WVU recognizes distinguished academic achievement by awarding degrees cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. This distinction can be awarded on initial or second baccalaureates and specified entry-level professional degrees. All candidates for a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average GPA in the ranges below will graduate with the corresponding honors:. The grade point average for honors consideration for a baccalaureate is based on baccalaureate-level college work attempted through the final semester. This calculation includes baccalaureate-level college work attempted at institutions accredited by regional accreditors in the United States.
Summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude are the highest Latin Honors that the University bestows for sustained excellence in scholarship. Summa cum laude is awarded to students with a GPA equal to or greater than the highest two percent of GPAs from the specific College or School averaged over the previous academic year, magna cum laude to the next highest three percent, and cum laude to the following five percent. Latin Honors are officially annotated on the transcripts and diplomas of students who have graduated. The minimum GPAs are firm cutoffs for earning Latin Honors during the academic year and are published towards the end of September of the given academic year see below for the most current GPA cut-offs. To determine the Latin Honors cutoff for each Honor level i.
The Latin Honors program recognizes academic excellence achieved over the duration of an entire undergraduate career. Unlike the Dean's List honor, which recognizes academic excellence achieved over the short term one semester , eligibility for the three categories of Latin Honors summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude is based on the cumulative grade point average for all work at Duke. Recipients are determined by the following procedure: The grade point average included within the highest five percent of the previous year's graduating class is used to specify the grade point average needed by those students of the current graduating class to be awarded the summa cum laude honor.
Latin honors are conferred at many colleges and universities in the United States and other parts of the world. Some U. Magna cum laude comes next in prestige, followed by cum laude.