Three grades of honors are awarded at commencement to those
graduates who have maintained a superior level of achievement
during the entire undergraduate program:
- Summa Cum Laude, or highest honors, is awarded
to those having a GPA of 3.80 and no grade below B for all course
- Magna Cum Laude, or high honors, is awarded to
those having a GPA of 3.60 and no grade below C;
- Cum Laude, or with honor, is awarded to those
having a GPA of 3.40 or above.
To foster scholarly activity and to recognize academic
achievement, the faculty, upon the recommendation of the Academic
Standards Committee, may confer the title of Aquinas
Scholar or Ralph Scholar.
Aquinas or Ralph Scholars must have attained a high degree of
proficiency in their studies and have demonstrated initiatives
and/or activities that exemplify a sincere commitment to learning
at Mount Saint Mary College. The candidates must be enrolled
as full-time students; only 5 percent of each class may be
The title Aquinas Scholar is awarded to juniors or seniors who
have completed at least 30 credits at the Mount. The students must
have attained a minimum GPA of 3.60 and have received the
recommendation and approval of the division in which their major is
offered. Only up to 5 percent of the students per division per
class, or three students per division per class, whichever number
is larger, may be nominated.
The title Ralph Scholar is awarded to sophomores who have
completed at least 30 credits, 24 of them at Mount Saint Mary
College, in the freshman year. Students must have attained a GPA of
3.40 and have received the recommendation of at least two faculty
members. Ralph Scholars may be nominated by any individual faculty
member on the basis of overall freshman performance, not as
divisional majors. Only 5 percent of the class may be named.
The Dean’s List is announced at the end of each semester. The
Dean’s List includes the names of students who have carried at
least 12 graded credits in a semester. A minimum semester Grade
Point Average of 3.50 in the graded courses is required.