If you maintain a record of exceptional achievement during the duration of your degree program, you may be recognized with an honors designation upon graduation.

Whether you meet the criteria to graduate with honors is established by your school.

The graduation honors gathered on this page will be noted on your record and/or diploma if you are eligible.

You may be eligible for other honors and awards through the university or individual school when you graduate. However, those will not be posted on your record or diploma. You can find out more about those awards through the school bulletin.

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University Honors Scholars

If you reach graduation as a top-ranking Baccalaureate candidate or graduate, you will be named a University Honors Scholar and awarded the NYU Founders’ Day Award. You will be notified by email on April 21, Founders’ Day.*

Recipients of this honor receive a gold tassel to wear during Commencement and a personalized certificate. You can collect your gold tassel along with your Commencement attire.

The certificate will be mailed in mid-summer to your permanent address listed in NYU Albert.

*For May 2021 Commencement, recipients will be notified by April 5th requesting you to update your permanent address by April 9th so your gold tassel and certificate can be shipped in time for virtual celebrations!

If you qualify with the minimum GPA based on your spring semester grades, you will be awarded this honor retroactively and will receive your tassel and certificate following Commencement.

Please note: The University Honors Scholar and Founders’ Day Award are separate and distinct from Latin Honors with different criteria. Qualifying for one does not mean you will qualify for the other.

Latin Honors

If you have achieved a high cumulative grade point average (GPA) and completed your school’s minimum number of credits you will be awarded latin honors.

For all students except those attending NYU Abu Dhabi, the GPA cutoffs are determined by the combined GPA distribution from the preceding academic year.

For example, if you are graduating during the academic year from September 2019 to May 2020, the GPA cutoff for summa cum laude will be based on the top 5% of GPAs from combined graduates from September 2018, January 2019, and May 2019.

NYU Abu students’ Latin honors are determined by a different set of cumulative GPA cutoffs. 

Summa cum laude

You will qualify for this honor if your GPA falls within the top 5% of the previous year’s graduating class.

NYU Abu Dhabi students are awarded this honor according to the top 5% of the graduating class in each division. 

Magna cum laude

You will qualify for this honor if your GPA falls within the next 10% of the previous year’s graduating class.

NYU Abu Dhabi students are awarded this honor according to the next 10% of the graduating class in each division. 

Cum laude

You will qualify for this honor if your GPA falls within the next 15% of the previous year’s graduating class.

NYU Abu Dhabi students are awarded this honor according to the next 15% of the graduating class in each division.

GPA cutoffs: September 2020 to May 2021

  Summa
Cum Laude
Magna
Cum Laude
Cum
Laude
CAS 3.922 3.825 3.701
Gallatin 3.957 3.875 3.795
Liberal Studies 3.927 3.886 3.843
Nursing 3.949 3.865 3.745
SPS 3.944 3.823 3.684
Silver 3.921 3.89 3.806
Steinhardt 3.933 3.856 3.767
Stern 3.907 3.803 3.691
Tandon 3.883 3.722 3.512
Tisch 3.912 3.835 3.729

Please note:

  • 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 and colleges at NYU may be excluded from the GPA calculation per the policy of the program.

Residency Requirements

Each school or college at New York University has its own set of credit requirements for you to be considered for latin honors within their programs.

Reference your school or college to find out what your requirements include.

Other Departmental Honors

Some departments at New York University award additional honors to eligible undergraduate and graduate students. Requirements vary by school and program.