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Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa

Cumberland FAQs

Are part-time students eligible for membership? 
Part-time students are eligible if they have accumulated at least 12 college level credits, have earned a cummulative GPA of 3.5, and completed EN 101. 

Are online students eligible for membership? 
Students who complete at least 12 credit hours of associate degree coursework with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5, and completed EN 101 are eligible for membership, regardless of the course format. 

Is attendance at the induction ceremony mandatory to receive member status?
Absolutely not. Although we hope that you will take advantage of everything that Phi Theta Kappa has to offer, participation is not mandatory. 

Are community college students eligible for membership if they do not plan to complete their associate degree but instead plan to transfer to a senior institution? 
At Phi Theta Kappa, we strongly encourage students to complete an associate degree, before transferring to a four-year university, although it is not required for membership in Phi Theta Kappa. 

Are students pursuing certificate programs rather than associate degree programs eligible for membership? 
A certificate student may be eligible for membership if the student has accumulated at least 12 credit hours of coursework that could be applied toward an associate degree at the community college where the student is currently enrolled. 

What is Provisional Membership? 
Some chapters use provisional membership as a way to recognize and encourage students who are not yet eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, while also giving them a taste of the Phi Theta Kappa experience. Provisional members are allowed to participate in chapter events, but are not eligible for the full benefits of membership like the ability to apply for scholarships, serve as a chapter officer, or attend the Induction Ceremony. Provisional members are not reported to Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters-meaning that they do not yet receive the full benefits of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. 

Are international students, those who are citizens of countries other than the country where they attend college, eligible? 
International students attending college outside their home countries who possess full rights of citizenship of their countries are eligible for membership. 

Can transfer hours from other colleges be considered when determining membership eligibility? 
Courses taken at another institution may be considered when determining membership eligibility if this procedure is acceptable to the institution the student is currently attending. All courses considered must be applicable towards an associate degree at the student's current institution. The decision should be addressed in the chapter's bylaws and followed consistently. 

Can a high school student who is taking college credit be a member of Phi Theta Kappa?
A high school student enrolled at a two-year college who completes at least 12 credit hours of associate degree coursework with the required cumulative GPA is eligible for membership. 

Can a community college student who has already earned a degree be a member? 
A student with a degree who is enrolled at the two-year college is eligible for membership if that student completes at least 12 hours of associate degree coursework with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5, and has completed EN 101. 

If a student attended our college several years ago and did not do well, do we have to consider those grades when determining the student's eligibility? 
Courses taken more than five years ago need not be considered when determining membership eligibility. However, the college administration has the prerogative of increasing the number of years that must elapse for waiving course consideration to any period beyond five years.

How am I invited to join?
At the end of each semester, eligible students are sent an email with an invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa.  If you did not recieve an email, but believe you are eligible, please contact Michael Goonan at mgoonan@cc.rcsj.edu​.​​

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