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Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards for Superior Academic Achievement

Historical Distinction Levels

The College acknowledges the superior academic achievement of its students in a variety of ways. These include the awarding of departmental academic awards, university honors, honors at graduation, election to national honor societies, the LSA Current Student Scholarships, and special awards. Transfer credit does not count for honors.

Degrees with distinction are awarded on the basis of rank in class. Students who have completed at least 58 credits in residence, at least 45 of which are "graded" (A+ to D-), and rank in the top three percent of their class are recommended for a degree "with Highest Distinction." Those students who rank in the top 10 percent of their class but not in the top three percent are recommended for a degree "with High Distinction." Those students who rank in the top 25 percent of their class but not in the top 10 percent are recommended for a degree "with Distinction." A notation is made on the diploma and the transcript. The GPA ranges for the distinction notations are determined each May, based on the cumulative GPAs of LSA graduates of the May degree period. Those same numbers are used for the August and December degree periods of that calendar year.

Department Awards

Department Awards recognize superior academic performance in the major.

University Honors

  • Honors Convocation
  • James B. Angell Scholars
  • University Honors Designation
  • William J. Branstrom Award

Honors at Graduation

  • Distinction
  • Highest Honors/High Honors/Honors

Students who have completed at least 58 credits in residence and have demonstrated high academic achievement and capacity for independent work in a departmental Honors concentration program may be recommended for a degree "with Highest Honors," "with High Honors," or "with Honors" in the major. Capacity for independent work must be demonstrated in part by superior performance in an Honors program or some achievement of equivalent character. A minimum overall grade point average of 3.4 is required. A notation is made on the diploma and the transcript.

National Honor Societies

Honor Societies are organizations that exist in order to encourage and recognize excellence in student scholarship and leadership. A notation is posted on a student's transcript by the Registrar's Office for induction to Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Tau Beta Pi. Induction into other honor societies on the U-M Ann Arbor campus is not noted on a student's transcript.

Student Honor Societies

The University of Michigan's Maize Pages include listings of Student Honor Societies.

LSA Continuing Student Scholarships

LSA's Scholarship Office provides information about eligibility and requirements for LSA Continuing Student Scholarships.

Scholarships Requiring U-M Endorsement

These national scholarship programs accept applications only from students who have been endorsed by the University of Michigan.  There is an internal competition for most of these awards and the UM deadlines are set considerably earlier than the national deadlines to accommodate this process.  There is information about these and other scholarship opportunities, including awards specifically for LSA Honors students .  Also see the Provost’s Council for Student Honors webpage.