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UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of Phi Beta Kappa inducts 213 students

Fewer than 1% of college students qualify for the prestigious honorary society.

A pink blooming flower.
Scenes from the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 4, 2020. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 213 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members.

Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences and one of the seven professional degree programs offered by Carolina who meet stringent eligibility requirements.

A student who has completed 75 hours of course work 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. Grades earned at other universities are not considered. Fewer than 1% of all college students qualify.

Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members from across the country have included 17 American presidents, 41 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, more than 140 Nobel Laureates and numerous artistic, intellectual and political leaders.

Phi Beta Kappa has 290 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 2019-20 are students Michala Patterson, president; Gayathri Das, vice president; and Becca Sullenger, recording secretary. History professor James L. Leloudis, the 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.

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