Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify.

A student who has completed 75 hours of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale) is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has completed 105 hours of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA.

Phi Beta Kappa has 286 chapters nationwide. UNC-Chapel Hill’s chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest of seven chapters in the state. Each year, Phi Beta Kappa chapters and alumni associations across the country raise and distribute more than $1 million in awards, scholarships and prizes benefiting high schools and college students.

Phi Beta Kappa officers at Carolina for 2018-2019 are students Katherine Gora Combs, president; Pooja Joshi, vice president; and Christiana Cornea, recording secretary. James L. Leloudis, professor of history, Peter T. Grauer associate dean for Honors Carolina and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, is chapter executive secretary and faculty advisor.

The recent induction ceremony featured a keynote address by Buck Goldstein, University entrepreneur in residence and professor of the practice in the economics department.

New members received certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization’s symbol.

View a full list of the inductees on the UNC-Chapel Hill News website.