Graduation with Latin Honors

College of Arts & Sciences Policy

For the degree of Bachelor of Arts cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude, the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences recommends candidates whose scholastic performance reflects high achievement in all their college courses. To qualify for summa cum laude, a student’s grade point average (GPA) must fall in the top five percent of the graduating class. The next ten percent receive the designation magna cum laude, followed by the next fifteen percent, who graduate cum laude.

Transfer credits are not considered in final decisions on the award of Latin honors. Only the College of Arts & Sciences average (all courses taken at Boston University except ROTC, PDP, and CAS FY/SY) may satisfy the GPA requirement for the awarding of honors. Transfer students must have completed one full year of residence (eight semester courses) during their junior and senior years at the College of Arts & Sciences by the end of the first semester of the senior year, and a minimum of 12 courses at the College of Arts & Sciences by the end of the senior year.