Full-time students who demonstrate academic excellence while taking a minimum of 15 credits of graded course work are eligible for the Dean’s List of Distinguished Students at the end of each semester. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis are not counted toward the 12-credit minimum. A current minimum grade point average of 3.500 is necessary to be eligible for the dean’s list. Any student receiving an F, NC, or NG during the semester is not eligible to be on the dean’s list. The notation Dean’s List is posted normally within several weeks after the conclusion of the semester.
A certificate of Intermediate Honors is awarded to students entering the University directly from high school or preparatory school who earn at least 60 credits of course work in their first four regular semesters at the University and are among the top 20 percent of their class in the College of Arts & Sciences. The computation is based upon the cumulative grade point average at the end of the fourth semester. The notation "Intermediate Honors" is also placed on the student’s official academic record. No more than 12 of the 60 required credits may be earned on a CR/NC basis. Students must have remained in Good Standing. Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, and transfer credits do not count toward the required credits. Advanced placement, transfer credits, January Term credits and hours from Summer Session do NOT count toward the required credits.
Theses and Commencement Honors
Degrees with distinction, high distinction, and highest distinction are awarded by the Committee on Special Programs to students who have a grade point average of 3.400 or higher and have been recommended by the departments or interdepartmental programs in which they have completed a Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) or the equivalent. Distinguished majors programs require that students submit a written thesis. All degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences offer a distinguished majors program except astronomy, drama, and medieval studies. In departments offering thesis courses, non-DMP students may have an opportunity to write a thesis; contact the specific departments for more information. The committee also awards distinction (but not high or highest distinction) to students who have not enrolled in, or who have discontinued, a DMP but who complete their degree with a grade point average of at least 3.600.
Students are elected to Phi Beta Kappa for their stellar academic performance. Undergraduate members of Phi Beta Kappa are chosen from the top 12% of the fourth-year class and the top 4 percent of the third-year class.
The Echols Scholar Program offers special opportunities such as priority registration and exemption from area requirements to those undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences who are its most avid learners.
The Interdisciplinary Major Program offers students with unusual interests, superior ability, and exceptional self-discipline the opportunity to design an individual program of study instead of pursuing a regular department major.
College Arts Scholars
College Arts Scholars is an enrichment program for exceptional students in the arts overseen by the Professor Michael Rasbury and Faculty in Drama, Art and Music. Go to the College Arts Scholars website.
College Science Scholars
College Science Scholars is an enrichment program for exceptional students overseen by the chairs of the departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.