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Academic Honors

Elmira College students may be awarded the following honors:

A. Full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.600 or higher at the end of any Term I or Term II with twelve computable credit hours will be placed on the Dean’s List. Part-time students who have, during the current academic year, achieved a grade point average of 3.600 or higher at the end of the Spring Term (Term III), and who have completed at least twelve computable credit hours during the current academic year, will be placed on the Dean's List. 

B. The Cowles Honors Scholars designation is presented to seniors who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or above and have sustained this academic achievement throughout their Elmira College career.

C. Latin Honors are awarded to Bachelor degree recipients who achieve the cumulative grade point averages indicated below. Latin Honors are calculated according to the College Bulletin under which the student is completing degree requirements. More information on this calculation can be found under Academic Honors in the individual College Bulletin.

1. Summa cum laude — 3.800 and above
2. Magna cum laude — 3.600 to 3.799
3. Cum laude — 3.400 to 3.599
These honors will be entered on the Elmira College transcript and the diploma. They are calculated ONLY for those students who first achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.400 or above at Elmira College and have completed all degree requirements. For those completing degree requirements at a time other than the June Commencement, Latin honors will be noted on the transcript and diploma at the time of the degree conferral and will not be recognized at Commencement.
4. Valedictorian and Salutatorian — The Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Elmira College graduating class shall have entered as a first-time, full-time freshman and, upon graduation, shall have transferred to Elmira College no more than 15 credits after beginning college. Grades in transfer courses are included in calculating the GPA for these honors.

D. Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Chapter of New York was instituted at Elmira College November 29, 1940. Inductees are elected during Term II of their senior year. Election does not result solely from high grades. Members in course are elected on the basis of scholarly achievement in the liberal arts (as distinguished from applied or professional work), broad cultural interests, good character, and promise of future intellectual growth and effectiveness. Candidates must be majoring in liberal subjects and demonstrate breadth of program, again in liberal subjects, as shown by the number and variety of courses taken outside the major. Candidates, further, shall have demonstrated knowledge of mathematics at least equivalent to three years of college preparatory secondary-school mathematics and knowledge of a foreign language at least equivalent to the College intermediate-level course. Transfer students are eligible for consideration only if they complete two full years (60 credits) at Elmira College.

E. Elmira College has active chapters in more than a dozen other honor societies. For more information, please contact Dean Michael Halperin, McGraw Hall, room 113, (607) 735-1895.