About Phi Theta Kappa
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Frequently Asked Q&A
Frequently Asked Q & A
What is Phi Theta Kappa?
- Phi Theta Kappa is NOT a sorority or fraternity or a club! Phi
Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year
colleges. Phi Theta Kappa is now over 2 million members strong with
chapters throughout the world making it the largest International
Honor Society. At Stark State College, prospective members are
invited to join once they have completed 16 credit hours and have a
cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher. This requirement varies from
college to college. Stark State College has set their standards
higher than the minimum requirement by International Headquarters.
What are the benefits to me?
- The most tangible benefits are the availability of scholarships
to Phi Theta Kappa members and the honor of wearing the GOLD (gold
stole and gold tassel) at graduation. The intangibles are numerous
and vary for each member. There is the opportunity of creating a
large network of friends, of learning and/or refining leadership
skills, and the opportunity to travel.
How Do I Join?
- Upon receiving an invitation to join, you will need to fill out
an application. You will also need to pay a one time fee to the
college cashier office and return the application with the paid
receipt to the chapter advisor.
What GPA do I need to maintain once I am a
- Once you have been inducted as a Phi Theta Kappa member, you
must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4. Again, this requirement
varies from college to college.
What happens if I drop below that GPA?
- If your cumulative GPA drops below 3.4, you will be placed on
probation and will have two semesters to bring your cumulative GPA
back up to 3.4
How much does it cost?
- There is a one time membership fee of $65. Of this one time fee,
$45 is sent to International Headquarters, $5 is sent to the Ohio
Region, and $15 is for the chapter. There is help available to those
for which this would cause a financial hardship. If you are invited
to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, please do not let the one
time membership fee be what keeps you from accepting the invitation.
Contact the chapter advisor or chapter president to discuss your
I am graduating at the end of the semester, am
I still eligible to join?
- Yes, definitely! Do not turn down this opportunity to
proudly wear the gold stole and tassel at graduation. Plus, once
you are inducted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, you are a
I took a couple of classes several years ago
and had a poor GPA. Now I am back taking classes in another major
doing very well. How can I qualify to join Phi Theta Kappa?
- Contact the Dean of Student Services (Room S305). There may
be a way to expunge your previous courses in the old major.
I work full-time, have a family, and go to
school at night, how much of my time does being a member require?
- There is no time requirement of members. However, you will
only get out of this experience what you put into it. We are all
busy with work, families, and school but becoming involved with
your Phi Theta Kappa chapter can be very fulfilling and rich
with friendships. We encourage all to give what they can whether
it is baking for a bake sale, actively participating in a
chapter event, or becoming an officer.
Can I attend a Regional Convention without
being an officer?
- All active members can attend Regional Conventions. All that
is required is that you pay the registration fee for the
convention to the chapter advisor and she will make sure you get
registered. If at all possible, we encourage you to attend at
least one Regional Convention to truly experience what it is to
be a part of the Phi Theta Kappa family.
How do I run for Chapter, Regional, or
- To run for a chapter or regional office, you must be
nominated and accept the nomination. Further guidelines for
running for a Regional Office can be found in the Regional
www.ohioptk.org For more information on running for
Chapter Office, you can contact the chapter advisor, Cherie
Guidelines for running for International Office can be found at
Who is my regional coordinator, and why do I
- The Ohio Regional Coordinator is Cindy Carbone and she can
be reached at
Cindy serves as the leader of the Ohio Region. Her
duties include facilitating the integral relationship among
chapters in the Ohio Region, between International Headquarters,
and between Phi Theta Kappa and the two year college.
What is an advisor and what do they do?
- The advisor is designated by the college to conduct the main
correspondence with International Headquarters (e.g., the
Chapter Annual Report and reporting new inductees to the
Headquarters). Chapter advisors are considered the authority of
the chapter from the perspective of the campus administration
and Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters. While students provide
leadership as officers, advisors provide the continuity to our
What is the Honors Program and Honors Study
- Phi Theta Kappa offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary
Honors Program for use as an honors course, seminar, or
community colloquy. Additionally, the Society provides
opportunities for students to engage in scholarly research and
creative writing. The 2010-2011 Honors Study Topic is
Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise."
What happens after I graduate?
- Once you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa, you are always
welcome to attend chapter and regional events even after you
graduate. Alpha of Ohio is the alumni group which you are
encouraged to join once you graduate. Alpha of Ohio has a
wonderful, active group of officers this year and they have
several goals they are hoping to accomplish. For more
information on Alpha of Ohio go to:
Alpha of Ohio Web
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Last updated on
15 November 2010