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College Distinctions

Dean’s List | Senior Thesis submission | College Latin Honors in LAS | Bronze Tablet | LAS Honors Ceremony

These acknowledgments of work well done are recognitions and distinctions you can share in pursuit of future endeavors.

Dean’s List

The Dean's List is prepared each semester to honor all full-time students whose grade-point average (GPA) for that semester ranks in the upper 20 percent of their college. The minimum GPA establishing eligibility for the LAS Dean's List in 2017-2018 is 3.80.

Effective beginning Fall 2017: To be eligible for Dean's List recognition, students must complete at least 12 academic semester hours taken for a letter grade (A through F). This excludes courses graded credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, and test-based credit that is graded pass/fail. No consideration is given for the Dean's List until all final traditional grades are posted. Students with I, DFR, or missing grades who believe they should be placed on the Dean's List as a result of a grade change or a grade received more than a month after the end of the semester, should notify the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office at to ensure that corrective action is taken.

Students who are registered with the Center for Wounded Veterans (CWV) or with Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) who are enrolled less than 12 but a minimum of nine graded semester hours who are in the top 20 percent of their college are also eligible. Such students must sign a release with CWV or DRES indicating their consent for consideration for Dean's List eligibility and have submitted that consent to their home unit's academic affairs office (for LAS students the release should be submitted to the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office in 2002 Lincoln Hall) no later than Reading Day in the semester in which they wish to be considered for Dean's List. These consent forms are valid only for the semester in which they are issued, and students must submit by the deadline updated consent forms for each semester in which they wish to be considered for Dean's List.

Senior Thesis submission

College Latin Honors in LAS

Based on December 2016-August 2017 LAS graduates, the following GPAs may be used to determine LAS College Honors on graduation lists between December 2017 and August 2018.

  • (Top 3 percent) Summa Cum Laude (GPA of 3.96)
  • (Top 7 percent) Magna Cum Laude (GPA of 3.90)
  • (Top 12 percent) Cum Laude (GPA of 3.83)

To earn College Latin Honors, a student is required to have both the appropriate GPA and to have completed one of the following:

  • 25 honors hours, OR
  • 35 advanced hours (300/400 level), OR
  • LAS James Scholar Graduation Honors, OR
  • Departmental Distinction

The minimum must be met by both the comprehensive university GPA (including transfer work) and the cumulative GPA of work taken on this campus. All semesters count for Latin Honors.

Bronze Tablet

Continuous academic achievement is recognized at the University of Illinois by inscribing students’ names on the Bronze Tablets which hang in the campus Library. Bronze Tablet recipients must rank in the top three percent of the students of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The actual GPA is recalculated every year and is based on all work completed at the University through the academic term prior to their graduation. To be identified as a Bronze Tablet recipient, transfer students—in addition to meeting the general rules for qualification—must also have earned at least 40 semester hours at this University and have cumulative University of Illinois grade point averages as high as the lowest eligible students who completed all of their academic work on this campus.

LAS Honors Ceremony

Students who graduate with James Scholar Graduation Honors and other select honors/awards are invited to participate in a spring ceremony in which LAS recognizes their achievements.

The ceremony acknowledges graduating senior James Scholars as well as graduating seniors honored with departmental or college awards or scholarships. The Honors Ceremony is usually held on Sunday two weeks before spring commencement.

The 2018 LAS Honors Ceremony is at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Foellinger Auditorium.

Invited students are notified via email to their Illinois email addresses, and their families are notified by mail at their permanent addresses.