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Qualifications for the Dean's, President's, and Honors Lists

Dean's Honors List

The Dean's List is compiled at the end of each quarter to recognize undergraduate students who have completed 12 or more letter-graded units at Cal Poly during the quarter with a 3.5 grade point average or better for that term.

President's List

The President's List is compiled at the end of each university year to recognize those undergraduate students who have demonstrated consistent achievement, as represented by being named on the Dean's Honors List for any three of the four quarters of the university year. The university year begins with summer quarter.

Honors at Graduation

Candidates for bachelor's degrees with Cal Poly grade point averages indicated below will be awarded honors at graduation. The GPA is officially calculated at the time the student has completed graduation requirements and will be noted on the student's official transcript.

The three honors categories are as follows:

  • Summa cum laude - 3.850 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Magna cum laude - 3.700 Cal Poly cumulative GPA
  • Cum laude - 3.500 Cal Poly cumulative GPA

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