General College Honors


Students who earn a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.50 or better on all courses attempted with at least 12 credit-hours taken for a letter grade are named to the Dean’s List for that semester. This calculation is made at the end of each semester. Students who receive “Incomplete(s)” do not qualify for the Dean’s List.


Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or better, who have taken at least 32 credit-hours for a letter grade at St. Mary’s College, are designated St. Mary’s Scholars. St. Mary’s Scholars are determined once a year at the end of the spring semester.


Latin Honors: Any graduating senior who has completed a minimum of 64 credit-hours at St. Mary’s College (at least 56 of which were letter-graded) is eligible for Latin honors based on the following cumulative grade-point average: 3.900-4.000 summa cum laude; 3.700-3.899 magna cum laude; 3.500-3.699 cum laude.

Nitze Scholars Program: Graduating seniors enrolled in the Nitze Scholars Program are also eligible to receive one of the following citations, based on the quality of their course work in the Scholars Program curriculum, including the quality of their tutorial and portfolio work, and their performance in the St. Mary’s Project. Ranked from highest to lowest, these honors are Scholars Program Distinction, Scholars Program Commendation, Scholars Program Recognition, and Scholars Program Participation.

Class Valedictorian: The class valedictorian(s) shall be the graduating student(s) in good standing at the College with the highest cumulative grade-point average, provided he or she will have completed at least 96 credit-hours at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Any student who has received a grade of F shall not be eligible.