Academic Honors

Academic Honors

National Honor Societies:

  • Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and best known society for recognition of academic excellence and scholarly achievement
  • Phi Kappa Phi, national honor society established in 1897 to recognize and promote academic excellence in all disciplines of higher education
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma, the oldest and largest freshman honor society

A list of College Honor Societies can be viewed online.

Semester Dean’s List: A full-time undergraduate student who earns a semester average of 3.5 or better on 12 to 14 hours of course work for which grade points are earned, or a semester average of 3.250 or better on 15 or more hours of course work for which grade points are earned will be placed on the Dean’s List for that semester. Students are not eligible for the Dean’s List in any semester in which they receive an F or IN grade. When IN grades are resolved, however, students who are otherwise eligible shall be added retroactively to the Dean’s List for that semester.  This option does not apply if a course with an "F" grade is withdrawn or forgiven.  Dean’s List recognition shall be noted on the student’s semester grade report and permanent academic record.

Graduation with Honors: Undergraduate degree honor designations are:

  • Cum Laude- for GPA 3.25 through 3.499
  • Magna Cum Laude- for GPA 3.5 through 3.749
  • Summa Cum Laude- for GPA 3.75 and above

To be eligible for degree honor designations students must have completed at least two semesters and at least 30 credit hours at NC State.

Valedictorian and Highest Ranking Scholar in a College: To be eligible to graduate as valedictorian, an undergraduate student must have completed at least 100 academic credits at NC State and must have entered their final semester with a 4.0 cumulative Grade Point Average. To be eligible for consideration as a highest ranking scholar in a college, an undergraduate student must also have received at least 100 academic credits at NC State (including credit by examination, advanced placement credit, and S/U courses). These 100 credits may include no more than 20 transfer credits through programs officially sponsored by NC State. Specifically, these programs are Cooperating Raleigh Colleges, National Student Exchange, International Student Exchange, NC State-sponsored study abroad programs, and the affiliated hospital programs in Medical Technology. All students whose accumulated grade point averages, based on all courses attempted at NC State, make them eligible for one of these honors, shall be so recognized. That is, in the case of ties, more than one student will receive the honor. However in the case of ties for valedictorian, no salutatorian will be recognized.

REG 02.30.01 - Academic Honors is available to view in full on the University's Policies, Regulations and Rules website.