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If you are a college representative looking for a way to help your students succeed, you’ve found it in Phi Theta Kappa.

For more than 100 years, Phi Theta Kappa has helped millions of high-achieving college students reach their full potential. We don’t just recognize their academic success; we give them opportunities to develop personally and professionally, grow as leaders, earn scholarships, explore career paths — and make their worlds a lot bigger.

If you’re ready to make Phi Theta Kappa membership a pathway to success for your students, we want to hear from you.

Start the process of bringing the life-changing benefits of PTK membership to your students today!

Common Questions

I want to join PTK, but my college does not have a chapter. Can I start one?

Students can be part of the process by sharing their interest in Phi Theta Kappa and encouraging college officials to start a chapter. Your college administration must start the process and approve the establishment of a chapter.

How long does it take to start a new chapter?

Typically, the process can be completed within an academic term. PTK staff work together with college officials, guiding them through each step of the process.

Can a college have more than one chapter?

Yes. If a college has more than one campus, each campus is eligible to charter a Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Most multi-campus colleges have multiple chapters.

How is an advisor selected?

The college’s administration designates and approves all chapter advisors. The advisor must be an employee of the college where the chapter is started.

How much does a student pay to become a member?

Membership fees are paid once, and membership is for life. The one-time fee includes a $60 international fee, a regional fee (ranging $1-$10) and in some cases a small local fee. Some colleges use funds from their foundations or other budgetary sources to cover all or part of their the membership fees for students, so finances do not become barriers to students experiencing the benefits of PTK membership.

Requirements for Starting a Chapter

To establish a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an institution must:

    • Submit to Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters a signed copy of the Chapter Charter Petition.
    • Have at least one faculty or staff member of the institution serve as a chapter advisor.
    • Have college administrative support for establishing a Phi Theta Kappa chapter on campus.
    • Agree to provide an electronic file of eligible students to be loaded into member reporting software and allow students the option to complete membership application and pay fees online Offer associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, or one-year certificate programs.

International Institutions

Phi Theta Kappa determines the eligibility of international institutions on a case by case basis. Contact us to receive an evaluation to charter, if you have questions.