Alpha Pi Epsilon SWC Alpha Pi Epsilon SWC

Eligibility & Membership


  • You must be enrolled in an accredited institution offering an associate degree program.
  • You must have completed at least 12 semester units of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree (part-time students may be eligible).*
  • You must generally have a grade point average of 3.5.**
  • You must receive an invitation to membership from the chapter at the college where presently enrolled.
  • You must adhere to the moral standards of the society.

* Part-time students are usually eligible for membership if they have accumulated the total number of units used by the college to designate full-time status (usually 12 units on a semester system). The decision to make part-time students eligible is an option of the local chapter and should be addressed in each chapter's bylaws. International students attending college outside their home countries are eligible for membership if they have completed at least 12 units of associate degree course work and have met the required cumulative grade point average.

** A chapter may raise eligibility standards as long as they are in accordance with the Society's Constitution.


Membership eligibility is based on your outstanding GPA; therefore, membership is a special honor afforded to a small group of outstanding students.

Members pay a one-time membership fee** of $100.00 which enrolls them in the organization on the local, regional and international levels. After induction, members must simply maintain a GPA of 3.25 to remain members.

Phi Theta Kappa membership guarantees you access to more benefits than any other student organization. As a member, your academic excellence will be recognized with the Golden Key Membership Pin, membership certificate and identification card, notation of membership on your diploma and transcripts and the privilege of wearing Phi Theta Kappa regalia at graduation.

Membership also includes an array of benefits designed to help you grow as a scholar and servant leader. The local chapter allows you to network with a local group of scholars on campus and hone critical leadership and business skills such as researching real-life issues in your community, working on a team to plan ways to impact or resolve those issues, learning to effectively communicate and collaborate with fellow students, faculty, administration and local businesses to improve the community, and learning to negotiate conflicts in a positive way through our Honors in Action programming.

More about membership in Chapter 3 of our Bylaws.

Other benefits that are available without participation in the local chapter include a news release announcing your membership sent to your local newspaper; eligibility to apply for scholarships offered by Phi Theta Kappa to fund both associate and baccalaureate degree studies; and letters of recommendation to scholarship officials and potential employers. You will be automatically enrolled free of charge in, a transfer planning program that also includes detailed information on transfer scholarships offered only to Phi Theta Kappa members. If you would like to learn more, please go to:

**If you're in EOPS, your membership fee is paid for you.