About the New York Association

Did you know that there are thousands of Phi Beta Kappa members in the New York City area?


The Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York:

  • Actively promotes PBK principles and consistently strives to realize the mission of celebrating and advocating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences

  • Meets regularly for ongoing events and activities that engage our membership base

  • Supports a Scholarship Fund for students graduating from community colleges and accepted into liberal arts colleges

  • Sponsors an annual Holiday Toy Drive

  • Cultivates relationships with area PBK chapters



The Association of New York is always growing and evolving. Our members cover a wide range of backgrounds and professions, but all of us are interested in advancing Phi Beta Kappa’s ideals of recognizing student excellence, advocating for the arts and sciences in our community, and furthering our own love of learning.



Founded in 1877, the Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York is the oldest Phi Beta Kappa Association.

The Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York (PBKNY), the first and oldest PBK Association, was founded in 1877 by Elihu Root as “a means of encouraging scholarship and culture outside of college walls.”


PBKNY is a local association for elected Phi Beta Kappa alumni members who live in the New York City metropolitan area. We report to but are distinguished from The Phi Beta Kappa Society national office, which advocates for the arts and sciences and, through its 286 chapters, inducts students excelling in a liberal arts education.


Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education. We do this because we believe the curiosity and creativity cultivated by a liberal arts and sciences education are essential to making the most of life’s experiences. At Phi Beta Kappa, we are the key that opens doors to lifelong opportunity.
  • Chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States

  • Nearly 50 alumni associations

  • More than half a million members worldwide

  • Noteworthy members include:

    • 17 U.S. presidents

    • 39 Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

    • Over 130 Nobel Laureates


For more information, visit www.pbk.org

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