Bachelor's Degree Honors

Honors at graduation for bachelor’s degrees are awarded on the basis of a student’s cumulative grade point average and are indicated on the transcript at the time the degree is awarded. The GPA used for the award of honors is truncated (not rounded) at the hundreths.

Students who complete at least 68 credits at Bethel receive honors based on the following cumulative GPA criteria:

Summa Cum Laude 3.90
Magna Cum Laude 3.75
Cum Laude 3.60

Transfer students who complete fewer than 68 credits at Bethel receive honors based on the following cumulative GPA criteria:

Summa Cum Laude 3.92
Magna Cum Laude 3.80
Cum Laude 3.68

For commencement ceremonies, decisions concerning honors cords and honors annotations in the program are based on the GPA at the end of Interim for May commencement ceremonies and on the GPA at the end of the previous Summer term for December commencement ceremonies.

Dean's List Honors 

Students receive Dean’s List honors for each semester in which they earn at least 12 semester credit hours that carry grades used in the calculation of the grade point average, (GPA) and earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or better. The Dean’s List is final as of 10 days after the last day of final examinations. Students completing work after this date do not become eligible.

The Pietas Honors Program is designed to encourage and serve students desiring a challenging academic program that pursues Bethel’s long-standing commitment to the integration of faith and learning. See the Pietas Honors section of this catalog for specifics on this program. Students do not need to participate in the Pietas Honors Program to receive honors status  at graduation.