Recognition for Academic Achievement

The University and the College recognize academic achievement every semester and at the time of graduation.

Dean's List

CLAS degree candidates who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher in 12 semester hours or more of UI graded coursework during a semester (or summer session) and who have no “I” marks (incompletes) or “O” marks (no grade reported) on their records for that enrollment are recognized by inclusion on the Dean's List for that semester (or session). The Dean’s List is reported in a University of Iowa News Release at the end of every semester for students who have not restricted release of information to the public.

President's List

University of Iowa undergraduates who achieve a grade point average of 4.00 in 12 semester hours or more of UI graded coursework and who have no “I” marks (incompletes) or “O” marks (no grade reported) on their records for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer session) are recognized by inclusion on the President's List. The President’s List is reported in a University of Iowa News Release at the end of every semester for students who have not restricted release of information to the public.

Graduation with Distinction

The college awards degrees "with highest distinction" to students in the highest 2 percent of their graduating class, "with high distinction" to students in the next highest 3 percent, and "with distinction" to the next highest 5 percent. Ranking is based on students' grade point averages for both University of Iowa course work and all college level study undertaken before the final registration.

To be eligible for graduation with distinction, students must complete a minimum of 60 s.h. in residence in CLAS, of which at least 45 s.h. must have been completed before the student's final registration. The Registrar confirms with the Dean of the College the names of students eligible to graduate with distinction.

Graduation with Honors in the Major

Each department establishes requirements for graduation with honors. Successful completion of these requirements results in a baccalaureate degree "with honors" in the major.