Undergraduate Honors and Awards

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List is the official recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Inclusion on the Dean’s List is based on the comparative semester grade point average for that semester. Monmouth University students who fall within the top 20 percent of their major program by semester grade point average are recognized on the Dean’s List for that semester. Undeclared students will be grouped as one major. Students pursuing multiple degrees will be eligible for the Dean’s List if they fall within the top 20 percent of any major they are pursuing. In addition to the requisite class standing, a student must have a cumulative grade point average above 3.30 and must have completed all semester course work, except for the Honors Thesis. This list is compiled each spring and fall semester immediately after the conclusion of the semester. Part–time students will be evaluated for inclusion on the fall or spring semester Dean’s List each time twelve or more credits are accumulated in successive semesters. Credits utilized for inclusion on the Dean’s List will not be considered for subsequent Dean’s Lists.

Graduation with Honors

To be graduate with honors, a baccalaureate degree recipient must have earned at least fifty-six (56) credits at Monmouth University and have a cumulative GPA no lower than 3.50. Three levels of honors are distinguished and indicated on the diploma:

  • cum laude for students earning a GPA between 3.50 and 3.64;
  • magna cum laude for students earning a GPA between 3.65 and 3.84; and
  • summa cum laude for students earning a GPA between 3.85 and 4.00.

Students who received academic amnesty (see Academic Amnesty for more information) are not eligible to graduate with honors.

Department Honors

Department Honors are available for undergraduate students majoring in Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Foreign Language with a Concentration in Spanish, Sociology, or Political Science. Department Honors are noted on the student transcript, and a letter will be issued by the chair of the department.

The Alumni Association Academic Achievement Award

This award is presented at Commencement to the student who completed all academic work at Monmouth University and has graduated with the highest grade point average.