80 BGSU students chosen for Phi Beta Kappa honors


BOWLING GREEN, O.—Eighty Bowling Green State University students—both continuing students and recent graduates—were inducted this spring into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected scholastic honor society in the nation.

Phi Beta Kappa inducts junior and senior liberal arts students who have distinguished themselves as scholars. To be eligible for membership, students need academic records matching 16 criteria for excellent classroom performance.  

Only about 10 percent of American colleges and universities have chapters of Phi Beta Kappa—BGSU’s was chartered in 1983—and among the arts and sciences graduates of those institutions, only about 10 percent are chosen for membership.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Seventeen U.S. presidents have been members, along with other leaders in business, industry, science and politics. 

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(Posted August 12, 2009 )