Latin Honors By Overall Academic Achievement accords recognition for 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) are based on the cumulative grade point average for all work at Duke.
Recipients are determined by the following procedure:
- The grade point average included within the highest five percent of the previous year's graduating class is used to specify the grade point average needed by those students of the current graduating class to be awarded the summa cum laude honor.
- The grade point average included within the next highest ten percent of the previous year's graduating class is used to determine the grade point average needed by those students who will graduate with the magna cum laude honor.
- Finally, the grade point average included within the next ten percent of the previous year's graduating class will be used to determine those students eligible for graduating with the cum laude honor.
Thus, about twenty-five percent of each graduating class will receive Latin Honors.
The Latin Honors grade point average cutoffs below pertain to the next year's graduating class. For example, the numbers for the 2020-21 Graduates below were used as the Latin Honors cutoffs for students graduating in 2021-22.
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*Note: Latin Honors beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year are calculated separately for Trinity and Pratt Schools.
**Note: Latin Honors for 2003-2004 were determined using cumulative grade point averages of the Spring 2004 graduating class as of the end of their Fall 2003 semester.
Cut-offs for the years 1997-2003 were based on averages of the preceding year's May graduates. From 1988-1997 cut-offs were established as follows: 3.90 - Summa Cum Laude, 3.70 - Magna Cum Laude, and 3.40 - Cum Laude. Please contact the Office of the University Registrar for information regarding earlier years.