Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. It is the oldest Greek Letter fraternity in America. At the time, members engaged in debating and literary pursuits. Later, the society was established at Harvard and Yale, and in 1875 the first women were admitted.
Membership over the years has included giants in American history such as John Marshall, Helen Keller, Eli Whitney, Booker T. Washington, and the best and the brightest from politics, law, business, science, entertainment, publishing, and education, including Isaac Asimov, Leonard Bernstein, Jonas Salk, Gloria Steinem, and 15 presidents.
Virginia Tech was granted a charter for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter on May 8, 1977. The founding president of our chapter was the late Professor Albert Sturm, research professor of political science. We are called the Mu of Virginia Chapter. Mu is the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet, as we are the 12th university or college in the state of Virginia to receive a charter.
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Initiation fee: $70 (initiates may purchase a key separately)
Dues for Mu Chapter members: $25 ($10 for students and retirees)
Average number of inductees per year: 110