Frequently Asked Questions

On average, to be eligible for membership a student must have completed at least 12 hours of associate degree course work with a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Phi Theta Kappa's Constitution sets minimum standards for membership and gives the local chapter the ability to raise these standards. For this reason, eligibility requirements may vary slightly from chapter to chapter. Therefore, specific questions about membership eligibility should be directed to the local chapter advisor. Use the Advisor Quick Search button in the right column of this page to find contact information for the chapter advisor on your college campus.

Membership & Eligibility

Are part-time students eligible?

Part-time students may be eligible for membership if they have accumulated the number of hours the college considers to be full-time status (usually 12 hours on a semester system). The decision to make part-time students eligible is an option of the local chapter and should be addressed in each chapter's bylaws.

Are students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution without receiving an associate degree eligible?

While Phi Theta Kappa encourages students to obtain an associate degree before transferring, this is not a requirement for membership eligibility. A student would be eligible if he or she has completed at least 12 hours of course work that could be applied to earning an associate degree where the student is currently enrolled and has met the chapter's required grade point average.

Are students pursuing certificate programs eligible for membership?

A certificate student may be eligible for membership if the student has completed at least 12 hours of course work that could be applied toward an associate degree at the community college where the student is currently enrolled and has met the chapter's required grade point average.

Is a community college student who has earned a degree already eligible for membership?

A student with a degree who is enrolled at the community college is eligible for membership if that student has completed at least 12 hours of associate degree course work with the required cumulative grade point average at the community college he or she is attending presently.

Can transfer hours from other colleges be considered when determining membership eligibility?

Courses taken at other institutions may be considered when determining membership eligibility if this procedure is acceptable to the institution the student is currently attending. All courses considered must be applicable to an associate degree at the students current institution. The decision should be addressed in the chapter's bylaws and followed consistently.

If a student attended the community college several years ago and did not do well, are those grades considered when determining the student's eligibility?

Courses taken more than five years ago need not be considered when determining membership eligibility. However, the college administration may increase the number of years which must elapse for waiving course consideration to any period beyond five years.

Can a high school student become a member?

A high school student enrolled at a community college who completes at least 12 hours of associate degree course work with the required cumulative grade point average is eligible for membership.

Are international students, those who are citizens of countries other than the country where they attend college, eligible?

International students attending college outside their home countries are eligible for membership if they have completed at least 12 hours of associate degree course work and have met the required cumulative grade point average.

How much time will being a member take?

The time a member devotes to Phi Theta Kappa is a matter of individual choice. Some members choose to devote many hours to chapter activities; others may not participate at all. Phi Theta Kappa's Constitution requires only that a prospective member make and maintain certain grade point averages. Chapters may not require participation in activities by new or old members. Chapters cannot withhold membership benefits based on lack of participation (i.e., wearing honors stole; receiving scholarship recommendations).

How much does membership cost?

Phi Theta Kappa's International Membership fee is $55. It is paid only once. Members are also required to pay a one-time regional fee. In addition, many chapters charge a local fee to help with the expenses of local chapter operations. To find out your chapter's specific fees, contact your chapter's advisor by using the Advisor Quick Search in the column to the right.

What if I move after being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa? How do I update my address with Headquarters?

Members and other Society constituents can update their contact information with Headquarters any time by editing their online profiles. To access your profile, log in at ptk.org. When Welcome, Your Name appears, click on your name. This will take you to your online profile. To update any of the information that appears, click the green Edit My Profile button, make your changes and then click Save.

You may also request updates using our Contact Us form or by calling 800.946.9995.

At what point does a student officially become a member?

A student becomes a member when his/her membership application has been approved and membership fees have been paid. The Society's induction requirement is met when the student signs the Membership Oath which appears on the membership application. A student must be recorded as a member at Headquarters in order to receive all the rights, privileges and benefits of membership.

Questions regarding membership eligibility should be directed by the advisor to the Key Services Department at 877.PTK.1918.