Dean's List & Honor's List / Degrees with Distinction
The Dean's List at Eastern Illinois University recognizes undergraduates with a declared major whose academic performance has been excellent. Students who achieve a GPA of 3.80 - 4.00 (on a 4.00 scale) while completing a minimum of 12 graded semester hours in a fall or spring semester will be named to the Dean's List.
The Honor's List at Eastern Illinois University recognizes undergraduates with an undeclared major whose academic performance has been excellent. Students who achieve a GPA of 3.80 - 4.00 (on a 4.00 scale) while completing a minimum of 12 graded semester hours in a fall or spring semester will be named to the Honor's List.
- Lists are not generated for Summer Terms.
- The calculation of GPA for honors determination will be based only on work taken at EIU.
Degrees with Distinction
To be eligible for a degree with distinction, a student must have completed at least 56 semester hours of course work at EIU, including at least 40 semester hours of graded courses (exclusive of work taken on the Credit/No Credit Option). The 56 semester hours at EIU and the 40 semester hours of graded courses may not be waived.*
- summa cum laude - cumulative grade-point average of 3.90 to 4.00
- magna cum laude - cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 through 3.89
- cum laude - cumulative grade-point average of 3.65 through 3.79
Students who qualify for degrees with distinction wear an appropriate medal as part of their academic attire at commencement and their names appear in the commencement program as being awarded Degrees with Distinction. All grades earned at EIU are counted in computing the cumulative GPA. Grades earned during the final grading period are not used for compiling the tentative list developed for commencement. Transcript notations of graduating cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude are based on the student’s total cumulative grade-point average, including the final grading period.
Post-Baccalaureate Students: Post-baccalaureate students earning a second bachelor’s degree are eligible to receive a degree with distinction based on their post-baccalaureate grade point average if they meet the criteria stated above. All undergraduate and post-baccalaureate hours taken at Eastern will be used to determine if the completed and graded hours requirements have been met. Students may not have distinction applied retroactively to any previous degrees earned at Eastern.
Note: The calculation of GPA for degrees with distinction will be based only on work taken at EIU.
*Transfer students who will not earn 56 semester hours from EIU until their final semester may request that their instructors submit their grades at midterm so that they may be considered for a degree with distinction. All midterm grades must be submitted by the deadline established by the Office of the Registrar. No grades submitted after this deadline will be considered in computations for tentative honors.