The Phi Beta Kappa Society academic honor society for the liberal arts and sciences granted a new charter to Loyola Marymount University following a three-year application process, the university announced Friday.

LMU is one of four institutions invited to institute a new Phi Beta Kappa chapter, bringing the total number nationwide to 290 — reflective of roughly 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities.

“The establishment of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter signals LMU’s deep commitment to the values of a broad-based education focused on the arts and sciences, during a time when the liberal arts are increasingly called into question,” said Nicolas G. Rosenthal, associate professor of history and faculty chair of LMU’s Phi Beta Kappa application committee. “And it rewards our students who obtain academic excellence and embrace the values of a liberal arts education with a mark of the highest distinction, along with lifelong membership in a community that encourages free thought, vibrant engagement, and a love for learning.”

Prospective inductees to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, established in 1776, are usually seniors who are among the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and who have completed a broad range of liberal arts and science coursework, including foreign language study and mathematics.

Nearly 50 LMU faculty and staff who were themselves inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society when they were undergraduate students will lead the university’s chapter. Once the LMU chapter is up and running — likely during the 2018-19 academic year — qualified seniors, and in some instances, juniors, will become eligible for nomination by their professors.

In addition to inducting students, Phi Beta Kappa sponsors campus activities and events such as teaching awards, public lectures, writing prizes, book awards, fellowships and scholarships.

Founded in 1911, LMU is a Catholic, Jesuit and Marymount university with more than 6,100 undergraduate students and about 3,000 graduate and law students.

Since 1939, LMU has hosted a chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, a national honor society comparable in status to Phi Beta Kappa within the Jesuit network, recognizing students of Jesuit institutions for their scholarship, loyalty and service. While requirements are different, qualified students may be inducted to one or the other, or both organizations.

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