Dean's List & Honors

Dean's List Criteria

Undergraduate students are included on the Dean's List if you complete at least 12 credits for a grade at WSU during a single semester and achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Any pass/no credit grades do not count toward the 12 credit minimum.

Credits for Incomplete or In-Progress classes are not included in the 12 credit minimum. 

Dean’s List honorees are recognized for fall and spring terms only.

The University Communications Office notifies hometown newspapers of Dean's List honorees within eight weeks of the semester's end. The Dean's List is also published online within this time frame.

If you have questions about the Dean's List, please call 507.457.2800.

Graduation with Honors

Honors are awarded to WSU graduates whose academic record shows significant academic achievement. The level of academic achievement is reflected by their grade point average (GPA).

To qualify for Graduation with Honors, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Students receiving a baccalaureate degree must complete at least 30 credits of WSU courses during their junior and senior years
  • Students receiving an AA degree must complete 16 credits of WSU courses
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.60 for all WSU coursework
  • Achieve an overall GPA - including college-level transfer credits - of 3.60

All GPAs are truncated, not rounded up or down. For example, 3.2499 is truncated to 3.24.

Students who do not meet all of these above requirements are not eligible for honors.

Honors Standards

  • Cum Laude: Overall GPA between 3.600 and 3.749
  • Magna Cum Laude: Overall GPA between 3.750 and 3.899
  • Summa Cum Laude: Overall GPA between 3.900 and 4.000

Provisional Honors at Commencement

Honors recognition for the Commencement ceremony are only provisional honors. Your honor status may change after final honors are determined.

Provisional honors are based on coursework you've completed before the term in which you've applied to graduate.

This includes any faculty grade changes for prior coursework on record at the midterm deadline of the graduation term. If a professor changes a grade after the midterm deadline, this is not used to determine provisional honors.

Provisional honors does include any administrative conversions (such as Is and IPs to Fs) from prior terms -- even after the midterm conversion deadline.

To be eligible for provisional honors, you must file a Graduation Application before the published midterm date of your graduation term. If you miss this deadline, you will not be recognized with honors at commencement.

Final Honors

After commencement, final honors are determined for each graduate. Final grades are considered for all undergraduate coursework according to the same honors requirements. Final honors are posted on your transcript.