Alma College features a diverse selection of distinctions and honors.
Whatever your passion, opportunities exist to stand out and shine in your field of expertise.
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.
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 at least a 3.5 GPA in the major field. Each department has autonomy over the comprehensive evaluation and the thesis.
President's Outstanding Senior Award
The President of Alma College may select seniors who have completed four full (Fall or Winter) terms at Alma College and demonstrated scholastic superiority to receive the President’s Outstanding Senior Award.
Juniors, sophomores and first-year degree-seeking students who have been at Alma College for one academic year and who attain the highest academic ranks in their classes based on GPA receive the President’s Award.
Graduation Honors are awarded to graduating seniors who have completed at least 52 credits at Alma College
Summa cum laude
Students who have achieved a 3.8 GPA (and 3.6 in credits outside the division of the major)
Magna cum laude
Students who have achieved a 3.6 GPA (and 3.4 in credits outside the division of the major)
Students who have achieved a 3.4 GPA (and 3.2 outside the division of the major)
Phi Beta Kappa
Alma College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is one of eight in Michigan and 293 across the nation. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Since then, it has evolved to become the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society, as well as a leading advocate for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. For more information, including eligibility requirements, contact Dr. Kristin Olbertson at email@example.com.