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Latin Honors

Latin honors are awarded to Baccalaureate degree recipients who have achieved a high cumulative grade point average (GPA) and completed their school's minimum number of points in residence.


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Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirements

Effective with the September 2008 graduating class, the GPA cutoffs for each category are determined by the combined GPA distribution from the preceding academic year, all graduation moments included. The cutoff for summa cum laude is the GPA included within the top 5 percent of the previous year's graduating class. The cutoff for magna cum laude is the GPA included within the next 10 percent of the previous year's class. The cutoff for cum laude is the GPA included within the next 15 percent of the previous year's class. For example, the necessary GPA level for summa cum laude for students graduating in September 2013 to May 2014 will be based on the GPA cutoff for the top 5 percent of the combined graduates from September 2012, January 2013, and May 2013.

GPA cutoffs for
September 2014 to May 2015
Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude
College of Arts & Sciences 3.895 3.798 3.671
College of Nursing 3.940 3.850 3.743
Gallatin School of Individualized Study 3.922 3.836 3.753
Liberal Studies 3.955 3.854 3.824
NYU Abu Dhabi 3.975 3.887 3.813
Polytechnic School of Engineering 3.873 3.662 3.382
School of Professional Studies 3.952 3.824 3.619
Silver School of Social Work 4.000 3.824 3.6196
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development 3.901 3.817 3.714
Stern School of Business 3.863 3.742 3.634

Only courses applicable to the degree are used in calculating GPA. Grades received in courses taken at other institutions are not included. Courses taken at other schools/colleges of the University may be excluded from the GPA calculation per the policy of the program.

Residency Requirements
College of Arts and Science At least 64 credits earned in courses from CAS, GSAS and selected Tisch departments.
College of Nursing At least 58 credits earned while enrolled in the College in which the letter grades A through D were received.
(effective September 2012)
Gallatin School of Individualized Study At least 64 credits earned at NYU for which the letter grades A through D were received. For students who matriculated in Gallatin prior to Spring 2009, courses taken prior to matriculation in Gallatin with course prefixes T, Y, Z are not included in the required 64 points or GPA.
Liberal Studies At least 64 credits earned at NYU for which the letter grades A through D were received.
Polytechnic School of Engineering* At least 64 credits earned while enrolled in the School.
School of Professional Studies At least 60 credits earned while enrolled in the School in which the letter grades A through D were received.
Silver School of Social Work At least 60 credits earned while enrolled in the School of which a minimum of 44 credits must have received the letter grades A through D (16 Pass credits in Field Experience and Field Instruction will be counted toward the 60 credits)
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development At least 64 credits earned while enrolled in the School in which the letter grades A through D were received.
Stern School of Business At least 64 credits earned while enrolled in the School of which a minimum of 60 credits must have received the letter grades A through D.

Tisch School of the Arts and the College of Dentistry do not award Latin honors. Please refer to Departmental Honors webpage.

*Note that the cutoffs and requirements specified for Polytechnic School of Engineering are effective starting with the May 2014 graduating class. Latin honors for January 2014 and prior graduates were awarded according to previous Polytechnic School of Engineering policies.