Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Handbook

Academic Honors

Angell Scholar

James B. Angell Scholars are students who earn all A+, A, or A- grades with a minimum of 12 graded credits for two or more consecutive terms. All other grades must be P, S, or CR. Students remain Angell Scholars in subsequent semesters as long as their grades qualify. Angell Scholars are invited to attend the annual University Honors Convocation; this University distinction is posted on the student’s transcript. The Angell Scholar distinction is a University-wide honor.

Branstrom Award

Freshmen in the top 5% of their class who have earned 14 graded credits are eligible for this honor, administered by the University Office of the Registrar. A book inscribed with a nameplate is presented to each student. Recipients of the Branstrom Award are invited to attend the annual University Honors Convocation; this distinction is posted on the student’s transcript. The Branstrom Award distinction is a University-wide honor.

Dean’s List

Dean’s List honors are awarded both fall and winter terms to Stamps students who satisfy the following criteria:

  • Earn at least 16 credits, with at least 15 graded credits
  • Earn a term grade point average of 3.8 or better
  • Have no incomplete grades at the end of the term
  • Earn no grade lower than a C

Dean’s List honors are posted to the student’s transcript, and the student receives a commendation letter from the Dean. The Dean’s List is prominently posted each semester outside the Office of the Dean. This is the highest academic honor in the School.

Graduation Honors

Candidates for bachelor’s degrees are recognized for outstanding performance, based on the ranking of the student according to GPA:

  • Summa Cum Laude: Top 3% of winter term graduating class
  • Magna Cum Laude: Top 10% of winter term graduating class
  • Cum Laude: Top 20% of winter term graduating class

NOTE: This notation appears on the diploma and on the final transcript with the degree posting.

University Honors

Each semester, students who earn a minimum of 14 credits, with 12 graded credits, and a 3.5 grade point average, are eligible for University Honors. The University awards this Honor each fall and winter term. The Office of the Registrar posts the University Honors distinction on a student’s transcript. Students who receive this honor in two consecutive terms are invited to attend the annual University Honors Convocation in March.

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the oldest scholastic society in America. Stamps seniors with outstanding achievements in the liberal arts at the University of Michigan may be nominated for membership if they have earned at least 60 credits in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa issues membership invitations, taking into account achievement in the liberal arts as indicated by a student’s cumulative grade point average, numerical rank, and percentile rank. Letter grades reported for Pass/Fail courses are calculated into the grade point average for Phi Beta Kappa. Students who believe they may be eligible for this award should contact the Assistant Dean.