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Dean’s List

Quarterly Dean’s List

The quarterly high scholarship list includes the names of matriculated undergraduate students who have attained a quarterly grade point average of 3.50 in the final grades for at least 12 graded credits. Appropriate high scholarship entries are made on the student’s permanent academic record. 

Dean's Letters are distributed electronically. Recipients receive notification and download instructions via email sent to their UW-provided email address. The letter will be available for download for approximately 90 days from the email notification.

Annual Dean’s List

The yearly award for high scholarship is recorded on the academic transcript of undergraduate students enrolled for three quarters of the academic year (summer through spring) and who earned a quarterly GPA of 3.50 in 12 or more numerically graded credits each quarter. It is also recorded for students enrolled for four quarters who met the standard just mentioned and also earned a quarterly GPA of 3.5 or better in the fourth quarter if enrolled for 10 or more credits.

Annual Dean’s List Certificate

Annual Dean’s List certificates are awarded to students in the senior class who have high scholastic records for their junior year. The honors committee on the University of Washington Seattle campus determines the grade point average required for the awarding of certificates. Students receive a certificate and a letter of congratulations from the UW Tacoma chancellor.

Honors

Baccalaureate Honors

Baccalaureate honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude) are awarded only to recipients of a first baccalaureate degree.  These honors are earned by those students who have completed no fewer than 90 residence credits at this institution.  At least 60 of the 90 credits must have been acquired on a graded basis.

The university’s honors committee determines annually the grade-point requirement for each baccalaureate honor. In recent years, approximately 10 percent of the students have been awarded baccalaureate honors. Credits earned by extension courses are not counted toward honors eligibility.

Faculty Honors

At the University of Washington Tacoma, faculty honors are awarded to those students receiving their first baccalaureate degree whose GPA is in the upper 10 percent of their program and who have earned between 43 and 89 graded credits at the UW. The grade-point requirement is at the same level as baccalaureate honors.

Chancellor’s Medal

Each year a student receiving an undergraduate degree is recognized by the Chancellor at the commencement ceremony for his or her extraordinary achievement as a student at UW Tacoma. Nominees must have above a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or above and are earning a degree in autumn, winter, spring or summer of the respective academic year. The award recognizes an individual who has been a consistent source of inspiration for faculty and fellow students alike, and has overcome significant obstacles in order to complete a degree. The Chancellor’s Medal, which is conferred at Commencement, recognizes a graduating senior with a distinguished academic record. 

President's Medal

Each year the UW Tacoma President's Medalist is selected from graduating seniors with the most distinguished academic record and recognized at the commencement ceremony. Candidates must be in the top 2% of the graduating class in their academic program and have either graduated (in autumn or winter quarter) or submitted a graduation application to graduate (in spring or summer quarter) during the respective academic year.