The Holleian Society is Transylvania University's honorary society. Modeled after Phi Beta Kappa, the society was founded in 1960 to recognize excellence in liberal arts studies and for faculty members to investigate and pursue the granting of a ΦBK chapter at Transylvania.
The requirements for eligibility for election to the Society have changed slightly over the years. See the By-Laws for details. No more than about 10% of the students from a graduating class may be elected. Faculty and staff who are members of Phi Beta Kappa are admitted into the Society at the end of their first academic year at Transylvania. The Dean of the College also appoints two electors-at-large who serve overlapping terms of two years.