The Quarterly Dean's List includes the names of matriculated undergraduate students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree and have attained a quarterly GPA of 3.50 in the final grades for at least 12 graded credits. Appropriate entries regarding inclusion on the Dean's List are made on the student's permanent academic record.
A student is notified of his or her quarterly Dean's List standing with a Dean's Letter. As of Spring quarter 2009, Dean's Letters are distributed electronically. Recipients receive notification and download instructions via e-mail sent to their UW-provided e-mail address. (To comply with FERPA regulations, Dean's Letter notifications are not sent to non-UW e-mail addresses.) (More information on electronic Dean's Letters.)
Dean's Letters are generated once per quarter, a few weeks after grades are due for that quarter. Dean's Letters are only generated for students who meet the Dean's List criteria at that time. Dean's Letters are not issued or updated based on late changes to the academic record. Students wishing to download a Dean's Letter for the previous quarter may obtain a link to the Dean's Letter here.
A student's Dean's List status is always current on the permanent academic record. The Quarterly Dean's List on the Student Guide is updated weekly and lists those students included on the previous quarter's Dean's List.
The Annual Dean's List high-scholarship award is recorded on the academic transcript of matriculated undergraduate students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree and have achieved a quarterly GPA of 3.50 in 12 or more numerically graded credits each quarter for three quarters of the academic year (summer through spring).
Students enrolled for four quarters of the academic year (summer through spring) must satisfy the conditions outlined above and attain a quarterly GPA of 3.50 or better in the fourth quarter, if enrolled for 10 or more credits.
Students who are on the annual Dean's List receive a certificate.
Baccalaureate honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude) are awarded only to recipients of a first baccalaureate degree. These honors are earned by those students who have completed no fewer than 90 residence credits at this institution. At least 60 of the 90 credits must have been acquired on a graded basis.
The University's Honors Committee determines annually the grade-point requirement for each baccalaureate honor at each campus, (Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma). In recent years, approximately ten percent of the students have been awarded baccalaureate honors. Distance Learning courses (those that include a DL prefix) are included in the UW cumulative GPA and therefore count toward baccalaureate honors.
In addition to the honors discussed above, students with distinguished academic records may participate in several University-wide honorary societies, described below, and specific college or school honorary societies. Information concerning specific college or school honorary societies appears in the respective sections of this catalog.
Additional information on honorary societies may be obtained from academic advisers and the respective campus representatives.