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Outstanding Scholarship Recognition

The university recognizes the importance of high scholarship and seeks to stimulate and encourage students in high achievement.

Semester Recognition

The Dean’s List is published by the Office of Student Affairs, which names students who have achieved a high scholastic standing for a given semester. Students’ academic standings are provided by the Office of the Registrar. The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs recognizes this achievement by sending a congratulatory letter and posting the list online:’s_List.aspx.

To qualify for this recognition, a student must have earned a grade point average of 3.50 or higher while completing 12 or more letter-graded hours of CMU credit during a given semester. Those students achieving a 4.00 semester grade point average are named to the President’s List and will also receive a congratulatory letter.

Graduation with Honors

In order to be graduated with honors, a student must have, at the beginning of his or her last required semester, a total cumulative point average at Central Michigan University as indicated below and must at that time have completed 45 hours of residence credit as defined in the CMU Bulletin, of which 33 hours must be letter-graded credit. (Academic Senate 1-15-19)

Point Average

  • 3.90 - 4.00 Summa Cum Laude
  • 3.75 - 3.89 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.50 - 3.74 Cum Laude

Adjustment in Graduation with Honors

If, at the end of the final semester prior to graduation, a student has attained 45 hours of residence credit, of which 33 credits are letter-graded credit, and has attained a GPA that now qualifies him or her for honors or a higher honors classification, the appropriate honors classification will automatically be recognized on the transcript and diploma. Questions may be addressed to the Registrar’s Office. (Academic Senate 1-15-19)

Honors for GPA Recomputations

Students who have had a recomputation of grade point average must meet the following criteria to be eligible for graduation with honors:

At the beginning of his or her final semester, the student must have completed 45 hours of residence credit, of which 33 hours are letter-graded credit, and a cumulative point average as indicated above. Only hours completed after the recomputation are eligible for this requirement.

Approved by Academic Senate, 1/15/19