Academic Honors

A. Degrees with Distinction

The Faculty and the Student Association of Keuka College believe the achievement of high academic standards is very important. In order to promote, encourage and recognize academic achievements, “Degrees with Distinction” are awarded to graduating seniors upon the recommendation of the faculty.

Eligibility for an award of Degree with Distinction is based on the earned cumulative grade point average, as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.7
  • Cum Laude: 3.5

Transfer students, in order to be eligible for any of the Degrees with Distinction, must have taken a minimum of 34 semester credits at Keuka College. In the computation of commencement honors, only coursework completed at Keuka College will count towards the calculation of a Degree with Distinction. A student is thus eligible for a Degree with Distinction based on his/her Keuka College work alone. (Effective January 2015)

B. Policy on Dean’s List

Full-time matriculated students are eligible for the dean’s list on the basis of academic work for the semester, having achieved a GPA of 3.5 and earning a minimum of 12 semester credit hours, excluding Field Period and courses whose numerical prefix begins with 0, with no incompletes.

Part-time matriculated students are eligible for the dean’s list on the basis of academic work completed within a two-year time period if they have achieved a GPA of 3.5 for each block of at least 12 hours, excluding Field Period and courses whose numerical prefix begins with 0, with no incompletes.

C. Divisional/Discipline Honors

Honors are awarded to seniors who fulfill the requirements for honors specified by the individual division/discipline and, in the case of student- initiated majors, by the student’s SIM Committee and at least one additional faculty member. A student usually indicates his/her plan to meet the requirements for honors during the spring semester of the year preceding his/her graduation. Information concerning requirements may be obtained from the respective division chairperson.

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