Graduate with Honors

To graduate with honors, you must earn a specified GPA in ALL THREE of the following areas: 1) overall UF GPA, 2) business core GPA, and 3) major or area of specialization GPA (see table). In addition, students who wish to graduate magna and summa cum laude must write an honors thesis (see below for thesis guidelines). Tip: Your honors thesis can also serve as a University Scholars Program research project!

Business Majors with 2003 or Later Catalog Year

Honors Designation GPA Requirements
Cum Laude (Honors) 3.5 UF, Core, and Major GPAs
Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) 3.7 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis
Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) 3.9 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis

Business Majors with 2002 or Earlier Catalog Year

Honors Designation GPA Requirements
Cum Laude (Honors) 3.2 UF, Core, and Major GPAs
Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) 3.6 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis
Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) 3.8 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis

Magna and Summa Cum Laude Honors Thesis Guidelines

General expectations for the honors thesis, and information on how to choose a topic and find a faculty advisor, can be found on the following links:

Frequently Asked Questions

Dean's List Requirements

How do I make the Dean's List?

To make the Dean's List in the fall or spring semester, business majors must complete 12-14 hours (no S-U courses) with a 3.70+ GPA or 15 hours (no S-U courses) with a 3.5+ GPA.

Honors Requirements

What kinds of grades do I need to graduate with honors?

If your Catalog Year is 2003 or later, you must earn a 3.5 UF, core, and major or area of specialization GPA to graduate cum laude; a 3.7+ UF, core, and major or area of specialization GPA to graduate magna cum laude; and a 3.9+ UF, core, and major or area of specialization GPA to graduate summa cum laude. You must also complete an honors thesis to earn the magna or summa cum laude designation.

Do I have to write a thesis to graduate with honors?

To graduate cum laude, you do not have to write an honors thesis. To graduate magna or summa cum laude, you must complete an honors thesis.

What's involved in completing an honors thesis?

To complete an honors thesis, you must find a professor who will oversee your work, register for a one credit honors thesis course, and then complete an honors thesis/research paper by the end of the term in which you will graduate. Each business major has its own specific set of honors thesis requirements.

Why should I complete an honors thesis?

Completing an honors thesis will allow you to gain in depth knowledge of your field and develop a relationship with a professor who can write a valuable letter of recommendation for you. You will also have the words magna or summa cum laude on your diploma (and resume). Finally, if you are selected to participate in the University Scholars Program (USP) you can use the required research paper for USP to fulfill your honors thesis requirement and you will receive a $1,750 award.

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Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
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