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Phi Theta Kappa (ΦΘΚ) Honor Society

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What Is Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education, serving 1,270 two-year colleges around the world and offering exclusive programs and benefits for members that contribute to a dynamic, multi-dimensional college experience. Promoting academic achievement is only part of PTK’s purpose. Members are connected to a vast array of resources that provide academic enrichment and leadership opportunities. Scholarly and leadership development focus on career preparation and networking, community service, and developing tomorrow’s global leaders.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Our Mission

Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold:

  1. Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and;
  2. Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

What Can Phi Theta Kappa Do For You

Validate your academic success
We think it's cool to be smart! We reward your hard work and top grades with membership in the world's oldest and largest community college honor society.

Empower you for future success
The transition to college isn't easy, whether you are entering directly after high school or after years outside the classroom. We can help, with support from your campus chapter and real resources built around the needs of community college students. Expand your academic horizons. Use our honors program, Honors in Action, and your research and leadership skills to engage in problem-solving and make a difference through service.

Develop "soft" skills
Learn about effective written and oral communications, leadership skills, critical thinking, time management and teamwork through Five Star Competitive Edge professional development plan.

Keep you on track to complete college
We're committed to increasing credentialing rates. See how we can help with scholarship information and our transfer planning platform,

Connect you to our world of scholars
Be part of a global network of students through our interactive website, Facebook, Twitter and cutting-edge technology available 24/7, providing complete programming access to distance learners and evening students.


Membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society guarantees you access to benefits that will recognize your outstanding academic accomplishments and provide you with the competitive edge that helps ensure future success. These benefits are unmatched by any other collegiate honor society.

Membership Recognizes Your Academic Success

  • The Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Membership Pin
  • A Phi Theta Kappa Membership Certificate and ID Card
  • Recognition during college induction ceremony
  • Recognition by wearing Phi Theta Kappa Commencement Regalia during college graduation and other official ceremonies
  • A Press Release announcing your academic achievement

Membership Empowers You With a Competitive Edge

  • $37 million in scholarships for members only
  • FREE enrollment in, a transfer and college completion planning tool
  • FREE access to Five Star Competitive Edge, a personal and professional development plan for building marketable skills and an online portfolio
  • FREE access to our Career Resource Center
  • Opportunity to be published in Phi Theta Kappa's anthology, Nota Bene
  • Opportunities to develop research and servant leadership skills by participating in Honors in Action programming in local chapter
  • Opportunity to become part of a network of over 2.5 million fellow scholars and servant leaders on more than 1,270 campuses worldwide
  • Increased pay grade for entry level federal jobs
  • Personalized letters of recommendation for scholarships and employment
  • Special benefits and offers from Phi Theta Kappa corporate partners

How Do I Become a Member

An invitation to membership is extended to students who achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher and accumulate at least 12 credit hours of college-level course work. There is also a one-time membership fee of $90; however, there are some scholarships available to cover that fee.

Contact Phi Theta Kappa

Co-advisor: Patrice Thatcher
Phone: (530) 938-5290

Co-advisor: Jayne Turk
Phone: (530) 938-5328

PTK National Website