Phi Theta Kappa

UNM-Valencia Honor Society

The University of New Mexico-Valencia established the Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in 2007. Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association for Community Colleges. 

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be 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. To achieve this purpose, the organization provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service. Becoming a member offers many benefits in addition to becoming involved in chapter, college, and community activities.


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To join the Beta Zeta Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, members must meet the following requirements:

  • 12 credits completed at UNM-Valencia
  • 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA


The UNM-Valencia PTK advisor first loads the names and contact information of eligible Valencia students into the PTK Headquarters site. Shortly thereafter, the eligible student receives an email from PTK Headquarters inviting the student to follow a link within the PTK website to join. It is at that time that the student pays $80.00. PTK then notifies the chapter advisor of the new member. If you need assistance paying your dues we may be able to help. Please contact Kaydra Townsend at for more information.


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