The quarterly high scholarship list includes the names of matriculated students who have attained a quarterly grade point average of 3.50 for at least 12 graded credits. Notation of high scholarship is made on the student's permanent academic record.
Baccalaureate honors (cum laude, summa cum laude, and magna cum laude) are awarded only to the recipients of a first baccalaureate degree. Students must complete no fewer than 90 residence credits at UW to be awarded baccalaureate honors. 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. For further information on honors thresholds, check with your advisor. Students with baccalaureate honors wear gold cords at Commencement.
Faculty honors are awarded to those students who have met the GPA criteria for baccalaureate honors (cum laude or higher), but who have fewer than 90 credits in residence at UW. Students with faculty honors wear purple cords at Commencement.
Phi Alpha (ΦΑ) Honor Society
Phi Alpha is a national honor society for social work students. The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice at the University of Washington Tacoma established a chapter of Phi Alpha on December 1, 2006. The faculty advisor is Dr. Anindita Bhattacharya.