Phi Theta Kappa

CNM’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is Alpha Upsilon Chi.
Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Upsilon Chi

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college since 1918 and has become the largest and most prestigious international honor society serving two-year colleges around the world. It's main function is to reward the hard work of students who excel academically, to organize service projects, and to coordinate honors study topics.


Membership is by invitation only. Invitations are emailed to eligible students the 4th week of each semester. To be eligible for PTK, you need to:

  • Declare a major in an associate degree program or certificate program,
  • Complete 12 or more credit hours at CNM in an associate degree program; 6 or more hours in a certificate program,
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher

Membership Benefits

Benefits of Phi Theta Kappa membership include:

  • Prestigious Golden Key Membership Pin
  • Certificate of Membership
  • Recognition during college induction ceremony
  • Opportunity to purchase official regalia (stole and tassel) to wear during CNM Graduation Ceremony
  • Phi Theta Kappa Gold Diploma Seal
  • Scholarship Opportunities
    • $37 million in transfer scholarships
    • $87 million in scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa, partnering senior colleges, universities and foundations
  • Looks great on your resume
  • Can become involved with the CNM Chapter with events on campus and in the Albuquerque Community
  • Opportunity to be published in Phi Theta Kappa's anthology, Nota Bene
  • Opportunities to develop research and servant leadership skills by participating in Honors in Action programming in local chapter
  • Opportunity to become part of a network of over 2.5 million fellow scholars and servant leaders on more than 1,270 campuses worldwide
  • Increased pay grade for entry level federal jobs
  • Personalized letters of recommendation for scholarships and employment
  • Special benefits and offers from Phi Theta Kappa corporate partners
  • Free:
    • Enrollment in PTK Connect, a career, scholarship and transfer planning tool
    • Access to Five Star Competitive Edge, a personal and professional development plan for building marketable skills and an online portfolio
    • Access to our Career Resource Center
    • Enrollment in Transfer Edge, a course that helps build the skills you need to be ready to transfer to a 4-year institution

More Information

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