Academic Honors and Awards

A student who receives the following cumulative grade point average computed in the prior session preceding completion of the degree requirements will be recognized at graduation: 3.60 cum laude; 3.75 magna cum laude; 3.90 summa cum laude. The final cumulative GPA and corresponding honors are recorded on the student’s permanent record. Other academic honors awarded to ACCELERATED students include:


Dean’s List 

Students are recognized on the ACCELERATED Degree Program Dean’s List when they have earned twenty-four semester credits and attained a GPA of 3.60 or better during the Fall 1 through Summer 2 sessions. The ACCELERATED Degree Programs Dean’s List is published every September for the previous academic year.


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society 

In 1987, Chestnut Hill College was given approval to establish a chapter (Epsilon Sigma) of Alpha Sigma Lambda. This National Honor Society, founded in 1946, recognizes adult students (24 years of age or older) in higher education who have achieved academic excellence and leadership while fulfilling the many responsibilities of family, work and community service. Potential inductees must be matriculated at Chestnut Hill College and have a minimum of thirty graded semester credits, fifteen of which must be in the liberal arts and outside the student’s major. Members shall be selected only from the highest ten percent of the adult population and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60 on a 4.00 scale.


Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society 

This is the national scholastic honor society for graduating students of Catholic colleges and universities. Delta Epsilon Sigma established its Chestnut Hill College chapter, Alpha Upsilon, in 1941. Eligibility for election to membership is limited to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.60.


Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society 

Kappa Gamma Pi is the national Catholic college graduate honor society. Membership, which is limited to no more than 10 percent of the graduating class, is based on scholarship, leadership, and service. Members are selected in recognition of past accomplishments and also in anticipation of future service.


Sigma Beta Delta 

Sigma Beta Delta, the national honor society that encourages and recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management, and administration, established its chapter at Chestnut Hill College in 2006. Eligibility for election to membership is limited to those students who rank in the upper 20 percent of their class and have achieved an overall GPA of 3.50 at the time of invitation to membership following completion of at least one-half of the degree program in which they are enrolled. Transfer students who meet the qualifications for membership may be inducted after they have completed a minimum of 12 credits in the ACCELERATED Degree Program