Academic Regulations

Phi Theta Kappa

The International Honor Society for two-year colleges, Alpha Eta Chi, Passaic County Community College’s Chapter is a member of the Middle-States Region.  Alpha Eta Chi was chartered in 1982 and is an award-winning Chapter with recognition at both the Regional and International levels.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold:

  1. Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and
  2. Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.


  • Students must have completed at least 12 college level credits of coursework that will be applied to their Associate Degree (part-time students may be eligible).
  • Students must have an institutional Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher (Developmental and/or ELS course work cannot be figured into GPA).
  • Students must receive an invitation for membership from the Chapter Advisor in order to enroll.
  • A one-time membership fee of $65.00 is required at the time of membership.
  • Students who do not meet the membership criteria may join as a Provisional Member. Provisional Members can participate in all events, projects and service work. Membership fees are not paid until the student meets the full criteria for membership.

Benefits of Membership
Membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society guarantees the student access to benefits that recognize outstanding academic accomplishments and provide students with the competitive edge that helps ensure future success. These benefits are unmatched by any other collegiate honor society.  

Membership recognizes academic success, upon membership students are provided:

  • A Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Membership Pin
  • A Phi Theta Kappa Membership Certificate and ID Card
  • Recognition during ‘s annual Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony
  • Notation of membership on college transcript
  • Recognition by wearing Phi Theta Kappa Commencement
  • Regalia during graduation and other official ceremonies

Phi Theta Kappa offers members opportunities to apply for over $87 million in scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa, partnering  senior colleges, universities, and foundations – a benefit unmatched by other honor societies.

Transfer Scholarships
More than $37 million in transfer scholarship opportunities available to members.

For further information on membership, Contact Professor Jennifer Gasparino at jgasparino@pccc.edu or ptk@pccc.edu

Middle States Completes, Community College Completion Corps
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) supports the Community College Completion Corps (C4) and hosts a myriad of events during Completion Week every October. Alpha Eta Chi has been named #1 among New Jersey community colleges for their efforts during completion week and received the Middle States Completes 2018 Outstanding C4 Events Week award, and the Middle States Completes 2019 Outstanding C4 Event award.

The Center for Leadership Excellence
Alpha Eta Chi, along with the PCCC Honors Program, runs The Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE), located in the main campus library. All students are welcome to visit the CLE. The CLE is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and Friday's from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. The CLE offers a computer lab with printing and study space for individual and group study. Workshops and events related to Phi Theta Kappa's four Hallmarks, Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship are held throughout the year.  PTK meetings are held weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters on Friday's from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. All are welcome.