Honors for Academic Achievement

Temple University recognizes academic achievement in several ways.

Dean's Lists

Dean's Lists record the names of those full-time students in each school or college who completed a semester's work with 12 graded credits and meet the GPA criteria as outlined in the Dean's List policy. In addition, part-time students who have accumulated at least 12 graded credits across an academic year (fall and spring semesters) are eligible to be considered for Dean's List recognition in the spring.

For further information, see the Dean's List policy in the Academic Policies section of the Bulletin, check under your school or college listing in the Bulletin, or contact your school or college Advising Center.

Graduation (Latin) Honors

Latin Honors are awarded based on estimation procedures that are intended to yield 2% Summa, 5% Magna, and 9% Cum Laude awards for baccalaureate recipients from each Temple school and college. Graduates who have completed at least 60 credits at Temple are eligible for the appropriate honor if their cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is equal to or greater than the cut-off value established for the honor. (Students returning to the university following Academic Forgiveness may qualify for Latin Honors if they have a minimum of 60 earned hoursĀ in addition to the approved earned hours allowed at the time of Academic Forgiveness.)

Awards for August 2016, January 2017 and May 2017 graduates are based on cutoff scores computed from CGPAs earned by August 2011 through May 2016 graduates. In July of each year, the cut-off values are updated to include the most recent five-year cycle of CGPAs.

The cut-off values for calculating eligibility for Summa, Magna, and Cum Laude Honors for August 2016, January 2017, and May 2017 graduates are listed in the table below along with the schedule for updating the cut-off values.

Latin Honors Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Averages by College
(for August 2016, January 2017 and May 2017 Graduations)

Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude
CollegeGPA (lower threshold)GPA (lower threshold)GPA (lower threshold)
Boyer College of Music & Dance3.983.923.87
College of Education3.973.883.78
College of Engineering3.843.683.49
College of Liberal Arts3.943.843.68
College of Public Health3.913.793.64
College of Science & Technology3.933.803.63
Fox School of Business & Management3.873.713.53
School of Media & Communication3.903.783.64
School of Social Work3.903.823.69
School of Sport, Tourism & Hospitality Management3.823.623.46
School of Theater, Film & Media Arts3.913.813.69
Temple University Japan (BSIB program)3.923.803.65
Tyler School of Art3.903.823.71

Award and Update Schedule for Latin Honors

For Honors awarded in: Cut-offs based on CGPAs for Graduates:
August 2016, January 2017, May 2017August 2011 through May 2016 (calculated July 2016)
August 2017, January 2018, May 2018August 2012 through May 2017 (calculated July 2017)
August 2018, January 2019, May 2019August 2013 through May 2018 (calculated July 2018)
August 2019, January 2020, May 2020August 2014 through May 2019 (calculated July 2019)
August 2020, January 2021, May 2021August 2015 through May 2020 (calculated July 2020)