Academic Excellence

Eligible students receive the following honors and awards in recognition of academic achievement:

Dean’s Honors List

The School of the Arts and Architecture, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Herb Alpert School of Music, School of Nursing, School of Theater, Film, and Television, and the deans of the five divisions in the College of Letters and Science award Dean’s Honors to deserving students each term. Honors are based on the grade-point average attained within a specified number of units. Contact the College or school for more information.

Latin Honors

The College and schools award Latin honors according to overall grade-point average at graduation. To be eligible students must have completed at least 90 (98 for the School of Nursing) UC units for a letter grade. The levels of honors are summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude. Specific requirements vary for each level and are detailed in the Curricula and Courses chapter. See Registrar’s honors for the most current calculations of Latin honors.

Departmental Honors

In the College of Letters and Science, departmental honors and highest honors are awarded at graduation on the recommendation of a student’s major department, based on successful completion of a departmental honors program. Students should contact their department for its requirements.

Departmental Scholar Program

Departments in the College of Letters and Science and each school — except the Herb Alpert School of Music; School of Nursing; and School of Theater, Film, and Television — may nominate exceptionally promising juniors and seniors as Departmental Scholars to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degree programs simultaneously. Nominations are submitted to the College or school dean for recommendation to the dean of the Graduate Division. Students interested in becoming Departmental Scholars should contact their departments well in advance of application dates for graduate admission (see the calendar).

Honor Societies