Faculty Honors

Faculty honor is awarded upon graduation to undergraduates earning their first bachelor’s degree (Post-Baccalaureate students are not eligible) and ranked in the top 10% of their respective program. Undergraduates must earn a minimum of 70 numerically graded credits at UW Bothell with the exception of BSN students, who must earn a minimum of 43 graded credits. Undergraduates qualified for baccalaureate honors are not eligible to receive faculty honors.

GPA Requirements (Autumn 2023-Summer 2024)

ProgramFaculty Honors
Business Administration3.78
Educational Studies3.97
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences3.91
Interactive Media Design3.86
Nursing and Health Studies3.98
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(includes Computer Science and Software Engineering)

All graduates earning faculty honors are given a purple honor cord to wear in the commencement ceremony and the honor is listed in the commencement bulletin. Honor cord distribution is based upon a student’s cumulative GPA as of the winter quarter, since spring and summer quarter grades are not available for this determination (see box at right). However, spring and summer courses are ultimately included in the credit totals and GPA calculations for honors and posted to the student’s final record.

Honor Cord for Commencement

For spring/summer graduates:

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

  • Complete 70 numerically graded credits by the end of winter quarter (24 graded credits for Bachelor of Science in Nursing students)
  • Meet the cumulative GPA requirement by the end of winter quarter (see chart)