Dean's List & Honors

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Quarterly Dean’s List

The Quarterly Dean's List includes the names of matriculated undergraduate students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree and have attained a quarterly GPA of 3.50 in the final grades for at least 12 graded credits. Appropriate entries regarding inclusion on the Dean's List are made on the student's permanent academic record.

Dean's Letter

A student is notified of his or her quarterly Dean's List standing with a Dean's Letter. As of Spring quarter 2009, Dean's Letters are distributed electronically. Recipients receive notification and download instructions via e-mail sent to their UW-provided e-mail address. (To comply with FERPA regulations, Dean's Letter notifications are not sent to non-UW e-mail addresses.)

Dean's Letters are generated once per quarter, a few weeks after grades are due for that quarter. Dean's Letters are only generated for students who meet the Dean's List criteria at that time. Dean's Letters are not issued or updated based on late changes to the academic record. Students will be sent, via email, a link to their online Dean's Letter which may be downloaded.

A student's Dean's List status is always current on the permanent academic record. The Quarterly Dean's List on the Student Guide is updated quarterly and lists those students included on the previous quarter's Dean's List.

Annual Dean’s List

The Annual Dean's List high-scholarship award is recorded on the academic transcript of matriculated undergraduate students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree and have achieved a quarterly GPA of 3.50 in 12 or more numerically graded credits each quarter for three quarters of the academic year (summer through spring).

Students enrolled for four quarters of the academic year (summer through spring) must satisfy the conditions outlined above and attain a quarterly GPA of 3.50 or better in the fourth quarter, if enrolled for 10 or more credits.

Students on an annual dean's list receive a certificate and a letter of congratulations from the UW Tacoma chancellor.

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 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 baccalaureate honor at each campus. In recent years, approximately ten percent of students have been awarded baccalaureate honors. Distance Learning courses (those that include a DL prefix) are included in the UW cumulative GPA and therefore count toward baccalaureate honors. For students completing coursework for spring and summer, baccalaureate honors are projected based on grade point average at the end of winter quarter.

The GPAs for baccalaureate honors are set each year for the following year (autumn through summer) by a committee of faculty, based on statistics for the current year.

Minimum GPA required for baccalaureate honors for Autumn 2018 - Summer 2019

Program  

Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Summa Cum Laude
Business Administration 3.69 3.81 3.92
Engineering & Technology 3.81 3.90 3.99
Healthcare Leadership 3.80 3.92 3.99
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences / Environmental Science 3.80 3.92 3.99
Nursing 3.94 3.97 3.99
Social Welfare / Criminal Justice 3.85 3.91 3.97
Urban Studies / Sustainable Urban Development 3.80 3.92 3.99

Faculty Honors

Faculty honors are awarded at graduation to undergraduate students earning 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.

Minimum GPA required for faculty honors for Autumn 2018 - Summer 2019

Program

Minimum GPA
Business Administration 3.69
Engineering & Technology 3.81
Healthcare Leadership 3.80
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences / Environmental Science 3.80
Nursing 3.94
Social Welfare / Criminal Justice 3.85
Urban Studies / Sustainable Urban Development 3.80

Summer 2019 graduates are recognized at the Commencement ceremony for baccalaureate or faculty honors in the program. 

President's Medal

The President's Medal, which is conferred at Commencement, recognizes the graduating senior who has the most distinguished academic record. Candidates must be within the top 2% of the graduating class in their academic program and must 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.

Information about Eligibility and the Selection Process

Chancellor's Medal

The Chancellor's Medal, which is conferred at Commencement, recognizes the graduating senior for his or her extraordinary achievement as a student at UW Tacoma. Nominees must have earned 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.

Information about Eligibility and the Selection Process