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Section 8: Honors

235. Quarterly Honors

  1. College of Engineering

    1. Undergraduate students in the College of Engineering eligible for honors at the end of each term will be placed on the Dean's Honors List.
    2. Undergraduate students in full-time status will become members of the Dean’s Honors List at the end of any term during which they have earned a term grade-point average of at least 3.50 in a program of at least 12 units taken for letter grades, provided that all grades earned in the term are used in determining eligibility, and that any NP grade on the term record eliminates eligibility.

      In-progress (IP) and Incomplete (I) letter graded courses will be counted toward the minimum 12 units needed to qualify for Dean’s Honors. When an IP or I grade appears on the student’s record, all remaining letter-graded courses shall be used in the GPA calculation (and when the IP or I subsequently converts to a letter grade, the student shall be retroactively re-assessed for the Dean’s Honors List based on the revised quarter GPA).
    3. The award of membership on the Dean’s Honors List will be noted on the official transcripts of record of the recipients, and appropriate public notice of the awards will be given each term. Individual notice of the awards will be given each term. (En 21 May 81; Sen Assy 2 Dec 81; Am 8 Mar 07; Am 6 Jun 19)
  2. College of Letters and Science

    1. Students in the College of Letters and Science eligible for honors at the end of each term will be placed on the Dean's Honors List.
    2. Students in full-time status (all those not identified as part-time eligible) will become members of the Dean's Honors List at the end of any term during which they have earned a term grade-point average of at least 3.75 in a program of at least 12 units taken for letter grades. All grades earned in the term are used in determining eligibility. Any NP grade on the term record eliminates eligibility.
    3. Students in part-time eligible status (those who have permanent approval for deficit study-lists) will become members of the Dean's Honors List at the end of any term at the close of which they have earned a grade-point average of at least 3.75 in 12 or more units taken for letter grades (during the period of one or several terms subsequent to the point at which they were approved for part-time eligible status or were last eligible for considerations for honors part-time eligible status). Any NP grade earned during that period eliminates eligibility.
    4. In-progress (IP) and Incomplete (I) letter graded courses will be counted toward the minimum 12 units needed to qualify for Dean's Honors. When an IP or I grade appears on the student's record, all remaining letter-graded courses shall be used in the GPA calculation (and when the IP or I subsequently converts to a letter grade, the student shall be retroactively re-assessed for the Dean's Honors List based on the revised quarter GPA).

      The initial period of accumulation of the minimum 12 graded units required for eligibility begins with the term for which part-time eligible status is first approved. Each period during which the minimum 12 graded units are being accumulated starts with the beginning of a particular term and ends at the close of the term during which the 12 graded-unit level is reached or exceeded. All grades earned during the period are used in determining eligibility, including any above the 12-unit level. A new period begins with the following term. Each period is objectively defined by the rate of accumulation of graded units, and it is not possible for the individual student to select particular terms on which to base eligibility. Summer session units and grades are not included in the determination of periods of eligibility and grade-point averages.
    5. The award of membership on the Dean's Honors List will be noted on the official transcripts of record of the recipients, and appropriate individual and public notices of the awards will be given each term. (En 22 May 80; Sen Assy 11 Mar 81; Am 6 Jun 19)

240. Honors at Graduation

  1. General Regulations

    1. Honors at Graduation shall be awarded in three categories: Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors.
    2. Requirements for Honors at Graduation for each college shall be established by the Undergraduate Council.
    3. Changes in the minimum requirements for Honors at Graduation may be applied to individual students at any time before the student's completion of 120 units toward graduation.
    4. The Council may award honors to students who do not meet the requirements of this section when there are special circumstances that merit consideration. A student may petition the Council in writing through his or her major department for such exceptions. (Am 24 May 90)
  2. Specific Requirements for Honors at Graduation in the Colleges of Letters and Science, Creative Studies, and Engineering

    1. A minimum of 60 upper division units completed for letter grades at the University of California, including summer session units but excluding UC Extension, shall be required for consideration for honors at graduation. (Am 19 Apr 18, Eff 23 Sept 18)
    2. Of the students graduating in a particular year, the top 2.5% will be eligible for Highest Honors, the next 6% for High Honors, and the next 11.5% for Honors. (Am 24 May 90)