Phi Theta Kappa, founded over 100 years ago, is recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official national honor society for two-year colleges. Since our local chapter was founded in 1996, thousands of Saddleback College students have taken advantage of the fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and service opportunities offered by Phi Theta Kappa.


Saddleback College President Dr. Elliot Stern invites eligible students at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. That letter contains instructions for accepting membership and becoming involved in the local chapter.

Eligibility requires :

  • A 3.5 GPA over college-level courses after at least 12 units have been completed.
  • Enrollment in at least 5 units in the at the time membership is accepted.
  • A one-time payment of $85 dues by the end of the semester in which the invitation is issued. Phi Theta Kappa membership is a lifetime membership so long as the member's cumulative GPA does not fall below 3.25. EOPS students are eligible for reimbursement of their dues.

If you believe you are eligible but have not received an invitation by the fourth week of a Fall or Spring semester, contact advisors Professor Ryan Hitch or Professor Bridget Hoida.

Phi Theta Kappa Membership Record

Phi Theta Kappa membership is recognized on Saddleback College transcripts.

Although there are no participation requirements for either membership or transcript notation, we encourage students to be active members and take advantage of all the experiences Phi Theta Kappa offers. Information on the numerous benefits, scholarships, and involvement opportunities of Phi Theta Kappa can be found at


Members are invited to be a part of our Canvas community when they have accepted membership and paid their dues. The schedule of weekly meetings is announced at the start of each semester.

2022 College Project

Our chapter's College Project for 2022 was the creation of video tours of Saddleback's buildings so that new students and students returning from our COVID closure could feel more welcome and more confident on campus. This project was recognized as a "Top 100" project nationally and as the Top College Project in the Nevada/California region. It will be updated as our new buildings come online (and our old ones go). We're very proud: Click here to check it out!


NOTE: Some for-profit companies pose as honor societies, even using the colors and fonts of established societies. Only Alpha Gamma Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa are approved campus-wide honor societies. Saddleback College does not share your academic information with outside organizations.