Welcome to the Yale Phi Beta Kappa website. Our chapter, Alpha of Connecticut, was founded in April 1780, just four years after the United States declared its independence from Britain.
Phi Beta Kappa is a society of ideas and scholars and it is an institution that parallels our mission as Yale students to wholeheartedly seek an existence of “light and truth.” Throughout the course of the academic year, Yale Phi Beta Kappa hosts a number of notable events. We invite eminent Yale professors to seminar-style luncheons, hold robust social events at local New Haven establishments, and conduct our annual black tie-optional banquet, which is held in the President’s Room of Woosley Hall. In addition, our members are charged with conferring the prestigious DeVane Medal to a member of faculty who has distinguished him or herself as a teacher of undergraduates in Yale College and as scholar in his or her field.
All Yalies are eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa. Consequently, our organization represents an alphabet soup of academic subjects and intellectual interests. We come from disparate disciplines and yet we are united through our adoration of liberal arts and sciences and our society’s motto, “Love of wisdom, the guide of life.”