Academics

Honors

Whatever your passion, opportunities exist to stand out and shine in your field of expertise. Alma College features a diverse selection of distinctions and honors.

Barlow Trophy

Alma’s most prestigious award for graduating seniors, the Barlow Trophy, is awarded on the basis of scholarship and leadership. Candidates must rank in the top 10 percent of the graduating class, and the recipient is elected by a vote of the College faculty and Student Congress.

Dean’s List

Students who achieve a 3.5 term GPA while carrying a minimum load of 13 credits (eight of which must be graded A-E) qualify for the Dean’s List. The Dean’s List is compiled at the end of both the Fall and Winter terms.

President’s Outstanding Senior Award

The President of Alma College may select seniors who have completed seven full (Fall or Winter) terms and demonstrated scholastic superiority to receive the President’s Outstanding Senior Award.

President’s Cup

Juniors, sophomores and first-year students who have been at Alma College for one year and who attain the highest academic ranks in their classes based on GPA receive the President’s Cup award.

Departmental Honors

To graduate with Departmental Honors, students must demonstrate superior performance on the departmental comprehensive evaluation (where offered), present a thesis of honors caliber and achieve a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major field. Each department has autonomy over the comprehensive evaluation and the thesis.

Graduation Honors

Graduation Honors are awarded to graduating seniors who have completed at least 60 credits at Alma College. These include:

  • Summa cum laude, awarded to students who have achieved a 3.8 GPA (and 3.6 in credits outside the division of the major);
  • Magna cum laude, awarded to students who have achieved a 3.6 GPA (and 3.4 in credits outside the division of the major);
  • Cum laude, awarded to students who have achieved a 3.4 GPA (and 3.2 outside the division of the major).

Membership standards for the following organizations are available from each academic department:

Alpha Mu Gamma Modern Languages
Alpha Psi Omega Theatre
Beta Beta Beta Biology
Chi Epsilon Mu Chemistry
IPH Honor Society Integrative Physiology and Health Science
Kappa Delta Pi Education
Kappa Pi Zeta Art and Design
Lambda Pi Eta Communication
Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics
Phi Alpha Theta History
Pi Delta Chi Dance
Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics
Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science
Psi Chi Psychology
Rho Chi Epsilon Business
Sigma Delta Pi Spanish
Sigma Pi Sigma Physics
Sigma Tau Delta English