Our History

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is one of the oldest and largest honor societies. Its membership currently numbers more than 900,000 scholars from across the globe. Approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni from 281 select colleges and universities are inducted annually. The Alpha of Delaware chapter is over 100 years old–it is the fifth chapter of the society and was chartered in 1905.  Phi Kappa was founded to be fully interdisciplinary, electing members from all fields of learning.  At UD, these fields include the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, ariculture, business, education, health sciences and marine studies.