Baccalaureate Honors

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Baccalaureate honors are awarded at graduation to undergraduates earning their first bachelor’s degree with at least 90 UW credits, including 60 numerically graded credits. Distance Learning courses count towards baccalaureate honors. Dean’s List recognition does not guarantee baccalaureate honors.

GPA Requirements (Autumn 2023-Summer 2024)

ProgramCum Laude*Magna Cum Laude*Summa Cum Laude*
Business Administration3.783.883.96
Educational Studies3.973.984.00
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences3.913.974.00
Interactive Media Design3.863.943.99
Nursing and Health Studies**3.983.994.00
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (includes Computer Science and Software Engineering and Earth System Science)3.863.943.99

*Students must also earn 90 matriculated credits in residence at the UW and at least 60 credits must be graded. Summa Cum Laude is the top 0.5%, Magna Cum Laude is the next 3%, and Cum Laude is the next 6.5%.

**RN to BSN students do not earn enough UW credits to qualify for Baccalaureate Honors

The GPAs for baccalaureate honors are set each year for the following year (autumn through summer) by a subcommittee of the Faculty Council on Academic Standards, based on statistics for the current year provided by the Office of the University Registrar. The GPA cutoffs may be different for each of the degree programs.

Honor Cord for Commencement

For spring/summer graduates

To be eligible to wear a Baccalaureate Honor Cord during the commencement ceremony, an undergraduate student must:

  • Complete 75 UW credits by the end of winter quarter, of which at least 60 are numerically graded
  • Meet the cumulative GPA requirement by the end of winter quarter (see chart above)
  • You may qualify to wear Faculty Honors cords if you do not meet the above Baccalaureate Honors requirements by the end of the winter quarter. Please see the Faculty Honors web page for details.