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 Lambda: The national honor society devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of non-traditional students continuing their higher education. Membership is based on the top 10% of non-traditional students who have taken at least 30 credits at Gonzaga University.

Alpha Sigma Nu: 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.

Beta Alpha Psi: The national honorary and professional accounting fraternity for third year and fourth year accounting majors of outstanding academic achievement. Membership is open to students with at least a 3.0 GPA in accounting courses and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Beta Gamma Sigma: 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.

Kappa Delta Pi: The national education honor society. Membership is limited to Third Year and Fourth Year students enrolled in one of the phases of the education program of the School of Education, and is based on academic and professional abilities.

Lambda Pi Eta: The National Communication Honor Society for outstanding students in any of the Communication Arts. Membership in lota Rho, our local chapter, is limited to Third and Fourth Year students who have achieved high academic achievement, leadership and service and demonstrated a commitment to the discipline of communication

Phi Alpha Theta: An international honor society in history for outstanding students in any historical major.

Sigma Theta Tau: The international honor society for nursing majors demonstrating superior achievement, leadership, and scholarship.

Tau Beta Pi: The national honor society for undergraduate engineering (all disciplines) majors of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.
Theta Alpha Kappa: The national honor society for religious studies majors of outstanding academic achievement and commitment to publishing and service to the University.

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.