Academic Honors

Dean’s List or quarterly honors

Quarterly honors are awarded to those undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in good standing who have completed at least 12 credit hours of work and attained a 3.5 or higher quarterly grade-point average in a given quarter.

Students who have earned any of the following grades will not qualify for honors: E, NC, I, or N.

However, once the temporary grade of N or I has been replaced by the grade earned, honors will be awarded to qualified students.

President’s List

The President’s List recognition is awarded to those students who exclusively attended SPU full time during the academic year and achieved a 4.0 GPA in all three quarters.

Graduation honors

Bachelor’s degrees will be conferred with honors for undergraduate students based on the following criteria:

  • The student completed 75 quarter hours in residence at SPU.
  • Honors are based on the SPU GPA only.
  • All courses taken at SPU (except ESL and other courses numbered below 1000) are included in the GPA for honors and must meet the minimum grade-point average required for the honor.
  • Honors for post-baccalaureate students require the minimum GPA in the entire work necessary for the degree including the 45 credits required in residence.
  • Students must meet the graduation application deadlines to have honors appear in the Commencement program. Graduation honors are computed for the Commencement program on the basis of work completed through Winter Quarter for Spring Quarter and Summer Quarter graduates.

Academic Awards

President’s Citation

The President’s Citation is awarded each year to a graduating senior who has demonstrated distinguished academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program.

To be eligible for this award, the student must have taken all of his or her university work at SPU and must have adhered consistently to the ideals of the University. The University president makes the selection.

Alpha Kappa Sigma

Undergraduate students who have earned 90 credits at SPU and who are in the top 10 percent of the graduating class are eligible for election to the honor society Alpha Kappa Sigma.

This honor society has chapters in all the colleges of SPU’s sponsoring denomination. During their senior year, candidates are recommended by an academic policies committee and elected by vote of the faculty.


The Ivy Honorary, a chapter of National Mortarboard Inc., selects students for membership at the end of their junior year. These are students who have distinguished themselves through scholarship, leadership, and service. 

Other honoraries include:

  • Centurions (men’s service honorary) 
  • Falconettes (women’s service honorary) 
  • Order of the S (athletics) 
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (business) 
  • Pi Kappa Delta (speech) 
  • Alpha Psi Omega (drama) 
  • Mu Phi Epsilon (music) 
  • Lambda Iota Tau (English) 
  • Psi Chi (psychology) 
  • Servant Scholar of the Year (student life)

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

A number of seniors are elected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities each year. This honor is awarded to students who will graduate from SPU, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, uphold the ideals of SPU, and demonstrate leadership in co-curricular activities. Candidates are recommended during their senior year by the faculty. 

  • Cum Laude: 3.50–3.74 GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.75–3.89 GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9–4.0 GPA