Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is recognized as the official Honor Society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. It is represented at Bergen Community College by the Alpha Epsilon Phi Chapter. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and; provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

Phi Theta Kappa membership provides access to nearly $90 million in scholarship opportunities, guarantees recognition for outstanding academic accomplishments, and offers the competitive edge that helps ensure future success. Members also receive a notation of membership on college transcripts, and are offered exclusive networking opportunities and transfer support.

To qualify for membership, students must meet the following criteria:

Credits Category Credits Earned Qualifying GPA *
1 12 - 15 3.75 - 4.0
2 16 - 31 3.70 - 4.0
3 32 - 48 3.65 - 4.0
4 48+ 3.60 - 4.0

* Grades in all degree and non-degree courses taken while the student was actively enrolled at Bergen Community College will be considered in determining the qualifying cumulative GPA of new members and the retention of continuing members.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Qualified students are selected from those who are registered for the Fall or Spring semesters. Membership is not open during the Summer and Winter sessions.
  • Eligible Degree Programs - Students in the following degree programs are eligible for continued and new membership: A.A. Degree, A.S. Degree, A.A.S. Degree.
  • Good Moral Character – Students must be of good moral character and must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct of Bergen Community College.
  • Transfer Students - Students who have transferred to Bergen Community College may apply for consideration for membership based on credits earned and academic standing. Each student must be assessed on a case-by-case basis through an appointment with a Phi Theta Kappa Advisor.

Continued Membership:

Once inducted into Alpha Epsilon Phi, members must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 and continue to follow Bergen Community College’s Student Code of Conduct. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 3.50, the student will be placed on probation for one semester immediately following GPA drop. If the student fails to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.50 after a semester of probation, he/she will lose his/her Phi Theta Kappa status through the national headquarters.

Additional membership opportunities:

  • Provisional Member: A provisional member of Phi Theta Kappa shall be a student who, in according to the Chapter’s constitution, has shown an active interest in the affairs of Phi Theta Kappa. These members serve Phi Theta Kappa in some special capacity, but do not meet the full requirements for active membership as aforementioned. A provisional member must be actively enrolled at Bergen Community College and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Alumni Member: An alumnus member shall be a former member of the Society who terminated active membership in good standing and who was enrolled for at least one year in a two-year college. Alumni members have full privileges of active members except the right to vote or the right to hold office.

For further information, please contact:

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Office

Honors Hall, Phone: (201) 879 – 8997

E-mail: ptk@bergen.edu     Website: www.bergen.edu/phithetakappa

Professor Win Win Kyi, Faculty Advisor

Phone: (201) 447 – 7211, E-mail: wkyi@bergen.edu

Ms. Angie Goldszmidt, Administrative Advisor

Phone: (201) 879 – 8983, E-mail: agoldszmidt@bergen.edu