Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community and junior college students, was first established in 1908. Induction into Phi Theta Kappa acknowledges outstanding scholastic achievement and is available to students who have attained a record of academic excellence, as defined by the national organization and the College.

The Alpha Kappa Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was initiated at Hostos Community College in 1985. In order to be eligible for induction, which takes place annually, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Enrollment at Hostos Community College at the time of induction;

  2. Completion of a minimum of 12 academic credits by the end of the semester prior to induction;

  3. Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5;

  4. Attainment of academic excellence and good moral character, as judged by the faculty.

  5. Must complete 15 hours of volunteer work or community service before

Students are required to pay a one-time initiation fee to The National Hispanic Honor Society and to submit a letter of recommendation from a chapter sponsor.