Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedure for Undergraduate Students
Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Zeta Chapter

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Undergraduate Students must

  • have completed one-half of the nursing curriculum;
  • have at least a GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale);
  • rank in the upper 35 percentile of the graduating class;
  • meet the expectation of academic integrity.

Faculty invite eligible senior nursing students into STTI in January of their senior year. 

RN/LPN Students must

  • have completed 12 credit hours at current school;
  • have completed one-half of the nursing curriculum;
  • have at least a GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale);
  • rank in the upper 35 percentile of graduating class;
  • meet the expectation of academic integrity.

Faculty invite eligible RN/LPN students into STTI in January of their senior year. 

Membership Application

  1. Faculty counselors identify undergraduate students who are in the top 35% of their class based on GPA, and thus, are eligible for STTI membership. Their names are entered into the Sigma Theta Tau International database.
  2. The STTI National Office sends eligible students a formal invitation via email for STTI membership with instructions on how to register online, pay dues, purchase jewelry, etc.  
  3. Membership dues must be paid to Sigma Theta Tau International at least two weeks prior to the Annual Induction Ceremony.  Note: Do not purchase a Sigma Honor Cord (typically worn at graduation). The Chapter will provide you with the cord.
  4. The STTI National Office will also send a formal invitation via email to the Induction Ceremony on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

What does the "Upper 35%" Really Mean?

There has been some confusion and many questions from chapters and potential members regarding how the 35% requirement can be applied. Following are the ways the 35% rule can be applied. Keep in mind the other undergraduate requirements of having at least a 3.0 GPA and completing at least one-half of the nursing curriculum must also have been met.

  • Satellite campuses and at-large chapters are allowed to invite students in the upper 35% of their class from each campus.
  • RN students in baccalaureate programs may be considered as a separate class when a generic program has an RN track. Therefore, you may invite the upper 35% of the RN class and the upper 35% of the generic class. Prospects from both groups must still meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement and have completed one-half of the nursing curriculum. If your RN class is particularly small, you may find it better to include them with the generic BSN class.
  • LPN students in baccalaureate programs may be considered as a separate class when a generic program has an RN track. Therefore, you may invite the upper 35% of the RN class and the upper 35% of the generic class. Prospects from both groups must still meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement and have completed one-half of the nursing curriculum. If your RN class is particularly small, you may find it better to include them with the generic BSN class.
  • Transfer students in baccalaureate programs may be considered as a separate class when a generic program has an RN track. Therefore, you may invite the upper 35% of the RN class and the upper 35% of the generic class. Prospects from both groups must still meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement and have completed one-half of the nursing curriculum. If your RN class is particularly small, you may find it better to include them with the generic BSN class.
  • Second Degree students in baccalaureate programs may be considered as a separate class when a generic program has an RN track. Therefore, you may invite the upper 35% of the RN class and the upper 35% of the generic class. Prospects from both groups must still meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement and have completed one-half of the nursing curriculum. If your RN class is particularly small, you may find it better to include them with the generic BSN class.
  • Generic students in baccalaureate programs may be considered as a separate class when a generic program has an RN track. Therefore, you may invite the upper 35% of the RN class and the upper 35% of the generic class. Prospects from both groups must still meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement and have completed one-half of the nursing curriculum. If your RN class is particularly small, you may find it better to include them with the generic BSN class.
  • A class is interpreted to mean the group that is anticipated to graduate together at that same time. (i.e., at completion of fall semester, spring semester, summer classes, etc.)
  • If the lowest GPA in the upper 35% of the class is 3.8, for example, only those with GPAs of 3.8 and higher would be eligible.
  • If the lowest GPA of the upper 35% of the class falls below 3.0, only those with 3.0 and higher can be invited to join.
  • Chapters cannot go back and invite other students who did not fall into the upper 35% of their class if some prospects within the upper 35% of the class decline the membership invitation.
  • Students who attain the same GPA should not be counted as "one" when determining the top 35% of the class. (i.e., if ten students have a 4.0 GPA, each student should be counted as part of the top 35%). However, if there are multiple students holding the "cutoff" GPA, each student should be considered for membership. (i.e., if 3.20 is the cutoff GPA, and three students have attained this, each should be invited to membership).