Dean’s Honor List
Students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for the Dean’s Honor List:
- Must earn a minimum term GPA of 3.5.
- Must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of letter grade work (i.e., A, B, C, or D). Grades of S and P are not considered. Students are ineligible for the Dean’s Honor List if they have an incomplete grade or grades of I, N, X, or U in a course for that semester.
- All courses must be taken at Buffalo State.
Part-Time Dean’s List
Part-time, matriculated students (students carrying less than a 12-credit-hour course load per semester) will become eligible for Part-Time Dean’s List only after prior completion of 12 credit hours of letter grade work (A–E) at Buffalo State. The Dean’s List designation will be determined once a year at the end of the spring semester for courses taken during that semester and the preceding fall semester.
Eligibility also requires the following:
- A minimum GPA of 3.5 for all coursework taken in that academic year
- No grades of I, N, X, or U in a course during that year
- Completion of at least 12 hours of letter grade work per academic year
Baccalaureate Academic Honors/Gold Honors Cord
An honors citation is given to graduating students who have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all work completed. Students with a cumulative average of 3.8 to 4.0 will be designated summa cum laude; 3.65 to 3.79 magna cum laude; and 3.5 to 3.64 cum laude. To be considered for an honors citation, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at Buffalo State.
Degree candidates with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who have completed or have in progress 60 credit hours at Buffalo State may be eligible for academic honors. These students are invited to wear a gold cord at Commencement to signify their academic achievement, and they are recognized in the Commencement program. Honors cords are issued to degree candidates based on their current GPA in their last semester. They will be notified by Academic Affairs separately from the Commencement Information Brochure, which is sent to degree candidates’ homes in March. They also will be on a list at Commencement Headquarters, where caps, gowns, and honors cords are purchased.