Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I know if I am eligible to join?
Eligibility requirements are listed here. Inductions are held once each semester, so if you meet all of the eligibility requirements you will receive an email inviting you to join in either October or February.

What is the fee for, and do I have to pay every year?
The fee is paid only once, when a member is first inducted. The fee covers the cost of Chapter operations. The majority of the fee is paid to the national PTK headquarters, to cover the expense of running the organization. The 2012-2013 fee breakdown is as follows: $55 to the national organization, $5 to the regional organization, $10 to the local chapter.

What will be required of me if I join?
This is the beauty of PTK - the time a member devotes to Phi Theta Kappa is a matter of individual choice. Some members choose to devote many hours to chapter activities; others may not participate at all. Members have the option to run for office or participate in chapter events, however participation is optional and will not affect your ability to remain a member, apply for scholarships, or use any of the PTK resources.

What do we wear to graduation & where do I get the regalia?
The Alpha Xi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa wears the Honors Key Stole to the commencement ceremony. If you do not have a stole, you may purchase it from the PTK web store. You may also purchase the honors cord, honors tassel, or key medallion, however these are optional.

If my GPA drops below a 3.70, will I lose my membership?
Once a student is inducted into PTK, a cumulative GPA of 3.50 must be maintained. When a member's cumulative GPA falls below 3.50, he or she has one semester in which to bring the cumulative GPA to 3.50. If he or she fails to raise the cumulative GPA to 3.50 after one semester, the member shall have his or her name stricken from the local chapter roll and the Phi Theta Kappa National Headquarters shall be notified to strike the name from the national roll as well.

How can I find out more?
If you are eligible to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, you will receive an email (to your HVCC email address) inviting you to attend an Orientation session. If you are unable to attend Orientation, or have specific questions, please contact an advisor, or send us an email.