Earning an Honors Program Diploma

Honors students are asked as rising juniors to select an Honors Program diploma option so that they may remain members of the UHP. The choices, as outlined below, give each student a chance to determine the best Honors track to help fulfill future academic success and post-graduate goals.

To earn either an Honors or Honors with Distinction diploma a student must successfully complete all regular degree requirements, plus additional Honors Program expectations.

To begin the process for Honors Program diploma candidacy, determine which diploma option suits your situation and complete the Initial Information Document.

Criteria for Earning an Honors Diploma

Criteria for Earning the Honors Diploma

Option 1 (Courses-Only Option)

  • Earn at least 21 Honors credits and
  • Attain and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, holding such GPA level at the time of graduation.

Option 2 (Thesis Option)

  • Earn at least 15 Honors credits and
  • Attain and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, holding such GPA level at the time of graduation, and
  • Complete an Honors thesis project, earning 6 Honors thesis credit hours at a grade level of “B” or above (a grade of B- or below fails to meet this requirement.)

Criteria for Earning an Honors with Distinction Diploma

  • Earn at least 21 Honors credits and
  • Attain and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, holding such GPA level at the time of graduation, and
  • Complete an Honors thesis project, earning 6 Honors thesis credit hours at a grade level of “B” or above (a grade of B- or below fails to meet this requirement.)

University of Dayton Latin Honors

The unit-based Latin honors are awarded separately from the University Honors Program diplomas. Any student, regardless of whether he or she is in the Honors Program, will be awarded Latin honors if the student has achieved the necessary criteria, including maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above (see the UD Bulletin for details).

The University of Dayton Latin honors categories are as follows:

  • Cum Laude―if the academic degree program grade-point average is greater than or equal to 3.50 but less than 3.70
  • Magna Cum Laude―if the academic degree program grade point average is greater than or equal to 3.70 but less than 3.90
  • Summa Cum Laude―if the academic degree program grade-point average is greater than or equal to 3.90