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Whats the difference between Cumlaude and Magna Cumlaude?

itsrenitsren Posts: 166Registered User Junior Member
edited May 2008 in Prep School Admissions
I went to a commencement today and they were naming some people cumlaude (most of them) then some of them were Magna Cumlaude and others were just nothing... anyone know the difference?
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Replies to: Whats the difference between Cumlaude and Magna Cumlaude?

  • paleozoicpaleozoic Posts: 381Registered User Member
    A "cum laude" is an academic distinction. Back in paleozoic times when I was young , most people graduated from university with a "pass' degree which signified that they had been physically present for three years and had managed to stay out of jail. People who had done some serious academic work (about 20-30%) would get an "honours" degree. If you did outstanding work say 75% or more, you would get a designation "cum laude" ( with praise ): if you got 80% you would get a Magna cum laude (with great praise). And if you got a 90 you would get a "summa cum laude" (with highest praise).
    Almost nobody in may day got magna or summa at a Canadian or British University. ( If you got a 75% average you were head and shoulders above the average), an 80% average was unheard of and a 90% was considered out of this world.
  • neatoburritoneatoburrito Posts: 3,021Registered User Senior Member
    I've heard some prep schools are still like this. 90% + is considered truly superior work and is rarely given. Most receive C's (excellent work). Where did you go to university, Paleo?
  • tango14tango14 Posts: 1,578Registered User Senior Member
    When I was in college, summa cum laude was awarded for a 3.9 / 4 GPA, magnea cum laude more than 3.75 but less than 3.9, and sum laude more then 3.5.
  • collegeprofcollegeprof Posts: 82Registered User Junior Member
    It varies from school to school, but it's usually based on GPA. Where I teach, the cutoffs are the same as the one tango14 mentions (3.50 for cum laude, 3.75 for magna cum laude, and 3.90 for summa cum laude).
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