May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Awards and Honors


Northland College presents awards and honors to students in recognition of academic merit and achievement. Many of these accomplishments are announced at the Honors Day Convocation held the first week of April. Awards and honors are listed below.

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List is computed at the conclusion of the fall and winter semesters. Full-time students (students who complete 12 or more credits during each of the fall and winter sessions) with letter grades in at least 12 credits and who earn a 3.5 grade point average with no grade less than C and no incomplete grades earn this honor.

Academic Achievement Awards

Awards, such as the Elementary Education Program Award and Native American Studies Award for Academic Excellence, are awarded to seniors upon nomination by the program faculty members of the major. Eligibility for nomination is based on a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and significant contributions made to the major above and beyond academic contributions.

Several other awards are conferred upon students on the basis of academic merit.  Monetary awards often accompany these recognitions. In some cases, a check is presented at the Honors Day Convocation. In other instances, the award is applied to the following year’s tuition.

Graduating with Honors

To be eligible to graduate with honors, students must earn a minimum of 48 letter-graded credits at Northland. The minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree must be successfully fulfilled as stated in the student’s assigned program catalog. Students will graduate with honors if they have attained an overall grade point average of 3.50 or higher. Students who earn a cumulative grade point average from 3.50 to 3.69 will graduate Cum Laude (with honor); students who earn a grade point average from 3.70 to 3.89 will graduate Magna Cum Laude (with great honor); and students who earn a grade point average of 3.90 or higher will graduate Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor). For purposes of the commencement program, honors are determined at the end of the winter semester. For purposes of the final transcript, honors are determined at degree completion.

Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. These aims are summarized in the two Greek words “psyche”, meaning the mind and its enrichment, and “cheires”, meaning research and fellowship. Membership includes a number of benefits and opportunities, including research grants, awards, resources for success, and access to a global network of professionals in the discipline. Membership is open to alumni and current undergraduate students who major or minor in psychology and meet the Psi Chi qualifications of leadership and excellence in their studies.