Why do Phi Mus study?

Phi Mu’s commitment to academic excellence can be traced back to its founding in 1852 at Wesleyan College, the first institution in the world to grant college-level degrees to women.

Phi Mu was originally named the Philomathean Society. The term philomathean means “lovers of learning” or “seekers of knowledge.”  An oath that each member of the Philomathean Society took included the line, “I do faithfully and conscientiously promise, strictly to observe my duties as a pupil of the college… and endeavor to sustain the honor and character of the Society, by my standing as a student.”  The Philomathean’s interpretation of “good scholarship” was an average of 95 percent.

The founders of the Philomathean Society were revolutionaries.  They attended college in a time when most women stayed at home.  In addition, they organized a literary society that’s utmost purpose was the intellectual development of its members.  The members of the Philomathean Society paved the way for the advancement of women’s rights by earning college degrees that were previously only granted to men.

Phi Mu Fraternity has stayed true to its academic roots.  All members and collegiate chapters are expected to maintain a high level of academic excellence.  As a member of Phi Mu, it is important that you understand these requirements in order to maintain good standing with the Fraternity.  Please watch this video for more specific information on our new academic policies and expectations.