Honors will be calculated on all work completed in the baccalaureate programs at Widener, including original grades in the case of substitute courses. A minimum of 45 credits of registered coursework must be taken at Widener to be eligible for honors. Original grades from courses that are changed to retroactive pass/no pass will be included in the calculation for honors.
For May graduates, honors will be calculated at the end of the final fall semester and will be included in the commencement program and read during the commencement ceremony. At the end of the spring semester, honors will be recalculated based on spring grades and will be printed on official transcripts and diplomas.
The minimum grade point averages for honors are:
- Cum Laude (with distinction)—3.50
- Magna Cum Laude (with high distinction)—3.70
- Summa Cum Laude (with highest distinction)—3.85
A full-time student—defined as a student who has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in the semester—whose average GPA for any semester is 3.00 to 3.49 will be awarded Academic Honors; 3.50 and above will be placed on the Dean’s List.
A student who earns a 4.00 GPA in two consecutive semesters of full-time coursework (at least 12 credits each semester) will be named to the President’s List. An Incomplete (I) or pass (P) grade in either semester disqualifies a student from consideration for the President’s List unless it is the only grade the student could receive based on the student’s curriculum or the type of course taken (e.g., in many two-semester senior seminar courses, an IP (in progress) is the only grade available at the end of the first semester).
National and international honor societies with chapters at Widener are Alpha Chi, scholastic honor society; Alpha Mu Gamma, modern languages; Alpha Phi Sigma, criminal justice; Alpha Psi Omega, dramatics; Alpha Sigma Lambda, adult student honor society; Beta Alpha Psi, financial information professionals; Beta Beta Beta, biology; Beta Gamma Sigma, AACSB-accredited business programs; Chi Alpha Epsilon, academic development; Eta Sigma Delta, hospitality management; Kappa Delta Pi, education; Gamma Eta Rho, human sexuality; Iota Iota Iota, gender and women’s studies; Kappa Theta Epsilon, cooperative education; Lambda Pi Eta, communication studies; Omega Chi Epsilon, chemical engineering; Omicron Delta Epsilon, economics; Omicron Delta Kappa, leadership; Phi Alpha, social work; Phi Alpha Theta, history; Phi Beta Delta, international scholars; Phi Eta Sigma, freshman honor society; Phi Kappa Phi, scholastic honor society; Phi Lambda Upsilon, chemistry; Pi Gamma Mu, social science; Pi Sigma Alpha, political science; Psi Chi, psychology; Sigma Pi Sigma, physics; Sigma Tau Delta, English; Sigma Theta Tau, nursing; Tau Beta Pi, engineering; School of Business Administration Honors Program; School of Nursing Honors Program; and Widener University Honors Program in General Education.