Phi Kappa Phi

History of Phi Kappa Phi

Coburn HallThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine by 10 senior students, two faculty members, and the school president. Their expressed goal was to create an honor society that was different from the few then in existence - in particular, one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. 

Since 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members including a United States President and a United States Supreme Court Justice, as well as artists, attorneys, astronauts, authors, entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists and university presidents. Thus, membership in Phi Kappa Phi is much more than a resume-builder; it's an invitation to a global network of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines.