WVU recognizes distinguished academic achievement by awarding degrees cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. This distinction can be awarded on initial or second baccalaureates and specified entry-level professional degrees.
All candidates for a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the ranges below will graduate with the corresponding honors:
- Summa Cum Laude – Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.8
- Magna Cum Laude – Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.6 but less than 3.8
- Cum Laude – Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.4 but less than 3.6
The grade point average for honors consideration for a baccalaureate is based on baccalaureate-level college work attempted through the final semester. This calculation includes baccalaureate-level college work attempted at institutions accredited by regional accreditors in the United States. Credit hours earned with a grade of P or S are not considered in the determination. Grades of F, however, are computed as hours attempted. The grade point average through the penultimate semester will be used for notations in the commencement programs. Students who received academic forgiveness are not eligible to graduate with honors.
Students must meet residency requirements at WVU to be considered for graduation with honors. The GPA for honors consideration for entry-level professional degrees is based on baccalaureate-level and professional-level work attempted through the last semester. This calculation includes baccalaureate-level and professional-level college work attempted at all regionally accredited higher education institutions attended. Credit hours earned with a grade of P or S are not considered in the determination.
Students entering and completing a second baccalaureate program following completion of the initial degree are eligible to receive the honors designation. Grade point averages for graduation with honors on second baccalaureates shall be computed on all baccalaureate-level work, excluding credit earned with a P or S. This includes work completed for the first degree as well.