Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education. The explosive growth of community colleges in the 1960's led Phi Theta Kappa to induct students as freshmen and study programs were offered. The complement of services, innovative programs, and membership benefits offered are unequaled among honor societies. The programs offered focus upon the Society's Hallmark of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Fellowship. It is estimated that 200,000 students participate each year.