School-by-School Honors Criteria

Undergraduates who graduate with Highest Distinction, High Distinction, and Distinction are entitled to wear Cream and Crimson honor cords (fourragères). Criteria vary by school. Select your school from the list for further information.

  • College of Arts and Sciences

    The tentative honors list is composed of seniors who have completed at least 60 graded credit hours at Indiana University, and whose grade point averages are 3.900 for Highest Distinction, 3.800 for High Distinction, and 3.700 for Distinction.

  • School of Art, Architecture, and Design—College of Arts and Sciences

    The tentative honors list is composed of seniors who have completed at least 60 graded credit hours at Indiana University, and whose grade point averages are 3.900 for Highest Distinction, 3.800 for High Distinction, and 3.700 for Distinction.

  • School of Global and International Studies—College of Arts and Sciences

    The tentative honors list is composed of seniors who have completed at least 60 graded credit hours at Indiana University, and whose grade point averages are 3.900 for Highest Distinction, 3.800 for High Distinction, and 3.700 for Distinction.

  • The Media School—College of Arts and Sciences

    The tentative honors list is composed of seniors who have completed at least 60 graded credit hours at Indiana University, and whose grade point averages are 3.900 for Highest Distinction, 3.800 for High Distinction, and 3.700 for Distinction.

  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business

    The tentative honors list is composed of seniors with the following GPA cutoffs: 3.90–4.0 with Highest Distinction; 3.800– 3.899 with High Distinction; 3.700–3.799 with Distinction.

  • School of Education

    The tentative honors list is composed of students who have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours at Indiana University with the following grade point averages: with Highest Distinction, 3.90–4.00; with High Distinction, 3.75–3.89; with Distinction, 3.60–3.74.

  • School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

    The tentative honors list is composed of seniors who have completed at least 60 graded credit hours at Indiana University, and whose grade point averages are 3.9 for Highest Distinction, 3.8 for High Distinction, and 3.7 for Distinction.

  • Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

    The tentative honors list is composed of students receiving bachelor’s degrees with three levels of distinction: Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction in each of the three baccalaureate degrees. In each of the three separate degree categories, students whose cumulative grade point averages are 4.00 will receive Highest Distinction. In the Bachelor of Music degree, students whose grade point averages are between 3.95–3.99 will receive High Distinction, between 3.90–3.94 will receive Distinction. In the Bachelor of Music Education degree, between 3.85–3.99 will receive High Distinction, between 3.75–3.84 will receive Distinction. In the Bachelor of Science degree, between 3.90–3.99 will receive High Distinction, between 3.85–3.89 will receive Distinction.

  • School of Nursing

    The tentative honors list is composed of seniors who are in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class, who have completed at least 60 credit hours at Indiana University, and whose grade point averages are 4.00–3.83 for Highest Distinction, 3.82–3.66 for High Distinction, and 3.65–3.50 for Distinction.

  • School of Optometry

    The tentative honors list for the baccalaureate degree is composed of students who have been in residence at least three semesters in the School of Optometry with the following cumulative grade point average: 3.90, with Highest Distinction; 3.80, with High Distinction; 3.70, with Distinction. The tentative honors list for the Doctor of Optometry degree is composed of students who have recorded the following cumulative grade point average after seven semesters in the professional curriculum: 3.90, with Highest Honors; 3.80, with High Honors; 3.70, with Honors. Candidates for the Associate of Science degree will receive honors for academic achievement at an award reception at the School of Optometry.

  • School of Public and Environmental Affairs

    The School of Public and Environmental Affairs recognizes outstanding academic achievement by awarding bachelor’s degrees with three levels of distinction: 4.00–3.90 for Highest Distinction, 3.89–3.70 for High Distinction, and 3.69–3.50 for Distinction.

  • School of Public Health

    The tentative honors list is composed of students who have completed a minimum of 60 GPA credit hours at Indiana University with the following grade point averages: with Highest Distinction, 3.90; with High Distinction, 3.75; with Distinction, 3.50.

  • School of Social Work

    The tentative honors list is composed of seniors who are in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class and whose grade point averages at the end of the first semester of 2016–2017 are: 3.95 or above with Highest Distinction; 3.85 to 3.94 with High Distinction; 3.84 and below with Distinction.