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The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, established in 1918, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1.5 million members and over 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states and abroad. Its purpose is to nurture academic excellence by promoting an intellectual climate and a special sense of community among high achieving students. Upon induction into Phi Theta Kappa, members pledge to uphold the hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service. Xi Kappa, the chapter at Kingsborough - begun in 1965 shortly after the College was founded - is one of the largest and most active chapters in the nation. In March 2006, Kingsborough was awarded the Phi Theta Kappa "Horizon Award" for the most revitalized chapter. It has also been accorded Five-Star status. Membership in this prestigious society affords numerous benefits to its members including thousands of dollars in transfer scholarships offered by many four-year colleges and universities. A complete listing of scholarships can be found at

Phi Theta Kappa membership will be entered on the transcript, published on the Kingsborough Honors Program website, and noted in the Commencement booklet.

At Graduation, students are eligible to wear the Society's gold silk stole and tassel (available for purchase in the Honors House), will lead all graduates into the assembly area, and will be seated in a special section during the Graduation Ceremony.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must have earned 12 or credits (beyond developmental courses).
  • Must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher, with no grades of D, F, FIN, INC, R, or WU.
  • Must have passed the CUNY Skills Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.


  • Xi Kappa is a very active student organization at Kingsborough. It offers members a rich variety of co-curricular activities, on- and off-campus including Satellite Seminars Series and travel to regional and national conventions and conferences. Members are invited to attend chapter meetings and the most active students are encouraged to run for office.
  • To remain a member in good standing, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Certificate and Ceremony

  • After joining, students will receive a membership package from the Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters that contains a membership certificate, an ID, and the Society's gold pin of excellence.
  • New members are formally inducted in an official annual induction ceremony each May. Invitations will be sent to the new members who could also bring their family members and friends to the ceremony and the reception and dinner that will follow.

Application Process

  • A letter of invitation will be sent by the president of the college at the end of each term to eligible students.
  • Membership requires a one-time $50 lifetime fee transmitted to the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa. Money order should be made payable to "KCC Association".
  • Students must complete an application. A printed version is available in the Honors House in M377 or in the Associate Provost Office in M386.

For Further Information

  • Visit the Associate Provost office in M386 or call (718) 368-5029.
  • Visit the Honors House in M377 or call (718) 368-5365.
  • Refer to Phi Theta Kappa in the College Catalog.
  • Contact the Xi Kappa President in M386.
  • Contact the Xi Kappa faculty advisors:

Professor Mary Dawson - Department of Biological Science
S207, (718) 368-5740
Professor Caterina Pierre - Department of Art
S253, (718) 368-4622
Professor Morton Wagman - Department of History, Philosophy and Political Science
D116, (718) 368-5621

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