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Phi Theta Kappa

What is Phi Theta Kappa?

Phi Theta Kappa is the scholastic honor society for students attending two-year colleges. Founded in 1918, it is the only internationally acclaimed honor society serving institutions which offer associate degree programs. The purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship among scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Requirements for Membership
  1. Currently be enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College

  2. Complete at least 12 credits of college level courses

  3. Have a 3.5 or greater Grade Point Average

  4. Adhere to the College Conduct Code

  5. Possess recognized qualities of citizenship

  1. Privilege of wearing the golden honors stole and tassel at graduation

  2. "Member Phi Theta Kappa" included on your academic transcript

  3. The Golden Key of Phi Theta Kappa membership pin

  4. Gold Phi Theta Kappa Seal on diploma.


Membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society does not guarantee you a scholarship. Membership does make you eligible for many scholarships designated for Phi Theta Kappa members only. These scholarships are awarded by Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Miami, the University of Florida, Florida State University, and many other Florida colleges and universities as well as numerous out-of-state institutions.

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1. Why should I become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for Two-year Colleges?

Members of Phi Theta Kappa may take advantage of a variety of transfer scholarship opportunities open only to members. Members of Phi Theta Kappa may apply for more than $30 million in transfer scholarships, provided exclusively to Society members by more than 500 senior

Members of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible for nomination by their college for the All-USA Academic Team competition. In addition, 35 states sponsor All-State Academic Team programs, providing further recognition for outstanding students.

All members of Phi Theta Kappa are automatically nominated for the National Dean’s List, a publication of America’s most outstanding college students.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa may submit manuscripts to Nota Bene, the Society’s honors anthology.

All members of Phi Theta Kappa receive the prestigious Golden Key Membership Pin.

All members of Phi Theta Kappa receive the impressive Certificate of Membership.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa may affix the Society’s Gold Diploma Seal, denoting Society membership, to their two-year college diploma.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa may have their membership in the international honor society noted on their transcript, contingent on their college’s policy.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa may wear the Society’s golden monogrammed Honors Stole and Tassel, at college commencement exercises, available through purchase, contingent on college policy.

All members of Phi Theta Kappa receive a wallet-size Identification Card.

All members of Phi Theta Kappa receive by direct mail a complimentary copy of 3.5 PLUS.

2. How do you become a member of Phi Theta Kappa?

An invitation to membership is extended to those students who achieve the GPA -- usually 3.5 -- required by the chapter on the campus where they are enrolled, who are considered full-time students, and who enjoy full rights of citizenship. Read the listing of chapters and local contacts.

3. Can part-time students be invited to become members?

Yes, if they have accumulated the number of hours required by the college to designate full-time status.

4. What about students who attend college in the United States but who are not citizens of this country?

International students are welcome to become members. They must achieve the required GPA, be designated full-time students, and possess all rights of citizenship in their native land.

5. How much time will being a member take?

The time a member devotes to Phi Theta Kappa is a matter of individual choice. Some Phi Theta Kappa members choose to devote many hours to chapter activities; others may elect to not participate at all. Phi Theta Kappa's Constitution requires only that a prospective inductee make and maintain certain GPAs. No service activities may be required of new or old members; nor can the chapter withhold any benefits (i.e., wearing honors stole; receiving scholarship recommendations).

6. 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 easily update their address information with Headquarters by using the On-Line Change of Address Form.

7. I have a question about my Certificate of Membership, my Identification Card and my Golden Key Membership Pin. Who should I contact at Headquarters?

Call Membership Services at 800.946.9997, ext. 554, or e-mail

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