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Academic Standards & Evaluation at Lehman College

Honors FAQs


How can I earn college honors?

Students are eligible for College honors at graduation if they have completed at least 60 credits in residence at Lehman College, of which at least 42 are indexable, with a minimum cumulative index of 3.4. The following honors may be awarded:


Cum Laude Index of 3.4-3.59
Magna cum laude Index of 3.6-3.79
Summa cum laude Index of 3.8-4.0

Dean's List

At the end of each Fall and Spring semester, the Office of Undergraduate Studies publishes a list of matriculated students who meet the qualifications for placement on the Dean's List.

Full-time students will be placed on the Dean's List each fall and spring semester in which they have earned twelve or more credits with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Part-time students will be placed on the Dean's List on each occasion in which they have completed twelve or more new credits in two consecutive semesters with a GPA of 3.5 or above. In either case, no WU or INC grades are allowed even if twelve credits are completed with a 3.5 GPA.

Presidential Scholars List

This designation is bestowed upon students who have met all of the qualifications for the Dean's List and have exceeded the GPA requirement for Dean's List by earning a 3.9 or higher. This honor supercedes placement on the Dean's list.

How can I earn honors in my major?

Graduation with departmental honors requires that, in addition to any other departmental specification, a student achieve a cumulative index of 3.2 and an index of 3.5 in the major or in an interdisciplinary program for a minimum of 24 credits. For further information, please contact your faculty advisor in the department that houses your major.

Is Lehman College affiliated with any Honor Societies?

Yes. Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, are national honor societies with established chapters at Lehman. In addition, the Golden Key International Honor Society has a chapter at Lehman. See the Lehman Undergraduate Bulletin and your faculty advisor in your major for more information about honor societies at Lehman.

Other honor societies at Lehman College are:

Honor societies encourage students to take an active interest in independent and advanced study. Check with your faculty advisor in the department that houses your major for more information regarding honors and advanced study opportunities.