Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 first edition, July 2014

Scholastic Honors

Special distinction is awarded to students who demonstrate high scholarship in completing a baccalaureate degree. Honors are conferred according to the requirements in effect at the time of admission into the University (or at time of readmission if the student was not enrolled for more than one calendar year).

Missouri State credit hours and grade point average include courses taken at the West Plains Campus prior to fall 1995. Courses taken at the West Plains Campus fall 1995 and after are considered to be transfer credit.

Requirements to be met for students admitted to the University fall 2004 and beyond

  1. Completion of 60 undergraduate credit hours at Missouri State, and
  2. a Missouri State grade point average of 3.50 or better, and
  3. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) grade point average of 3.50 or better.

Honors will then be granted based on the lower grade point average of either Missouri State or combined as follows:

  • GPA of 3.50 -3.74 — Cum Laude
  • GPA of 3.75 - 3.89 — Magna Cum Laude
  • GPA of 3.90 - 4.00 — Summa Cum Laude 

Requirements to be met for students admitted to the University fall 1992 through summer 2004

  1. Completion of 60 undergraduate credit hours at Missouri State, and
  2. a Missouri State grade point average of 3.40 or better, and
  3. a combined (Missouri State and transfer) grade point average of 3.40 or better.

Honors will then be granted based on the lower grade point average of either Missouri State or combined as follows:

  • GPA of 3.40 -3.74 — Cum Laude
  • GPA of 3.75 - 3.89 — Magna Cum Laude
  • GPA of 3.90 - 4.00 — Summa Cum Laude 

Students who meet the above GPA criteria at the close of the semester immediately preceding their final semester of college work shall be honored at commencement ceremonies. The final eligibility of students for scholarship honors shall be determined on the basis of their credit hour totals and grade point average(s) at the end of the semester of graduation. Students who qualify for scholarship honors shall have those honors entered on their academic record and printed on their diploma.

Questions concerning eligibility for scholastic honors should be directed to the Office of the Registrar, Carrington Hall 320, 417-836-5520.

Refer to “Dean’s List” section for further information regarding scholastic honors.