Founded in 1904, The Raven Society is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society
at the University of Virginia. It is also unique to the University, taking its name in
honor of the most famous poem of the University's most famous
poet, Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven Society has a distinguished history.
As stated in the Raven Society's Constitution: "This society shall endeavor to
bring together outstanding students, faculty, administrators, and alumni of the various
schools of the University, that they may derive the benefits of mutual acquaintance, and
that by cooperation they may be able to sustain more effectively the honor and dignity of
the University; to advance its welfare and interests as opportunities may occur; to
encourage diligent scholarship; and to stimulate intellectual activity beyond the limits
of systematic work in the classroom." To this end, the Raven Society sponsors
scholarships and fellowships in recognition of academic and scholarly excellence.
As an additional service to the University community, the Raven Society works to
protect and celebrate the legacy of Edgar Allan Poe's time at the
University of Virginia. The Society works with the University to maintain the Poe Room on the West Range of the historic UVa Lawn. And on April
8, 1995, the Raven Society celebrated the Sesquicentennial Anniversary
of the publication of Poe's The Raven.
Letter to Ravens
Raven Society Council
Raven Award Nomination Form
Poe as a Student
Full Text of The Raven