Founded September 1, 1901


The Alpha of Tennessee chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Vanderbilt University promotes scholarship in the liberal arts.  Toward that end, those juniors and seniors in the College of Arts and Science who have attained exceptional records of academic accomplishment are considered for membership each spring. The Membership Committee reviews student transcripts and elects students to membership in early March.  Those who accept membership are initiated into the society at the annual spring meeting held each May on the day prior to graduation. Further information on the election process may be found at the “For Prospective Members” link on the main menu.

Additionally, the chapter recognizes outstanding scholarship through several awards: the Freshman Seminar Essay Award, the Centennial Award, and the Tellinghuisen Award.  Information on each of these may be found by following the “Awards” link on the main menu.

In addition to the spring meeting for induction of new members-in-course, the chapter holds an anniversary meeting on or about 5 December, commemorating the founding of the Phi Beta Kappa Society at the College of William and Mary on 5 December, 1776.  This meeting is open to all members of Phi Beta Kappa, as well as prospective members-in-course.

The chapter is organized according to a Constitution and Bylaws; the Executive Council is elected each year at the spring meeting.  Further information may be found at the “About the Chapter” link on the main menu.

Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha of Tennessee
VU Station B # 350192
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-0192