GENERAL ACADEMIC REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION

Academic Honors

  
Graduation with Honors
  First Honor Graduate
  Presidential Scholar and Dean's List
  Honor Fraternities and Societies
  Presidential Honors Day Luncheon


Graduation with Honors

The University awards degrees with honors to candidates who meet specified standards of academic excellence. In order to be considered for a degree with honors, a student must meet the following requirements:
  1. Graduating students will be recommended for graduation with honors on the basis of their overall grade point average for all college-level work attempted. The overall grade point average or all-college average includes all work attempted at the University of Georgia as well as all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or subsequent to matriculation at the University. Respective standards are as follows:

    HONORS DESIGNATION REQUIRED OVERALL GPA
    Summa cum laude 3.90
    Magna cum laude 3.70
    Cum laude 3.50

    Note: Law students should refer to the Law School student handbook for information about graduation with honors.

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First Honor Graduate

Each student completing a baccalaureate or Pharm.D. degree with an overall grade point average of 4.0 will be designated a First Honor Graduate. The overall grade point average or all-college average includes all work attempted at the University of Georgia as well as all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or subsequent to matriculation at the University.

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Presidential Scholar and Dean's List

The University encourages excellence in scholarship and gives recognition to students whose work is superior by publishing the Presidential Scholar and Dean's Lists from each school or college at the end of each semester. To be named a presidential scholar, students must have achieved during the preceding semester a grade point average of 4.00, earned at least 14 hours, with a minimum of 12 hours in courses graded A-F (9 hours during summer semester, with a minimum of 6 hours in courses graded A-F) numbered 1000 or higher, and received no unsatisfactory or incomplete grades. Students who are not named a Presidential Scholar in a given semester will be named to the Dean's List if they have achieved during the preceding semester a grade point average greater than or equal to 3.50; earned at least 14 hours (6 hours during summer semester) in courses numbered 1000 or higher; and received no grades below a B (3.0), no unsatisfactory grades, and no incomplete grades.

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Honor Fraternities and Societies

Several honor fraternities and societies at the University extend recognition to students on the basis of scholarship and good character. There are chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, and many college, school, and departmental honor societies.

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Presidential Honors Day Luncheon

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the event honors recipients of national and international scholarships, first honor graduates, the Student Government Association president and vice president and outstanding students in their final year of study from each of the colleges and schools.

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