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How can I obtain the Phi Theta Kappa seal on my college diploma?

You are required to complete a graduation application with Student Services prior to graduating.  Within this application is a question asking if you are a Phi Theta Kappa member.  If Phi Theta Kappa membership is selected and confirmed, then the seal will be applied to your diploma.

How can I obtain the Phi Theta Kappa membership stamp on my college transcript?

First, complete the college transcript ordering process at and be sure to select the "pick-up transcript" option.  Next, send an email to stating that you recently ordered your transcript(s) and would like to request a Phi Theta Kappa stamp.  Please provide your student identification number and the requested number of transcripts.

Is Phi Theta Kappa a sorority/fraternity?

It is not a fraternity/sorority. It is an honor society, which serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of the two-year college student and provide opportunities for individual growth and development.

What are the benefits of Phi Theta Kappa membership?

Membership recognizes your academic success

  • The Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Membership Pin
  • A Phi Theta Kappa Membership Certificate and ID Card
  • Recognition during college induction ceremony
  • The official Seal of Phi Theta Kappa placed on your college diploma
  • Notation of membership on your college transcript

Membership empowers you with a competitive edge

  • Access to $37 million in scholarships for members only
  • FREE enrollment in, a transfer and college completion planning tool
  • FREE access to Five Star Competitive Edge, a personal and professional development plan for building marketable skills and an online portfolio
  • FREE access to our Career Resource Center
  • Opportunity to be published in Phi Theta Kappa's anthology, Nota Bene
  • Opportunities to develop research and servant leadership skills by participating in Honors in Action programming in local chapter
  • Opportunity to become part of a network of over 2.5 million fellow scholars and servant leaders on more than 1,270 campuses worldwide
  • Increased pay grade for entry level federal jobs
  • Personalized letters of recommendation for scholarships and employment
  • Special benefits and offers from Phi Theta Kappa corporate partners

Is membership transferable to other colleges?

Phi Theta Kappa membership is for two-year colleges only.  Membership may be transferable if you meet the new chapter’s eligibility requirements.  Contact the chapter advisor for confirmation.

Are honors classes needed?

Honors courses are not required.

What is Phi Theta Kappa?

Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society for two-year colleges, as recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges.

How much do I have to pay?

Membership dues vary between chapters.  Lone Star College-University Park chapter dues total $100.

International Membership Fee - $59

Regional Membership Fee - $5

Chapter Membership Fee - $36

What's expected of me once I'm a member?

All Phi Theta Kappa activities are voluntary.  We encourage participation in order to receive the full benefit of membership.

If I'm dismissed, may I join again?

If dismissed for academic reasons, then membership can be renewed once eligibility requirements are met.

Will membership help me in graduate school?

Phi Theta Kappa membership is most helpful while enrolled in a two-year college.  Experiences gained while a member will help when seeking graduate admission.

Are we still members of Phi Theta Kappa if we transfer to a four-year institution?

Your membership continues as long as you meet the chapter eligibility requirements.  When you transfer, you will no longer meet the Beta Upsilon Nu requirement of being enrolled in at least 3.0 credit hours.  Therefore, your membership will end, and you will be known as Phi Theta Kappa alumni.

Does Phi Theta Kappa offer outdoor activities?

Chapter advisors, officers, and members meet regularly throughout the year to discuss a variety of activities to participate in.  Outdoor activities similar to Habitat for Humanity have been scheduled in the past.

What happens if I’m unable to maintain a 3.5 GPA after accepting membership?

Beta Upsilon Nu requires that all members maintain a 3.0 GPA after membership is activated.  Failure to comply could result in dismissal.

What is the history of Phi Theta Kappa?

Who are the “Who’s Who” of Phi Theta Kappa?

Carol M. Browner - Former United States Environmental Protection Agency administrator
Dr. Sylvia Earle - Oceanographer and explorer
Clint Ford - Actor and voice artist
Alberto Gutman - Former Florida Republican politician
Fred Haise - Apollo 13 astronaut
Clarence Harmon - Former mayor of St. Louis
Garrett Johnson - Shot putter and Rhodes Scholar
Rich Karlgaard - Forbes Magazine publisher
Dr. Jeane Kirkpatrick - Former United Nations ambassador
Jim Lehrer - Journalist and PBS news anchor
Wes Moore - Author
Francine Irving Neff - Former Treasurer of the United States
Mirta Ojito - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
H. Ross Perot - Businessman and former presidential candidate
James F. Ports, Jr. - Former Maryland House of Delegates member
Dr. Dan Stoenescu - Romanian diplomat, political scientist, and journalist
Sela Ward - Actress
Michael Weiss - Olympic ice skater and American national champion
Dianne Vorheier - International Artists
Steven Whitehurst - Award-winning author
Trisha Yearwood - Country musician

When will I receive my membership invitation?

Once you achieve the minimum requirements for membership, an invitation will be emailed to your account and mailed to you from both Phi Theta Kappa and LSC-University Park.  These invitations will be sent out a month into the following Spring or Fall semester.

What graduation regalia can I wear during Lone Star College-University Park's ceremony?

Lone Star College-University Park requests that all Phi Theta Kappa members wear only the Honors Stole and/or Honor Cords.  Graduation regalia can be purchased here.



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