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Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society serving colleges offering associate degree programs. Founded in 1918, it currently has more than 1200 chapters in the United States and abroad. Its main purpose is to recognize and encourage academic excellence among associate degree students, but the four hallmarks to which Phi Theta Kappa is dedicated are scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship.


To be accepted into Phi Theta Kappa, a student must:

  1. have completed at least 12 units of course work at Merced College;
  2. have a cumulative grade point average of 3.45 or higher;
  3. complete and submit a membership profile form;
  4. pay a one-time membership fee at the time of application.


Members of Phi Theta Kappa are entitled to:

  1. wear the Phi Theta Kappa stole at graduation;
  2. have the Phi Theta Kappa seal affixed to their diploma;
  3. have their transcripts stamped with the Phi Theta Kappa insignia;
  4. attend regional and national conventions;
  5. participate in the Summer Honors Institute;
  6. apply for assorted Phi Theta Kappa scholarships;
  7. participate in projects of the local chapter.

The principal induction is held during the spring semester, but memberships will be accepted throughout the academic year; however, graduating students must apply at least 45 days prior to graduation.

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