Latin Honors

Graduates may earn summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude Latin Honors. Requirements for graduation with Latin Honors are as follows:

Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 Honors Benchmarks:


Summa Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Cum Laude
The School of Arts and Humanities
The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
The School of Economic, Political and Policy Science
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Naveen Jindal School of Management
The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Latin Honors requirements are updated at the conclusion of the summer semester.

Fall 2007 to Present Catalog Year

A minimum of 45 UT Dallas graded credit hours are required. Each Latin Honors level requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) to be attained over all course work taken at The University of Texas at Dallas (excluding graduate level coursework that is excluded from the undergraduate career). In the case of a student with a double major who wishes to graduate with honors, a single honors designation will be awarded based on the primary major. Students graduating with double degrees who wish to receive honors for both degrees must complete separate honors requirements for each degree.

The grade point requirements for Latin Honors are issued by UT Dallas in the summer of each academic year and apply to graduates in the following academic year. The thresholds for each level of Latin Honors are determined from a rolling average of the grades of all graduates for the previous six long semesters. Averages are computed separately for each school within UT Dallas. The GPA that represents the top five percent of all graduates in a particular school will be considered the threshold for awarding summa cum laude honors. The GPA that represents the next 10 percent in each school will be the lower limit for magna cum laude. The GPA that represents the next 15 percent in each school will be considered the benchmark for awarding cum laude honors. A minimum GPA of 3.40 is required for any Latin Honors.

All catalog years prior to Fall 2007 have now expired.


Participating at Commencement with Latin Honors

A student with less than 45 U.T. Dallas graded credit hours in the semester prior to graduation may receive their medallion prior to commencement if and only if they meet the following conditions:

  1. must be enrolled in enough hours to meet the 45 hours requirement in the semester they are choosing to walk at commencement (i.e. a student who will officially graduate in summer but choosing to walk in spring must be enrolled in enough hours to meet the 45 hours requirement at end of spring not summer).
  2. not have initiated any drop/withdrawal procedures that would drop them below the 45 hour requirement.
  3. must have been passing all courses at the time of midterm grades.

Updated: September 12, 2014