University Honors

Academic Recognition

An undergraduate student whose grade-point average for a semester is 3.50 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 4.00 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 with the Satisfactory/Non Satisfactory (S/NS) grading option will count in the 12 credits. 

Graduation Honors

The academic achievements of graduating students at the baccalaureate level 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.  To calculate a student's achieved honors designation, grade point averages are truncated two decimal spaces and are not rounded up. 

Students who have earned 64 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. For recognition purposes at Commencement, eligibility for these honors is determined based on the cumulative GPA as of the end of the fall semester.

Students who have earned at least 48, but less than 64, Gonzaga University credits are graduated 'With Distinction' if the cumulative grade-point average is 3.50 or higher.

University Leadership Programs

Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program: The Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is a four-year undergraduate concentration founded on the Jesuit educational philosophy of educating the whole person. Its purpose is to prepare students to create new ventures that make a positive difference in society. This student-centered program is designed for promising individuals from any major who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, creativity, and a commitment to serve others.

Comprehensive Leadership Program: The Comprehensive Leadership Program at Gonzaga University is a formal, for-credit academic leadership program intended to complement students’ academic goals through theoretical study, and experiential learning. The program was inaugurated in an effort to fulfill the University mission of creating leaders, in a variety of fields, dedicated to the common good. Through their four year program, students participate in a number of leadership development experiences and represent academic majors from every college. Students are involved in every aspect of student life as they hold formal student government positions, oversee various clubs and groups, and organize a variety of community outreach projects.

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 3.00 GPA in accounting courses and their 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.

Eta Sigma Phi: Established in 1914, Eta Sigma Phi is the National Classics Honorary Society. The Theta Xi Chapter of Gonzaga University was founded in April, 2007. The purposes of Eta Sigma Phi are to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities, to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, and to stimulate interest in classical study and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. 182 chapters of Eta Sigma Phi are located throughout the United States. Members have each completed at least one semester of Latin or Greek language.

Kappa Delta Pi: The national education honor society where 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 Iota Rho, our local chapter, is limited to third and fourth year students who have achieved high academic achievement, leadership, and service, with a demonstrated commitment to the discipline of communication.

Multi-Cultural Honor Society: The purpose of the Multi-Cultural Honor Society (MCHS) is to honor Gonzaga students of multicultural backgrounds 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. The organization was established on Gonzaga’s campus in November of 2008.

Omicron Delta Epsilon: This organization is the international honor society in economics.

Phi Alpha Theta: 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 U.S.

Phi Sigma Tau: 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.

Pi Sigma Alpha: 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.

Psi Chi: The national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.

Sigma Tau Delta: 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 the United States, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annual. Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies.

Sigma Theta Tau: This organization 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.

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. It was founded in 1976 for the purposes of honoring particularly excellent undergraduate students in the fields of theological and/or religious studies.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon: 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 by the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society.  

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 that 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 who 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/Non-Satisfactory (S/NS) grading only will be counted in the 30 credits.