Academic Honors and Recognition

In determining a student's eligibility for academic recognition and honors, only grades earned in Duke courses, including those earned in Duke Study Abroad programs and in courses covered by the interinstitutional agreement are considered. See the Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

To learn more about these honors and their recipients, see Honors in Trinity College.

Individual class rankings for undergraduate students were last calculated for Fall 2013. Beginning with the Spring 2014 term class rank percentiles have been calculated by term and made available here. Class rank percentiles are derived by calculating the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of students and comparing them with students sharing the same class standing. The maximum cumulative grade point average is 4.000. Class is defined by those students sharing the same or approximate expected date of graduation. Class for each term is specifically identified beneath the class rank percentile chart for each term.

To find your class rank percentile follow the following steps:

  1. Identify your cumulative GPA in DukeHub.
  2. Determine your "class" as defined under the selected term chart. 
  3. In Pratt or Trinity, as appropriate, find your cumulative GPA within the distribution groupings and review the corresponding percentile.

Example using the chart below (Spring 2018): If you are a Pratt junior with a cumulative GPA of 3.878, you fall within the Top 15% class rank percentile.

The most recently calculated undergraduate class rank percentiles are listed below. Class rank percentiles for previous terms can be found here when available.

Class Rank Percentiles for Spring 2018

     First-Year  Sophomore  Junior  Senior
      Min. Cum. GPA   Min. Cum. GPA   Min. Cum. GPA   Min. Cum. GPA
 Pratt  Top 5% 3.964 - 4.000 3.975 - 4.000 3.960 - 4.000 3.958 - 4.000
   Top 10% 3.925 - 4.000 3.905 - 4.000 3.927 - 4.000 3.928 - 4.000
   Top 15% 3.875 - 4.000 3.852 - 4.000 3.857 - 4.000 3.874 - 4.000
   Top 25% 3.755 - 4.000 3.753 - 4.000 3.719 - 4.000 3.787 - 4.000
           
           
 Trinity   Top 5% 4.000 - 4.000 3.966 - 4.000 3.957 - 4.000 3.951 - 4.000
    Top 10% 3.957 - 4.000 3.918 - 4.000 3.917 - 4.000 3.913 - 4.000
    Top 15% 3.912 - 4.000 3.888 - 4.000 3.884 - 4.000 3.874 - 4.000
    Top 25% 3.837 - 4.000 3.825 - 4.000 3.800 - 4.000 3.818 - 4.000
           
 First-Year defined: Graduating in Summer 2020 and beyond
 Sophomore defined:  Graduating in Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020
 Junior defined:  Graduating in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019
 Senior defined:  Graduating in Spring 2018

Class Rank Percentiles Archives

Dean's List accords recognition to academic excellence achieved during each semester with varied requirements to be eligible for this honor.

In Trinity College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates must earn a grade point average placing them in the highest third of undergraduates in their respective class and in addition must

  1. complete at least four course credits, including at most two academic half courses (excluding dance performance/technique, physical education activity, music activity, and house courses) for a regularly assigned grade (i.e., no satisfactory/unsatisfactory courses)
  2. receive no incomplete or failing grades.

Undergraduates who in addition earn semester grade point averages that place them in the highest ten percent of undergraduates in their respective college will receive the Dean's List with Distinction honor, while the remainder of those placing in the highest one third will receive the Dean's List honor as noted below.

 In the Pratt School of Engineering, undergraduates must

  1. earn a grade point average placing them in the highest one third of their class
  2. carry a normal academic load
  3. earn grades other than S in at least four semester courses
  4. receive no incomplete or failing grades.

Pratt undergraduates who in addition earn grade point averages that place them in the highest ten percent of their class also will receive the Dean's List with Distinction honor, while the remainder of those placing in the highest one third will receive the Dean's List honor as noted below.

Dean's List
Semester   Trinity   Pratt 1st Year   Pratt 2nd Year   Pratt 3rd Year   Pratt 4th Year
Spring 2018   3.850   3.675   3.775   3.825   3.925
DEAN'S LIST WITH DISTINCTION
Semester   Trinity   Pratt 1st Year   Pratt 2nd Year   Pratt 3rd Year   Pratt 4th Year
Spring 2018   4.000   4.000   4.000   4.000   4.000

 *Previous semesters

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. The numbers for the 2016-17 Graduates below will be used as the Latin Honors cutoffs for students graduating in 2017-18.

    Summa Cum Laude   Magna Cum Laude   Cum Laude
2017-2018 Graduates
Pratt Graduates   3.950   3.855   3.772
Trinity Graduates   3.946   3.862   3.786
Latin Honors Archives