Academic Honors and Awards

Every year, Emmanuel students channel their exceptional talents and passions into academic excellence and transformative research. The College supports these achievements and recognizes students whose performance merits special attention. From earning a spot on the Dean’s List or membership in a national or international honor society, to graduating with honors or distinction in the field, to winning national and international honors like Fulbright Fellowships, Emmanuel students continually contribute to scholastic advancements in the Emmanuel community and beyond.

In January and June the Academic Dean publishes the names of students who attained academic distinction the preceding term. Students with a grade point average of 3.5 with four graded courses (no pass/fail) and no incomplete grades at the close of the term achieve placement on the Dean's List. The records of students in designated IP (in progress) courses will be individually evaluated for honors. In order to be eligible for term honors, students must have been officially accepted into their degree program.

The national/international student honor societies present on campus are:

  • Alpha Kappa Delta - International Sociology Honor Society
  • Beta Beta Beta - National Biology Honor Society
  • Gamma Sigma Epsilon - National Chemistry Honor Society
  • Kappa Pi - Art Honor Society
  • Omicrom Delta Kappa - National Leadership Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Theta - National History Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Delta - Honor Society for International Scholars
  • Pi Lambda Theta - International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education
  • Pi Mu Epsilon - The National Mathematics Honor Society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha - The National Political Science Honor Society
  • Psi Chi - The International Honor Society in Psychology
  • Sigma Beta Delta - International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration
  • Sigma Iota Rho - The Honor Society for International Studies
  • Sigma Tau Delta - International English Honor Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau International - Honor Society of Nursing
  • Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
  • Theta Alpha Kappa - National Honor Society for Theology and Religious Studies

Latin Honors—summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude—are awarded at graduation to bachelor's degree candidates who have achieved high scholastic performance and have completed at least 64 credits at Emmanuel College. Latin Honors are awarded based on a percentage of the graduating class of Arts & Science students as listed below.

Latin Honors% of Graduates
Summa cum laude 4.5
Magna cum laude The next 9.5
Cum laude The next 15.0

Arts and Sciences students graduating from Emmanuel College who have maintained a 3.5 cumulative grade point average for seven semesters and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and community service are eligible for membership in Kappa Gamma Pi, the national honor society organized in 1927 for graduates of Catholic colleges in the United States.

Distinction in the Field of Concentration
Students who receive a grade point average of 3.5 in major courses and who successfully complete and present in public a significant senior project, determined in consultation with the department, may graduate with distinction in the field of concentration.

Distinction in the Field of Individualized Majors
To receive distinction, a student completing an individualized major must earn a 3.5 average in all of the courses in the major program and complete a significant senior project, determined in consultation with the advisor. The project may be completed as part of a capstone course or culminating experience. The project must be approved for distinction by two faculty members representing different academic disciplines within the individualized major. Transfer students' qualification for honors is based on the grade point average achieved at Emmanuel College.

Learn more about our most recent Distinction in the Field Candidates

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