Academic Honors

Students are awarded honors for outstanding academic achievement.

Dean's List

A student shall be eligible for the Dean's List in any semester in which his or her grade point average is 3.50 or above, and provided he or she receives no grade of "D," "F," or "I," and has earned a minimum of 12 semester-hour credits.

Graduation Honors

Latin Honors

To be eligible to graduate with Latin Honors, an undergraduate student must have completed at least 60 semester hours of work at Suffolk University. (Courses for which a student receives credit through CLEP examinations may not be counted toward this minimum of 60 semester hours.)

  • Summa Cum Laude: You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.85, and have no grades of F or I
  • Magna Cum Laude: You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7, and have no grades of F or I.
  • Cum Laude: You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3, and have no more than one grade of F or I.

Recognition Day Awards

Highest Class Honors

In the spring of each year, both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Sawyer Business School present Outstanding Student Awards to the individuals (in their respective schools) with the highest cumulative grade point average in the sophomore, junior and senior classes. To be eligible for consideration, a student must have accrued the following minimum credit hours while in attendance at Suffolk University. A grade of "D," "F," or "I" disqualifies a student, regardless of GPA.
Class Minimum Earned Credit Hours at Suffolk University:

  • Sophomore 42
  • Junior 70
  • Senior 106

Major Honors and Awards

In the spring of each year, both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Sawyer Business School present students awards of achievement in their major. Each award is defined and determined by the individual academic departments upon review of their junior and senior majors each spring semester.