University Honors

A. Academic Recognition

An undergraduate student whose grade-point average (GPA) for a semester is 3.5 through 3.69 will be placed on the Dean's List. An undergraduate student whose grade point average for a semester is 3.70 through 4.0 will be placed on the President's List. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more academic credits to be eligible for the above lists and courses in which the department has predetermined as Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grading option will count in the 12 credits.

B. Graduation Honors

The academic achievements of graduating seniors are formally recognized at the public Commencement Exercises, appear in published lists of graduates, and are recorded on transcripts. Only Gonzaga University credits are used in computing graduation honors.

Students who have earned sixty-four (sixty for Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Gonzaga University credits are graduated Cum Laude with a cumulative grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.69, Magna Cum Laude between 3.70 and 3.89, Summa Cum Laude of 3.90 or higher.

Students who have earned at least forty-eight, but less than sixty-four, Gonzaga University credits are graduated With Distinction if the cumulative grade-point average is 3.50 or higher.

C. University Honor Societies

Alpha Sigma Nu: (Established at Gonzaga University April 1939) The national Jesuit honor society for third-year and fourth-year men and women students of outstanding academic achievement, service, and loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education.

Phi Alpha Theta: (Established at Gonzaga University July 1968) Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society in history, whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  Since the foundation of the Xi-Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at Gonzaga University, dozens of Gonzaga's top students in history have joined the 275,000 members in 820 active chapters across the US.

Omicron Delta Epsilon: (Established at Gonzaga University October 1977) Omicron Delta Epsilon is the international honor society in economics.

Theta Alpha Kappa: (Established at Gonzaga University November 1983) Theta Alpha Kappa is the national honor society for religious studies.  It was founded in 1976 for the purposes of honoring particularly excellent undergraduate students in the fields of theological and/or religious studies.

Sigma Theta Tau: (Established at Gonzaga University August 1987) Sigma Theta Tau International is one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world.  As nursing's only honor society, it provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people.  It supports the learning and professional development of its members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.

Psi Chi: (Established at Gonzaga University September 1992) Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.

Tau Beta Pi: (Established at Gonzaga University February 1995) The national honor society for undergraduate engineering (all disciplines) majors of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

Alpha Sigma Lambda:  (Established at Gonzaga University March 1995) Alpha Sigma Lambda is an honor society established nationally in the mid 1940's that recognizes nontraditional students continuing their higher education.  Members are selected from the top ten percent of the class.  ASL is not only the oldest, but the largest chapter-based honor society for full and part-time adult students.

Beta Alpha Psi: (Established at Gonzaga University April 1997)  The national honorary professional accounting fraternity for third and fourth-year accounting majors of outstanding academic achievement with at least a 3.00 GPA in accounting courses and their cumulative GPA.

Phi Sigma Tau:  (Established at Gonzaga University 1998)  Phi Sigma Tau is the national honor society in philosophy founded in 1930 which recognizes philosophy students for their academic achievement.  Now an international honor society, it is open to all Gonzaga students who have completed a minimum of twelve philosophy credits and have met particular grade requirements.

Beta Gamma Sigma:  (Established at Gonzaga University 1999) The national business honor society.  Membership is for the top 7% of the third-year class, the top 10% of the fourth-year class, and the top 20% of the Master of Business Administration class.

Lambda Pi Eta:  (Established at Gonzaga University 2000) The national communication honor society for outstanding students in any of the communication arts.  Membership in Iota Rho, our local chapter, is limited to third and fourth-year students who have achieved high academic achievement, leadership,a nd service, and demonstrated a commitment to the discipline of communication.

Kappa Delta Pi:  (Established at Gonzaga October 2003) The national education honor society where membership is limited to third and fourth-year students enrolled in one of the phases of the education program of the School of Education.  Membership is based on academic and professional abilities.

Pi Sigma Alpha:  (Established at Gonzaga University March 2004) Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for students majoring in political science at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Gonzaga's chapter, Alpha Beta Xi is open to students in the junior and senior year.  Membership is attained through academic achievement at the highest level in both discipline and in overall academic work.

Sigma Tau Delta:  (Established at Gonzaga University October 2006) Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society.  A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.  With over 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean, and he United States, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually.  Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies.

Multi-Cultural Honor Society:  (Established at Gonzaga University November 2008) The purpose of the Multi-Cultural Honor Society (MCHS) is to honor gonzaga students of multi-cultural background who distinguish themselves in scholarship, leadership, and service in their intellectual, civic, social, professional and career development pursuits.  The MCHS acknowledges, awards and inspires a select group of students who distinguish themselves with respect to these principles both in the Gonzaga community  and outside of it.  The mission of the MCHS is to understand appreciate and promote the ideals of a well-rounded education by fostering scholastic achievements, leadership involvement, and service to others.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon:  (Established at Gonzaga University 2010) Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the international Honor Society for the computing and information sciences.  The mission of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to recognize academic excellence in computer science and engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is endorsed byt he Association for computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society.

Nu Delta Alpha:  (Established at Gonzaga University 2013) The national Dance Honor Society recognizes and honors students of outstanding artistic and academic achievement for those minoring in the art of dance.  Membership is limited to third and fourth-yea dance minors who have maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher in the academic dance studies and who demonstrate a commitment to the discipline of dance.

D. University Academic Awards

Each spring the faculties of the University meet in convocation to recognize the academic achievements of individual members of the University community. Among others, these awards include:

The Alumni Association Award: The gift of the Gonzaga Alumni Association to a member of the graduating class who has shown excellence in his or her field of study and involvement in University and student life, and who has created an impact on the community of Spokane.

The William A. Garrigan, S.J., Award: The gift of the University in memory of Father Garrigan to the member of the graduating class who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average for four years of undergraduate work at Gonzaga.

The Carl J. Lindberg Loyalty Award: The gift of Judge William Lindberg, class of 1934, awarded to a graduating fourth year male in good standing who is judged by a committee of faculty and students to be conspicuous for loyalty and service to the University.

The Philomathea Award: The gift of the Philomathea Club awarded to a graduating fourth year female in good standing who is judged by a committee of faculty and students to be conspicuous for loyalty and service to the University.

Fourth Year, Third Year, Second Year, and First Year Awards: Each one of the First Year, Second Year, Third Year, and Fourth Year awards will be granted to the undergraduate student who had the highest GPA calculated for the fall and spring semesters, and was enrolled for 30 more academic credits in the academic year. If there is a tie, the award will be granted to the student who earned the highest (total) cumulative GPA. Only Gonzaga grades are considered in the GPA. Courses predetermined or mandated by academic departments as Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grading only will be counted in the 30 credits.