Honors Student Organizations Phi Theta Kappa
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 www.ptk.org. 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.
~Must have earned 12 or more credits. ~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 and Writing.
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 of Membership & Member Identification Card ~Notation on your Academic Transcripts
~Opportunity to purchase Golden Monogrammed Honors Stole, Tassel and Cords to wear at Graduation and Gold Seal for KCC Diploma(s) ~Recommendation Letters upon request ~Opportunity to attend regional and national conferences for active members ~Access to $35 million members only scholarships
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. (Delivery timetable approximately 6-8 weeks.) ~New members are formally inducted in an official annual induction ceremony each May. Invitations will be sent to all new members with the opportunity to bring their family members and friends to the ceremony and the reception that will follow.
~A letter of invitation will be sent by both email and mail from the president of the college at the beginning of each term to eligible students. Eligible students are able to apply at any time during the semester. ~Membership requires a one-time $65 lifetime fee transmitted to the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa. This fee is payable by credit or debit card using the Phi Theta Kappa online system:
For Further Information
~Visit the Honors Office in M377 or call
(718) 368-5365. ~Refer to Phi Theta Kappa in the College Catalog.
Contact the Xi Kappa faculty advisors: ~Dr. Homar Barcena – M377, (718) 368-5365 ~Helen-Margaret Nasser - M230, (718) 368-4954
~Anna Geller – A214, (718) 368-6731
The Kingsborough Honors Club is created for students interested in academic excellence and/or seeking opportunities to enrich their social, cultural, and civic horizons. Our mission is to personify the Honors' motto for
“Leadership, Service, and Scholarship” throughout the academic year. Anything from fundraisers to off-campus trips, we offer activities and events that promote cultural awareness, educational support, and community engagement. We encourage all students to join in fellowship with us. For more information, please visit the Honors Office in room M377.
Student World Assembly
Student World Assembly
Kingsborough Honors Program aims to enrich students' education by providing them with a rich menu of nearly cost-free co-curricular activities on- and off-campus, nationally and internationally, that will broaden their horizons and inspire them to become leaders and engaged citizens.
"Thinking Globally, Acting Locally" is the motto of our program and "R2C" [Responsibility to Care] is a signature social responsibility initiative that our students in collaboration with the
Student World Assembly have come up with Kingsborough's developing
Center for Civic Engagement also contains important information and interested students should visit the site to find out about service learning and other civic engagement opportunities.
Please check the Calendar and the Off Campus Study sections of this website to see the upcoming events and co-curricular activities. For more information, please visit the Honors Office in room M377.
Partners in the Park
Partners in the Parks is an outdoor experiential learning program sponsored by Southern Utah University and Cedar Breaks National Monument in cooperation with the National Collegiate Honors Council. Partners in the Parks projects at national parks across the country offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value. Our first project, at Bryce Canyon National Park, was organized in 2007 as a 2016 Centennial Initiative Program with Cedar Breaks National Monument as the sponsoring park unit. Since then we have sponsored 40 projects at 32 different parks for over 350 student participants. Seminars led by university faculty and park personnel will include historical, scientific, cultural, and other important areas unique to a given park. Projects will also take advantage of exciting recreational opportunities in the parks to broaden participant's understanding of the overall value of national parks to our country and its citizens.
For program details, dates and destinations visit:
Scholarships are available for PITP experiences. To apply for financial assistance visit:
Northeast Regional Honors Council:
For more information, please visit the Honors Office in room M377.