Student Achievement, Honor Societies and Awards

Student Achievement, Honor Societies and Awards


Achievement Awards Academic achievement awards are annually presented to students earning a 3.5 overall cumulative average. Residence Life annually gives academic awards for a 3.25 and up, while the Athletic department annually gives academic awards for athletes with 3.25 and up.

Academic Distinction

The Latin designations - Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude - will be used for identifying honor graduates.

Graduates having cumulative quality point averages between 3.95 and 4.00 will be designated "Summa Cum Laude," while graduates having a cumulative quality point average between 3.75 and 3.94 will be designated "Magna Cum Laude." Graduates having cumulative quality point average between 3.50 and 3.74 will be designated as "Cum Laude."

Honors for the graduation ceremony will be awarded as of the semester prior to the last semester, while honors for transcript and diploma will be as of the end of the final semester. Forty-five credits must be completed at BU in order to be considered for academic honors at commencement.

Sixty credits must be completed at BU as of the previous semester in order to receive the designation at graduation of "Highest Honor Graduate" for each college. A full-time degree student whose semester QPA is 3.5 or higher in 12 or more semester hours of coursework for which a grade or grades are received will be named to the Dean's list for that semester.

Outstanding Class Award

Each year, the CGA Awards Committee selects the outstanding freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. Students can be recommended by faculty or staff, or they may submit their own application describing their outstanding accomplishments during the time they have been students at BU.

Specific information on the class award is advertised on campus TV and is also published in The Voice in the spring. Applications will be available at the Information Center in Kehr Union. Contact the assistant vice president for student life at 570-389-4065 for more information.

Honor Societies

Membership requirements and policies governing these societies vary. The director of Kehr Union, 570-389-4346, has details.
 

Alpha Psi Omega National Dramatic Honor Society
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
Chi Alpha Epsilon Non-traditional Student Honor Society
Beta Gamma Sigma National honor society for business programs      
Gamma Theta Upsilon      Geography Honor Society
Kappa Delta Pi Coeducational Honor Society
Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematic Honor Society
Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society
Phi Alpha Social Welfare Honor Society
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society
Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Society
Pi Kappa Delta Interdisciplinary Forensic Society
Pi Omega Pi National Honor Society in Business Education
Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society
Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta National Honor Society in English
Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Society

Outstanding Service Award

Seniors are eligible to apply for a "Service Key" award in the fall or spring, depending upon their graduation date. This award is presented to individuals who have been very active in leadership positions and who have earned 30 service points or more while at BU.

The award consists of a plaque and a lifetime Community Activities card. Information on the award is advertised on campus TV and is also published in The Voice each semester. Applications will be available at the Information Center in Kehr Union. Contact the assistant vice president for student life at 570-389-4065 for more information.

Living-Learning Community Academic Achievement Awards

Residence Life partners with numerous academic departments to present awards twice each year to students living in campus residential living-learning communities who earned a 3.0 or higher overall cumulative grade point average. Residential living-learning communities integrate faculty and academics into students' lives beyond the classroom.

Who's Who

Nominations are compiled in October and assessed by a committee consisting of the deans of the colleges, director of student activities, the presidents of the classes, the president of the community government association and the director of student standards.

Seniors, with at least 88 earned credits, are encouraged to contact the faculty/staff in their major department or any other faculty/staff member who would be willing to nominate them based upon the qualifications listed below:

  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Commendable personal traits
  • Potential usefulness to society and professional promise.

Applications for Service Key and/or Outstanding Student are available about the fourth week of the semester. Contact the Office of Student Standards, Elwell Hall G15, at 570-389-4734 for more information.