REG 02.30.01 – Academic Honors

Authority: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

History: First Issued: 1966. Last Revised: Fall 1984.

Contact Info: Vice Chancellor and Dean of Academic and Student Affairs  (919-515-3037)


High ranking students in their freshmen year are eligible for membership in Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta.  Both of these national scholastic honoraries require a 3.5 semester grade point average or better during the first semester or a cumulative average of 3.5 for both semesters during the freshman year.

Juniors ranking in the top three percent of their class, seniors ranking in the top six percent of their class, and outstanding graduate students are eligible for election to membership in Phi Kappa Phi, the University’s most prestigious campus-wide scholastic honor society.  Outstanding undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the arts and sciences are also eligible for election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.


A full-time undergraduate student, who earns a semester average of (a) 3.5 or better on 12 to 14 credit hours of course work for which grade points are earned; or (b) 3.25 or better on 15 or more credit hours of course work for which grade points are earned shall be placed on the Dean’s List for that semester.  Students are not eligible for the Dean’s List in any semester in which they receive an F or IN grade.  When IN grades are resolved, however, students who are otherwise eligible shall be added retroactively to the Dean’s List for that semester.  Dean’s List recognition shall be noted on the student’s semester grade report and permanent academic record.


Undergraduate degree honor designations are:

• Cum Laude – for grade point averages of 3.25 through 3.499;

• Magna Cum Laude – for grade point averages of 3.5 through 3.749; and

• Summa Cum Laude – for grade point averages of 3.75 and above

To be eligible for degree honor designations, students must have completed at least two semesters and at least 30 credit hours at NC State.


To be eligible for consideration as valedictorian, salutatorian, or highest ranking scholar in a college an undergraduate student must have received at least 100 academic credits at NC State (including credit by examination, advanced placement credit, and S/U courses).  These 100 credits may include no more than 20 transfer credits through programs officially sponsored by NC State.  Specifically, these programs are Cooperating Raleigh Colleges, National Student Exchange, International Student Exchange, NC State sponsored study abroad programs, and the affiliated hospital programs in medical Technology.

All students whose accumulated grade point averages, based on all courses attempted at NC State as specified above, make them eligible for one of these honors shall be so recognized.  That is, in the case of ties, more than one student will receive the honor.  However, in the case of ties for valedictorian, no salutatorian will be recognized.