In January, June and September the Academic Dean publishes the names of students who attained academic distinction the preceding term. Students with a grade point average of 3.5 with four graded courses (no pass/fail) and no incomplete grades at the close of the term achieve placement on the Dean's List. The records of students in designated IP (in progress) courses will be individually evaluated for honors. In order to be eligible for term honors, Graduate & Professional Program students must have been officially accepted into their degree program.
First-Year Student Honor Society
A local chapter of a first-year student honor society, to be incorporated with the National Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, was initiated in October 1991. Membership is open to all first-year traditional students who are registered for a full course of study leading to a bachelor's degree and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 at the end of their first year. Once initiated, the students become lifetime members of Alpha Lambda Delta.
The national/international student honor societies present on campus are:
- Beta Beta Beta - biology honor society
- Phi Alpha Theta - national honor society in history
- Psi Chi - psychology honor society
- Pi Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Latin Honors — cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude — are awarded at graduation to bachelor's degree candidates who have achieved high scholastic performance and have competed at least 64 credits at Emmanuel College. Latin Honors are awarded based on a percentage of the graduating class of Arts & Science students as listed below:
Latin Honors % of Graduates
- Summa cum laude: 4.5
- Magna cum laude: The next 9.5
- Cum laude: The next 15.0
Kappa Gamma Pi
Arts and Sciences students graduating from Emmanuel College who are within the top 10 percent of their class are eligible for Kappa Gamma Pi, the national honor society organized in 1927 for graduates of Catholic colleges in the United States.
Distinction in the Field of Concentration
Students who receive a grade point average of 3.5 in major courses and who fully complete a significant senior project, determined in consultation with the department, may graduate with distinction in the field of concentration.
Distinction in the Field of Individualized Majors
To receive distinction, a student completing an individualized major must earn a 3.5 average in all of the courses in the major program and complete a significant senior project, determined in consultation with the advisor. The project may be completed as part of a capstone course or culminating experience. The project must be approved for distinction by two faculty members representing different academic disciplines within the individualized major.
Transfer Student Honors
Transfer students' qualification for honors is based on the grade point average achieved at Emmanuel College.
Sister Marie Barry Scholars
In November 1988, Emmanuel College announced the establishment of the Sister Marie Barry Scholars. Sister Marie Barry was the President of Emmanuel College from 1969 to 1975 and she welcomed the first group of adult students to Emmanuel College in September of 1974. Nursing and Health Care Administration students who have completed two graded courses during a term with a grade point average of 3.5 or better (no pass/fail) and no grades of incomplete are honored with the title of Sister Marie Barry Scholar.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration students who have completed three graded courses (no pass/fail) during a term with a grade point average of 3.5 or better and no incomplete grades at the close of the term are honored with the title of BSBA Scholar. In order to be eligible, BSBA students must have been officially accepted into their degree program.