Senior Hall, Stephens College-circa 1918About Us


Phi Theta Kappa is the officially recognized honor society for two-year colleges on a national level. Phi Theta Kappa members may participate individually in a variety of personal and professional development initiatives or participate in activities on the chapter, regional and/or international levels. Members choose the level of engagement that fits best.


Phi Theta Kappa traces its beginnings to a Society that originated with six charter members under the name of Kappa Phi Omicron at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, in 1910. The Society continued to grow and in the spring of 1918 was one of many honorary groups in Missouri. At a meeting of the presidents of the Missouri junior colleges for women in 1918, it was decided to organize a new honorary society, chapters of which would have a common character, stand, and similarity of organization. The name Phi Theta Kappa was chosen, and the Society was incorporated in Missouri as a national organization.


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.


Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold;

  1. Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and;

  2. Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.


Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters, Jackson, MS

Phi Theta Kappa is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. Here Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO, and her staff work to provide the support and direction needed to fulfill the purpose and mission of the Society.


Phi Theta Kappa boasts a membership of apporoximately 2.5 million worldwide with nearly 1300 chapters.


Membership is organized into four Divisions. Each division contains various Regions. And within each Region are various numbers of chapters found in each state of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, U.S. Territories, British Virgin Islands, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, United Arab Emirates, and the Marshall Islands.Division Map of Phi Theta Kappa


Missouri Region is divided into three Districts, Phi, Theta, and Kappa, and is proud to be the home of 27 chapters.