Dean’s List and Graduation with Honors for Undergraduate Students

Wheelock College of Education & Human Development Policy

Dean’s List

Eligibility for the Dean’s List for undergraduate students is determined by computing the grade point average for all academic work completed in the semester for which the Dean’s List notation is to be entered. Students must:

  • have been registered as full-time, 12 or more credits;
  • have obtained a 3.5 grade point average for the semester;
  • have completed a minimum of 12 credits at Boston University; and
  • have no incomplete courses for that semester.

Transfer credits are not included in the credit count for calculation for Dean’s List eligibility.

Graduation with Honors

For students graduating with a Bachelor of Science, the top five percent will be awarded summa cum laude, the next 10 percent will be awarded degrees magna cum laude, and the next 15 percent will be awarded degrees cum laude.

“Break points,” which are the cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) corresponding to each of these categories, are determined for each graduating class at the end of the seventh (penultimate) semester.

Students who advance their GPAs beyond a break point during their final semester will be awarded degrees with the corresponding higher Latin honor. Students whose academic performance during the final semester causes their GPA to fall below a break point will retain the Latin honors as originally determined after seven semesters. In no case will students be awarded Latin honors for GPAs below 3.0.

Graduate students are not eligible for Dean’s List nor Latin Honors.