The University of Memphis recognizes outstanding academic performance in a variety
of ways. In addition to those listed below, there are other honors and awards listed
in the descriptions of the various honors programs.
The Dean's List
The Dean's List is composed of those students who have 12 or more earned hours in
the fall or spring semesters with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for that semester.
Graduation With Distinction
Students who intend to achieve Graduation with Distinction must do the following:
- Fulfill all graduation requirements at the University of Memphis.
- Complete a minimum of forty-two (42) semester hours at the University of Memphis by
the time of graduation.
- Earn the following overall* grade point average to achieve the listed designations:
||Magna Cum Laude
||Summa Cum Laude
*Until Summer 2015, the overall GPA will reflect all college-level coursework—U of
M and transfer. Beginning Summer 2015, the overall GPA will reflect all college-level
work—U of M and any transfer coursework processed prior to Summer 2015; however, the overall GPA will reflect ONLY U OF M coursework for
those students whose transfer credit is processed Summer 2015 and later.
The actual conferral of Graduation with Distinction cannot be made until the student's
final overall GPA at the University of Memphis has been certified by the College/School.
Transitional Academic Studies courses (DSP) are not considered in calculating eligibility
for Graduation with Distinction. College level courses used to satisfy high school
deficiencies will be considered in the computations to determine eligibility for Graduation
NOTE: Beginning Summer 2015, a Tennessee Board of Regents’ state-wide policy on transfer
credit and GPA calculations takes effect. Beginning Summer 2015, transfer credit
will be reflected in earned hours, but will no longer apply to the overall GPA (used
to determine undergraduate graduation, graduation with distinction, and athletic eligibility)
or to the overall combined GPA (used to determine academic standing, financial aid,
and scholarship eligibility, except for HOPE):
- For New Transfer students admitted Summer 2015 and later, no transfer credit will
count in the overall or the overall combined GPA.
- For Readmitted students readmitted Summer 2015 and later, no transfer credit taken
since last attending the U of M will count in the overall or the overall combined
GPA. Any transfer work previously processed will continue to be reflected in the
- For Continuing students, no transfer credit submitted to and received by the U of
M Summer 2015 or later will count in the overall or the overall combined GPA. Any
transfer work previously processed will continue to be reflected in the GPAs.