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Honors at Graduation

How Are Honors Determined?

Honors are determined within each college as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude is conferred upon bachelors degree students whose cumulative GPA ranks them in the top 1% of the graduating class of each college based on a five year average of the top 1% in that college.
  • Magna Cum Laude is conferred upon bachelors degree students whose cumulative GPA ranks them in the next 2.5% of the graduating class of each college based on a five year average of the next top 2.5% of that college.
  • Cum Laude is conferred upon bachelors degree students whose cumulative GPA ranks them in the next 4.5% of the graduating class of each college based on a five year average of the next top 4.5% of that college

Requirements

Honors are awarded at graduation to undergraduate students who complete with distinction at least 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate course work at the University of Utah. Fifty or more of those hours must bear letter grades.  Transfer hours and credit by examination are not used in the computation of honors. Candidates who have met this criteria will be recognized with honors for the graduation ceremonies based on their academic standing in January. Students who do not meet the criteria or who renew their graduation application after this time will not be considered for honors until May. Candidates graduating spring term must maintain the cumulative GPA or higher at the end of the spring term to be eligible to graduate with honors. 

Therefore, Honors are tentative and subject to change based on final grades. 

Final Honors GPA Ranges For Each Commencement Year

College

Cum

Magna

Summa

Architecture

3.805 - 3.895

3.896 - 3.961

3.962 - 4.000

Business

3.820 - 3.913

3.914 - 3.973

3.974 - 4.000

Education

3.955 - 3.980

3.981 - 3.999

4.000 - 4.000

Engineering

3.874 - 3.950

3.951 - 3.988

3.989 - 4.000

Fine Arts

3.900 - 3.951

3.952 - 3.991

3.992 - 4.000

Health

3.862 - 3.944

3.945 - 3.99

3.991 - 4.000

Humanities

3.873 - 3.942

3.943 - 3.988

3.989 - 4.000

Medicine

3.825 - 3.914

3.915 - 3.966

3.967 - 4.000

Mines

3.819 - 3.853

3.854 - 3.969

3.970 - 4.000

Nursing

3.965 - 3.985

3.986 - 3.999

4.000 - 4.000

Science

3.906 - 3.966

3.967 - 3.993

3.994 - 4.000

Soc. & Beh. Science

3.858 - 3.943

3.944 - 3.986

3.987 - 4.000

Social Work

3.869 - 3.910

3.911 - 3.979

3.980 - 4.000

Please note: Summer 2017 candidates are allowed to participate in the May 2017 ceremonies prior to their final semester or the May 2018 ceremonies with their graduating class. However, these candidates will be considered with the 2017-2018 Final Honors GPA Ranges which will be available by the end of the Summer 2017 semester.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture 3.806-3.895 3.896-3.961 3.962-4.000
Business 3.810-3.907 3.908-3.974 3.975-4.000
Education 3.949-3.976 3.977-3.999 4.000-4.000
Engineering 3.870-3.942 3.943-3.987 3.988-4.000
Fine Arts 3.888-3.943 3.944-3.988 3.989-4.000
Health 3.855-3.943 3.944-3.988 3.989-4.000
Humanities 3.861-3.934 3.935-3.984 3.985-4.000
Medicine 3.826-3.889 3.890-3.963 3.964-4.000
Mines 3.838-3.868 3.869-3.975 3.976-4.000
Nursing 3.954-3.975 3.976-3.999 4.000-4.000
Science 3.901-3.963 3.964-3.991 3.992-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science 3.844-3.940 3.941-3.987 3.988-4.000
Social Work 3.906-3.944 3.945-3.989 3.990-4.000

Summer 2016 candidates are allowed to participate in the May 2016 ceremonies prior to their final semester or the May 2017 with their graduating class. However, these candidates will be considered with the 2016-2017 Final Honors GPA Ranges which will be available by the end of the Summer 2016 semester.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture 3.780-3.878 3.879-3.946 3.947-4.000
Business 3.793-3.894 3.895-3.955  3.956-4.000
Education 3.928-3.968  3.969-3.997  3.998-4.000
Engineering 3.869-3.939  3.940-3.986  3.987-4.000
Fine Arts 3.882-3.938  3.939-3.990  3.991-4.000
Health 3.852-3.937 3.938-3.988  3.989-4.000
Humanities 3.849-3.929  3.930-3.985  3.986-4.000
Medicine 3.844-3.885  3.886-3.961  3.962-4.000
Mines 3.850-3.872  3.873-3.941  3.942-4.000
Nursing 3.946-3.974  3.975-3.999 4.000-4.000
Science 3.910-3.964  3.965-3.991  3.992-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science 3.841-3.936  3.937-3.986  3.987-4.000
Social Work 3.899-3.927  3.928-3.982  3.983-4.000

Please note: Summer 2015 candidates are allowed to participate in the May 2015 ceremonies prior to their final semester or the May 2016 ceremony with their graduating class.  However, these candidates will be considered with the 2015-2016 Final Honors GPA ranges which will be available by the end of summer 2015 semester.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture  3.777-3.875  3.876-3.951  3.952-4.000
Business  3.785-3.888  3.889-3.950  3.951-4.000
Education  3.925-3.971  3.972-3.997  3.998-4.000
Engineering  3.869-3.938  3.939-3.987  3.988-4.000
Fine Arts  3.885-3.939  3.940-3.991  3.992-4.000
Health  3.836-3.937  3.938-3.986  3.987-4.000
Humanities  3.841-3.925  3.926-3.980  3.981-4.000
Medicine  3.749-3.870  3.871-3.949  3.950-4.000
Mines  3.848-3.872  3.873-3.935  3.936-4.000
Nursing  3.926-3.973  3.974-3.999  4.000-4.000
Science  3.913-3.966  3.967-3.992  3.993-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science  3.831-3.927  3.928-3.982  3.983-4.000
Social Work  3.879-3.914  3.915-3.963  3.964-4.000

Please note: Summer 2014 candidates are allowed to participate in the May 2014 ceremonies prior to their final semester or the May 2015 ceremony with their graduating class.  However, these candidates will be considered with the 2014-2015 Final Honors GPA ranges which will be available by the end of summer 2014 semester.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture  3.790-3.870  3.871-3.950  3.951-4.000
Business  3.765-3.875  3.876-3.948  3.949-4.000
Education  3.917-3.964  3.965-3.994  3.995-4.000
Engineering  3.863-3.936  3.937-3.988  3.989-4.000
Fine Arts  3.880-3.939  3.940-3.990  3.991-4.000
Health  3.827-3.928  3.929-3.983  3.984-4.000
Humanities  3.836-3.922  3.923-3.981  3.982-4.000
Medicine  3.749-3.854  3.855-3.934  3.935-4.000
Mines  3.859-3.900  3.901-3.934  3.935-4.000
Nursing  3.910-3.965  3.966-3.996  3.997-4.000
Science  3.907-3.969  3.970-3.992  3.993-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science  3.831-3.924  3.925-3.983  3.984-4.000
Social Work  3.838-3.884  3.885-3.963  3.964-4.000

Please note: Summer 2013 candidates are allowed to participate in the May 2013 ceremonies prior to their final semester or the May 2014 ceremony with their graduating class.  However, these candidates will be considered with the 2013-2014 Final Honors GPA ranges which will be available by the end of summer 2013 semester.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture  3.755-3.857  3.858-3.935  3.936-4.000
Business  3.756-3.860  3.861-3.944  3.945-4.000
Education  3.922-3.968  3.969-3.991  3.992-4.000
Engineering  3.860-3.931  3.932-3.985  3.986-4.000
Fine Arts  3.873-3.930  3.931-3.990  3.991-4.000
Health  3.815-3.922  3.923-3.984  3.985-4.000
Humanities  3.833-3.919  3.920-3.981  3.982-4.000
Medicine  3.749-3.831  3.832-3.927  3.928-4.000
Mines  3.849-3.902  3.903-3.942  3.943-4.000
Nursing  3.894-3.958  3.959-3.996  3.997-4.000
Science  3.903-3.968  3.969-3.996  3.997-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science  3.827-3.924  3.925-3.983  3.984-4.000
Social Work  3.828-3.843  3.844-3.961  3.962-4.000

Please note: Summer candidates who walk prior to their final semester are not eligible for honors until his/her degree is awarded.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture  3.755-3.840  3.841-3.934  3.935-4.000
Business  3.753-3.857  3.858-3.940  3.941-4.000
Education  3.917-3.970  3.971-3.989  3.990-4.000
Engineering  3.858-3.935  3.936-3.987  3.988-4.000
Fine Arts  3.873-3.933  3.934-3.990  3.991-4.000
Health  3.800-3.905  3.906-3.982  3.983-4.000
Humanities  3.827-3.920  3.921-3.980  3.981-4.000
Medicine  3.749-3.861  3.862-3.916  3.917-4.000
Mines  3.853-3.899  3.900-3.947  3.948-4.000
Nursing  3.901-3.964  3.965-3.994  3.995-4.000
Science  3.901-3.967  3.968-3.998  3.999-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science  3.821-3.913  3.914-3.983  3.984-4.000
Social Work  3.763-3.840  3.841-3.919  3.920-4.000

Please note: Summer candidates who walk prior to their final semester are not eligible for honors until his/her degree is awarded.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture  3.747-3.826  3.827-3.933  3.934-4.000
Business  3.743-3.858  3.859-3.948  3.949-4.000
Education  3.929-3.970  3.971-3.984  3.985-4.000
Engineering  3.846-3.937  3.938-3.991  3.992-4.000
Fine Arts  3.868-3.935  3.936-3.986  3.987-4.000
Health  3.783-3.892  3.893-3.971  3.972-4.000
Humanities  3.825-3.919  3.920-3.979  3.980-4.000
Medicine  3.749-3.857  3.858-3.907  3.908-4.000
Mines  3.873-3.925  3.926-3.978  3.979-4.000
Nursing  3.895-3.956  3.957-3.989  3.990-4.000
Science  3.886-3.957  3.958-3.998  3.999-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science  3.817-3.911  3.912-3.980  3.981-4.000
Social Work  3.772-3.847  3.848-3.920  3.921-4.000

Please note: Summer candidates who walk prior to their final semester are not eligible for honors until his/her degree is awarded.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture  3.717-3.819  3.820-3.907  3.908-4.000
Business  3.739-3.846  3.847-3.953  3.954-4.000
Education  3.922-3.964  3.965-3.984  3.985-4.000
Engineering  3.841-3.937  3.938-3.991  3.992-4.000
Fine Arts  3.864-3.937  3.938-3.983  3.984-4.000
Health  3.789-3.879  3.880-3.965  3.966-4.000
Humanities  3.819-3.922  3.923-3.981  3.982-4.000
Medicine  3.722-3.850  3.851-3.891  3.892-4.000
Mines  3.795-3.885  3.886-3.932  3.933-4.000
Nursing  3.889-3.938  3.939-3.983  3.984-4.000
Science  3.876-3.951  3.952-3.998  3.999-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science  3.805-3.909  3.910-3.980  3.981-4.000
Social Work  3.759-3.854 3.855-3.930  3.931-4.000

Please note: Summer candidates who walk prior to their final semester are not eligible for honors until his/her degree is awarded.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture  3.674-3.792  3.793-3.884  3.885-4.000
Business  3.747-3.855  3.856-3.953  3.954-4.000
Education  3.917-3.966  3.967-3.985  3.986-4.000
Engineering  3.841-3.937  3.938-3.987  3.988-4.000
Fine Arts  3.859-3.932  3.933-3.983  3.984-4.000
Health  3.785-3.876  3.877-3.964  3.965-4.000
Humanities  3.819-3.921  3.922-3.978  3.979-4.000
Medicine  3.716-3.853  3.854-3.884  3.885-4.000
Mines  3.799-3.881  3.882-3.935  3.936-4.000
Nursing  3.889-3.935  3.936-3.976  3.977-4.000
Science  3.881-3.953  3.954-3.999  4.000-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science  3.793-3.902  3.903-3.978  3.979-4.000
Social Work  3.772-3.867  3.868-3.898  3.899-4.000

Please note: Summer candidates who walk prior to their final semester are not eligible for honors until his/her degree is awarded.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture  3.676-3.772  3.773-3.880  3.881-4.000
Business  3.739-3.857  3.858-3.948  3.949-4.000
Education  3.907-3.963  3.964-3.986  3.987-4.000
Engineering  3.838-3.936  3.937-3.990  3.991-4.000
Fine Arts  3.858-3.935  3.936-3.981  3.982-4.000
Health  3.791-3.874  3.875-3.964  3.965-4.000
Humanities  3.816-3.923  3.924-3.979  3.980-4.000
Medicine  3.613-3.799  3.800-3.844  3.845-4.000
Mines  3.777-3.883  3.884-3.923  3.924-4.000
Nursing  3.886-3.930  3.931-3.971  3.972-4.000
Science  3.886-3.956  3.957-3.999  4.000-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science  3.779-3.891  3.892-3.975  3.976-4.000
Social Work  3.758-3.855  3.856-3.877  3.878-4.000

Please note: Summer candidates who walk prior to their final semester are not eligible for honors until his/her degree is awarded.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture  3.631-3.701  3.702-3.827  3.828-4.000
Business  3.731-3.852  3.853-3.946  3.947-4.000
Education  3.892-3.946  3.947-3.974  3.975-4.000
Engineering  3.833-3.931  3.932-3.981  3.982-4.000
Fine Arts  3.852-3.931  3.932-3.980  3.981-4.000
Health  3.792-3.877  3.878-3.960  3.961-4.000
Humanities  3.821-3.924  3.925-3.979  3.980-4.000
Medicine  3.579-3.791  3.792-3.844  3.845-4.000
Mines  3.711-3.855  3.856-3.907  3.908-4.000
Nursing  3.859-3.907  3.908-3.961  3.962-4.000
Pharmacy  3.676-3.796  3.797-3.924  3.925-4.000
Science  3.897-3.961  3.962-3.999  4.000-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science  3.783-3.896  3.897-3.971  3.972-4.000
Social Work  3.788-3.886  3.887-3.907  3.908-4.000

Please note: Summer candidates who walk prior to their final semester are not eligible for honors until his/her degree is awarded.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture 3.660-3.720 3.721-3.845 3.846-4.000
Business 3.722-3.850 3.851-3.947 3.948-4.000
Education 3.894-3.944 3.945-3.976 3.977-4.000
Engineering 3.831-3.922 3.923-3.977 3.978-4.000
Fine Arts 3.858-3.927 3.928-3.977 3.978-4.000
Health 3.796-3.891 3.892-3.962 3.963-4.000
Humanities 3.835-3.929 3.930-3.981 3.982-4.000
Medicine 3.547-3.788 3.789-3.848 3.849-4.000
Mines 3.618-3.774 3.775-3.883 3.884-4.000
Nursing 3.845-3.898 3.899-3.961 3.962-4.000
Pharmacy 3.662-3.805 3.806-3.908 3.909-4.000
Science 3.894-3.964 3.965-3.994 3.995-4.000
Soc & Beh. Science 3.780-3.894 3.895-3.969 3.970-4.000
Social Work 3.730-3.860 3.861-3.881 3.882-4.000

Please note: Summer candidates who walk prior to their final semester are not eligible for honors until his/her degree is awarded.

College  Cum  Magna  Summa
Architecture 3.639–3.712 3.713–3.835 3.836–4.000
Business 3.716–3.857 3.858–3.943 3.944–4.000
Education 3.877–3.941 3.942–3.969 3.970–4.000
Engineering 3.820–3.914 3.915–3.973 3.974–4.000
Fine Arts 3.858–3.920 3.921–3.976 3.977–4.000
Health 3.789–3.887 3.888–3.968 3.969–4.000
Humanities 3.842–3.926 3.927–3.982 3.983–4.000
Medicine 3.569–3.774 3.775–3.838 3.839–4.000
Mines 3.614–3.756 3.757–3.882 3.883–4.000
Nursing 3.857–3.907 3.908–3.968 3.969–4.000
Pharmacy 3.673–3.844 3.845–3.897 3.898–4.000
Science 3.894–3.959 3.960–3.991 3.992–4.000
Soc & Beh. Science 3.779–3.888 3.889–3.966 3.967–4.000
Social Work 3.725–3.834 3.835–3.837 3.838–4.000

Please note: Summer candidates who walk prior to their final semester are not eligible for honors until his/her degree is awarded.

Last Updated: 7/29/16