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The golden key is widely recognized as a symbol of academic achievement.  The letters FBK are the initials of the Greek Motto, Philosophiae Biou Kubernetes, meaning "Philosophy [the love of wisdom] is the Guide of Life."  The three stars represent the original principles of the Society:  friendship, morality, learning.  The key today looks much as it did more than 225 years ago.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.  Since its founding in Virginia in 1776, the Society has fostered and recognized excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and its gold key is widely recognized as a symbol of academic distinction.  Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa have shown themselves devoted to intellectual pursuits and to the objectives of a liberal education:  not merely knowledge but also breadth of interest, depth of understanding, and respect for a diversity of informed opinion.  There are 262 chapters of Phi Beta Kappa; only about 10% of institutions of higher learning have chapters.  There are two in the state of Kansas.

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