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Academic Recognition

Dean's List of Distinction. Students will be placed on the Dean's List of Distinction through the Dean of Students if they complete a minimum of 24 credit hours and achieve a 3.75 or above grade point average for any two of the three academic terms of the year (cumulative grade point averages are not considered).

Dean's Honor Roll. Students will be placed on the Dean's Honor Roll through the Dean of Students if they complete a minimum of 24 credit hours and achieve a 3.50 to 3.74 grade point average for any two of the three academic terms of the year (cumulative grade point averages are not considered).

Graduation with Honors. Graduation with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) is determined on the basis of a student's UNC cumulative grade point average. A student's academic record is reviewed for graduation with honors the semester before the semester that the student will graduate.

To qualify for honors, and have the honors recognized at graduation and indicated on the student's transcript, the student must have successfully completed 50 semester hours of UNC credit (excludes currently enrolled credits) and achieved the necessary cumulative grade point average.

A student's record may also be reviewed at the end of the semester for honor qualifications. Upon review, the current term's classes are included and a student must have successfully completed 56 semester hours of UNC credits and have achieved the necessary cumulative grade point average. In this situation, the honors designation will be indicated on the student's transcript.

In either situation, the honors designation will be indicated on the student's transcript. However, the honors designation will be announced at graduation ceremonies only for those students who qualified for honors the semester before graduation.

The criteria for awarding honors will be determined by the graduating classes of a given college from the previous academic year. The criterion for cumulative grade point average for "summa cum laude" will be determined by the lowest cumulative grade point average of the students in the top two percent of the previous year's school/college graduating class; for "magna cum laude", by the lowest cumulative grade point average of students in the top four percent; and for "cum laude", by the lowest cumulative grade point average of students in the top six percent.


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