Phi Beta Kappa at Rollins

Rollins hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. Since its founding on December 5, 1776, it celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Rollins hosts the Theta Chapter of Florida, established in 2022, which invites for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students in each graduating class. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies—the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences—in higher education and in society at large.

In Good Company

By earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa, students join a prestigious community of scholars, artists, and leaders.

  • 17

    U.S. presidents

  • 42

    Supreme Court Justices

  • 150+

    More than 150 Nobel Laureates

Frederick M. Lawrence portrait

“Campuses that shelter Phi Beta Kappa chapters reflect their deep and abiding commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, for today and on into the future. These institutions provide a challenging liberal arts and sciences curriculum for the enrichment of their students, and we look forward to recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of these students.”

Frederick M. Lawrence

Chief Executive Officer
The Phi Beta Kappa Society

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About Phi Beta Kappa

The mission of the Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence.

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A college student signs a book during an induction ceremony at Rollins College.

About Rollins’ Theta Chapter

The Theta Chapter’s foundation has endorsed Rollins’ place among the most prestigious institutions of higher education. Indeed, only one half of one percent of Americans with college degrees are Phi Beta Kappa members.

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Membership & Invitation Criteria

An invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa recognizes and honors exceptional academic achievement in the arts and sciences. When graduate programs, professional schools and future employers see membership in Phi Beta Kappa, it is recognized as an extraordinary accomplishment.

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A new inductee to Rollins Phi Beta Kappa Society Chapter signs the logbook.

Members in Course

See the historical list of inductees into Rollins’ Theta Chapter.

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Theta Chapter Officers

  • MacKenzie Moon Ryan

    MacKenzie Moon Ryan, PhD

    Associate Professor of Art History


  • Laurel Goj Habgood

    Laurel Goj Habgood, PhD

    Professor of Chemistry

    Vice President

  • Ben Hudson

    Ben Hudson, PhD

    Assistant Professor


  • Alice Davidson

    Alice Davidson, PhD

    Professor of Psychology


News & Features

Stay up to date on the latest news about Rollins’ Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

2024 Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony at Rollins College

Rollins Inducts 24 New Members of Phi Beta Kappa

On March 19, the Rollins chapter of Phi Beta Kappa—known as Theta Chapter of Florida—inducted its third class of members.

Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony at Rollins College.

Rollins Inducts 23 New Members of Phi Beta Kappa

Rollins students join 17 U.S. presidents, 42 U.S. Supreme Court justices, and more than 150 Nobel Laureates as members of America’s most prestigious academic honor society.

Induction ceremony for Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Rollins.

Rollins Inducts First Members of New Phi Beta Kappa Chapter

The Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society officially installs a new chapter at the College, a historic milestone that affirms the value of a Rollins education and the importance of our mission.