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Does UVA has special award for graduate at 4.0 GPA?

gwood333gwood333 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
edited May 2012 in University of Virginia
This is for undergraduate student.
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Replies to: Does UVA has special award for graduate at 4.0 GPA?

  • Knights09Knights09 Posts: 1,739Registered User Senior Member
    Graduation Honors: Undergraduate students are eligible to receive their degree with honors or distinction:

    School of Architecture: Degrees are conferred "with honors" on students graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.600 or higher; "with high honors" for a 3.750 or higher; or "with highest honors" for a GPA of 3.900 or greater.

    College of Arts and Sciences: Graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.600 or higher receive their degrees "with distinction". Students who complete a Distinguished Majors Program with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.400 are eligible to receive their degrees without distinction, "with distinction", "with high distinction", or "with highest distinction" based on the recommendation of their thesis committee. Students who complete the Honors program in Philosophy or Government with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.400 are eligible to receive their degrees without honors, "with honors", "with high honors", or "with highest honors" based on the recommendation of their department.

    McIntire School of Commerce: Diplomas inscribed with “distinction” are awarded to undergraduate Commerce students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher based on all graded coursework completed while enrolled in the school.

    Curry School of Education: Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.600 or higher receive their degrees "with honors", with a GPA of 3.750 or higher receive their degrees "with high honors", and with a GPA of 3.900 or higher receive their degrees "with highest honors".

    School of Engineering and Applied Science: Degrees are conferred "with distinction" for students who graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.400, "with high distinction" for a cumulative GPA of at least 3.600, or "with highest distinction" for a cumulative GPA of at least 3.800.

    School of Nursing: Students graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.750 or higher receive their degrees "with distinction". Graduates in the Distinguished Majors Program receive degrees "with distinction" for a cumulative GPA of 3.400 or higher, or "with highest distinction" for a cumulative GPA of 3.750 or higher.

    You'd probably be eligible for PBK if you're in the College, or Beta Gamma Sigma (COMM), or Tau Beta Phi (E-School).
  • fiftyplusfiftyplus Posts: 140Registered User Junior Member
    One of the issues with that scheme is that if, in the College, you need to write a thesis to get the highest honors, that undermines any paid research work being done with faculty. Even if you have a published paper done with the professor(s), that doesn't count. You'd have to stop work on that and/or come up with another project in order to have a separate thesis. So you could be a top student with a research program as an undergraduate and be limited to "with distinction".
  • 110percentwahoo110percentwahoo Posts: 240Registered User Junior Member
    Does anyone get a 4.0 at UVA lol? Even the smartest people I know at UVA don't have 4.0s...they all got an A- or lower somewhere.

    Anyway, the college thing is rough, but it's whatever. You don't go to college to accrue honor after honor, you go to get a degree that you can get a job with. I'm fine with just getting "with distinction" for my 3.6+. The people who need to know what I really had GPA-wise will see it on my transcript.
  • fiftyplusfiftyplus Posts: 140Registered User Junior Member
    I agree. The various honors labels are secondary compared to the transcript and resume, such as research work, perhaps a publication, fruitful summer work, strong recs, etc. Those are all more important for (say) getting into a top grad school program than the honors label, even more so when the grad school acceptances will have happened before graduation and final honors decision.

    I mentioned on the Phi Beta Kappa thread that a family member has a 4.0 after three years and apparently didn't qualify for PBK. As with formal honors, PBK is secondary to an impressive resume and all that.
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