Academic Honors

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Deans Honors List

The Dean’s Distinguished Honor List and Dean’s Honor List, calculated twice yearly, recognize students who have attained high GPAs during the previous term. (“Term” is defined as a semester for full-time students (12 earned credits or more) and the previous 12-month period (including summer) for part-time students. Part-time students must have earned 12 credits during the previous 12 month period to qualify for either Honor List.) Students are placed on the Dean’s Distinguished Honor List with a GPA of 3.9 or higher. The Dean’s Honor List consists of students with a term GPA of 3.67 to 3.89.

 

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Graduation Honors

Seniors with a 3.60 average in courses in their major and a 3.00 cumulative average are eligible to be considered for departmental honors. Those with outstanding records are graduated cum laude (3.67 cumulative average), magna cum laude (3.78) and summa cum laude (3.90). All undergraduate Arcadia University coursework is included in consideration for graduation honors. All transfer students with 60 or more Arcadia University credits are eligible for honors

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Honors and Professional Societies

Phi Kappa Phi

The primary objective of the national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi is to recognize and encourage superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society, not an honorary society or fraternity. Membership is earned by meeting criteria established by the national organization. Undergraduate students may be considered for election to Phi Kappa Phi if they have senior status, have a minimum of 24 graded semester hours at Arcadia University, and are in the upper 10 percent of their class, or if they are in their junior year and are scholastically in the upper 7.5 percent of their class.

Arcadia University also has established chapters of the following professional honor societies that elect to membership students with exceptional interest and achievement in special fields:

  • Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History)
  • Phi Beta Delta (International Studies)
  • Pi Delta Phi (French)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
  • Psi Chi (Psychology)
  • Sigma Beta Delta (Business Administration)
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English)
  • Sigma Zeta (Computer Science and Mathematics)
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Prizes and Awards

Undergraduate and Graduate students are recognized for academic excellence at Honors Convocation, an annual academic event held each spring. Special awards and prizes are awarded to students in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement.

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