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About Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi was born different. In 1897, 10 senior students, 2 faculty members and the University of Maine president created a new kind of honor society, one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. 

Under the leadership of student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the letters of the Greek words forming its motto, Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity.” 

Today, Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. 

What is Phi Kappa Phi is up to today? Check out our latest news to see how the Society is making headlines 100+ years after its founding.

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Phi Kappa Phi members pictured in the 1900 University of Maine Prism Yearbook.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi