Membership Requirements

New Members – Qualified students are selected from those who are registered for the Fall or Spring semesters.  Membership is not open during the Summer and Winter sessions. If qualified for membership, the College President will invite students via mail or email.


1.      Cumulative GPA: Grades in all degree and non-degree courses taken while the student was actively enrolled at Bergen Community College will be considered in determining the qualifying cumulative GPA of new members and the retention of continuing members. Each candidate for membership must achieve the following cumulative GPA based on degree credits earned:

Credits Category

Credits Earned

Qualifying GPA


12 – 15

3.75 – 4.0


16 – 31

3.70 – 4.0


32 – 48

3.65 – 4.0



3.60 – 4.0


2.      Eligible Degree Programs – Students in the following degree programs are eligible for continued and new membership: A.A. Degree, A.S. Degree, A.A.S. Degree.

3.      Good Moral Character – Students must be of good moral character and must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct of Bergen Community College.

4.      Transfer Students – Students who have transferred to Bergen Community College may apply for consideration for membership based on credits earned and academic standing. Each student must be assessed on a case-by-case basis through an appointment with the Phi Theta Kappa Faculty or Administrative Advisor.

Continued Membership – Once inducted into Alpha Epsilon Phi, members must maintain a cumulative        GPA of at least 3.50 and continue to follow Bergen Community College’s Student Code of       Conduct. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 3.50, the student will be placed on probation for one semester immediately following GPA drop. If student fails to raise their         cumulative GPA to 3.50 after this semester of probation, they will lose his or her Phi Theta   Kappa status through the national headquarters.

Additional membership opportunities:.

·         Alumni Member: An alumnus member shall be a former member of the Society who terminated active membership in good standing and who was enrolled for at least one year in a two-year college. Alumni members have full privileges of active members except the right to vote or the right to hold office.

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