Graduating with Honors

The university offers three levels of honors at graduation: cum laude (with honors), magna cum laude (with high honors) and summa cum laude (with highest honors). Please note that:

  • Transfer credits and S-U option credits are excluded.
  • Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for honors recognition.
  • Honors recognition is printed on the university diploma.

To graduate with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude, a student must meet the requirements below and be recommended by the college faculty.

The student must have completed at least 45 semester hours of credit in residence at the university. Only the junior-senior-level GPA exclusive of internship will be considered.

Cum Laude: 

To graduate cum laude, a student must have earned a 3.40 or higher GPA for all coursework taken while classified as a junior/senior (excluding internship).

Magna or Summa Cum Laude:

Students in the College of HHP are eligible for magna cum laude or summa cum laude by earning a 3.70 or higher GPA for all coursework taken while classified as a junior/senior (excluding internship) and completing a senior paper or creative work. The student’s supervisory committee makes the recommendation for these distinctions based upon an evaluation of this work.

Guidelines for preparing an Honors Thesis:

  • Submission of an undergraduate thesis to request graduation with magna cum laude or summa cum laude must reflect a high caliber of work.
  • If you are looking for help writing your thesis, the Honors Program recommends the book: Conquering Your Undergraduate Thesis, by Nataly Kogan. This book offers helpful and practical advice from fellow students and recent graduates. Another excellent resource is How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper, by Charles Lipson.
  • Please have your adviser review your thesis and honors thesis submission form for organization, content, grammar and spelling before you submit it.
  • Your abstract should begin with a definitive statement of the problem or project treated by your thesis. The purpose, scope and limit of the thesis should be clearly delineated. Then, as concisely as possible, describe research methods and design, major findings, the significance of your work (if appropriate), and conclusions. The abstract should be 100-200 words.

Submitting an Honors Thesis:

  • Fill out and complete the Honors Thesis Submission Form with the thesis adviser’s approval. Attach the completed form to the thesis. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.
  • Submit your completed thesis to your department following the appropriate process (this will be department-specific).  Your thesis adviser and academic adviser will be able to assist you with this.
  • The final thesis, signed Thesis Submission Form, and Department memo indicating honors designation is due to the College Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs three days before the last day of classes.
  • Submit the following materials via email to the UF Library IR Coordinator:  (a) your completed and signed Honors Thesis Submission Form, (b) thesis files (note: file formats should conform to the acceptable formats list), (c) a signed Internet Distribution Permissions form for granting access (if this form is not received, the thesis will not be publicly available), and (d) for all copyrighted materials included in the thesis, a signed letter of permission to quote or reproduce copyrighted material.

To schedule an appointment with your adviser, please do so online.