Frequently Asked Questions
Is Phi Theta Kappa a fraternity or sorority?
No, it is an honor society. Honor societies are open to any student within the college or university that meets the requirements of GPA and credit hours. They recognize excellence, hard work, good grades, leadership and commitment. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society, with lifetime membership and one-time only fee; once you become a member, you keep your membership as long as your GPA meets the requirements. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society whose ideals (we call them hallmarks) are service, scholarship, leadership and fellowship. You may be as active in our organization as you like, or have time for.
How do I join Phi Theta Kappa (the Phi Lambda chapter at CPCC)?
Eligible students are issued an invitation to join by Dr. Zeiss, the President of CPCC. You must be eligible and invited before you may join.
In order to be eligible, a student must have completed 12 hours of curricular (college-level) work at CPCC, be registered for at least 1 curriculum course in the current semester, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
For example: If you meet the academic requirement of a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the spring semester, you will be invited to join in the following fall semester.
Do I have to pay dues?
There is a one-time fee of $100.00. No further dues or payments will be charged, unless a late fee is added. This covers the international cost for membership, pin, certificate and the induction ceremony and reception. If a student desires to wear approved regalia at graduation, that is a separate purchase.
Where do I pay and how do I fill out my check?
Pay at the cashiers office at any CPCC campus. Please get a copy of your receipt to include with your completed application form. You may pay with debit, credit, cash or check. Make checks payable to CPCC. DO NOT make your check out to Phi Theta Kappa or Phi Lambda.
What exactly is the authorized Graduation Regalia at CPCC?
The Phi Theta Kappa stole and the Phi Theta Kappa tassel are the ONLY items that graduates are allowed to wear at graduation in addition to the CPCC purchased cap, gown and GPA cord.
The cords are not allowed because CPCC issues you a cord based on your GPA with your cap and gown order. Therefore, to avoid confusion, the Phi Theta Kappa cords are not permitted.
I received a letter last year but did not join. I want to join now. Am I still eligible?
Maybe. Eligible students are invited in the Fall and Spring semesters. You will still be eligible and receive another letter to join as long as you are a current student, (signed up for at least one curriculum class) and you still meet the cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Late applications may be charged a late fee and/or held until the next Induction cycle. If you have questions about your situation, please contact an advisor.
Where do I drop off my completed application or invitation form?
Completed forms and a copy of your cashiers' receipt may be dropped off at the PTK office in Overcash 245 at Central Campus, or at Student Life on any campus.
What is the dress code for the Induction Ceremony?
The Induction Ceremony is a very important occasion. Students are asked to please wear an appropriately nice outfit because you will be crossing the stage. Comfortable shoes are advised. Please help make this a special event for everyone by maintaining these standards.
How many people can I invite to the Induction Ceremony?
You may invite as many people as you wish! Inductees and their family and friends are invited to a light reception after the ceremony.
When do I receive my certificate, pin and membership card?
You will receive your certificate, membership card and your gold Phi Theta Kappa key pin approximately eight weeks after the Induction Ceremony. Membership Packets are sent to the address you provided us on your application form, and are mailed directly from PTK International. If you have not received your packet after this time, please contact Member.Services@ptk.org.
I was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at another community college. Do I need to transfer my membership?
It depends. Members who were inducted at a different school are always welcome to participate in events with our chapter, but your records remain with your original school unless you transfer. Officially transferring your membership to our chapter may be important if you would like PTK on your CPCC transcript, your CPCC degree/diploma or want to become an officer on the executive committee at CPCC. The cost is $30. Please fill out the form here.