Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the official honor society for two-year colleges. The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is twofold: to recognize and encourage the academic achievements of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau.

Many transfer institutions offer scholarship money to Phi Theta Kappa members. Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Binghamton University, American University, and Ithaca College are examples of popular institutions which have traditionally offered Onondaga PTK members thousands of dollars upon proof of membership in good standing.

Onondaga Community College's chapter is Alpha Sigma Zeta. The chapter is student-run with elected officers. To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, a student must be matriculated; have completed 12 credit hours at Onondaga Community College, and have earned a minimum cumulative GPA here of 3.5. It is recommended that students accept membership into PTK the semester they become eligible, as the GPA needed to remain a member is 3.25, a bit lower than students need to earn to be invited. If a member earns a cumulative GPA lower than 3.25, membership may be revoked.

Invitations are sent each fall and spring to eligible students inviting them to join. Students must be currently matriculated at OCC during the fall or spring semester to be inducted. OCC does not induct students during the summer or winter semesters. Graduates are not eligible for retroactive induction. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible for membership.

Although membership in Phi Theta Kappa is independent of participation in the Honors Program, Honors Program students are typically members. Incoming Honors Program students may participate in Phi Theta Kappa activities on campus on a provisional basis while working toward becoming eligible by completing the semester with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA at Onondaga.

For further information about the international Phi Theta Kappa organization, visit:

For more information about Onondaga's Alpha Sigma Zeta Chapter of PTK, visit the Honors office or contact:

Dr. Annie Tuttle, Faculty Advisor
Mawhinney Hall Room 380Q
Phone: (315) 498-2778
email: [email protected]