The Latin Honors program recognizes academic excellence achieved over the duration of an entire undergraduate career. Unlike the Dean's List honor, which recognizes academic excellence achieved over the short term (one semester), eligibility for the three categories of Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) is based on the cumulative grade point average for all coursework at Duke.
The bachelor’s degree will be awarded summa cum laude to no more than the top 5% of the graduating class; it will be awarded magna cum laude to no more than the next 10% of the graduating class; and it will be awarded cum laude to no more than the next 10% of the graduating class. Latin honors cutoffs are based on the spring academic term for spring graduates, or the preceding spring academic term for summer and fall graduates (See Latin Honors GPA Cut-offs).
Students are encouraged to contact their academic dean for additional information.