Latin Honors Information

As of May 2009, all graduating seniors are eligible for Latin honors designations on diplomas and transcripts if his/her complete academic record shows at least 54 calculable credits at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • If a student’s GPA places him/her among the top 5% of the graduating class of his/her school or college, then he/she will receive the degree summa cum laude.
  • If a student’s GPA places him/her among the top 10% of the graduating class of his/her school or college, but not among the top 5%, then he/she will receive the degree magna cum laude.
  • If a student’s GPA places him/her among the top 25% of the graduating class of his/her school or college, but not among the top 10%, then he/she will receive the degree cum laude.

The GPA needed to secure a place in the top 5%, 10%, and 25% in each school or college is based on the average of the previous three years’ graduating classes (see below).

For Commonwealth Honors College students:

Commonwealth Honors College students are also eligible for CHC distinction levels. See the Commonwealth Honors College website for the criteria for these distinctions:

Commonwealth Honors College Scholar with greatest distinction
Commonwealth Honors College Scholar with great distinction
Commonwealth Honors College Scholar with distinction
Commonwealth Honors College Scholar.

For additional questions on CHC honors call 413-545-2483 for an advising appointment.

NOTE: If a Commonwealth Honors College student meets both criteria they will receive the degree with honors of both types—f or example, “B. A., magna cum laude, Commonwealth Honors College Scholar with greatest distinction.”

Latin Honors GPAs Based on 3-Year Graduating GPAs (September 2019, February 2020, and May 2020 Graduates)

School/ College

Cum
Laude

Magna Cum Laude

Summa Cum Laude

College of Engineering

3.629

3.827

3.908

College of Humanities & Fine Arts

3.789

3.926

3.967

College of Information and Computer Sciences

3.751

3.893

3.965

College of Natural Sciences

3.738

3.912

3.961

College of Nursing

3.846

3.942

3.984

Isenberg School of Management

3.770

3.900

3.955

School of Public Health & Health Sciences

3.705

3.871

3.936

SBS, Educ, BDIC, UWW, and BGS

3.677

3.892

3.958