Graduation with University Honors
To be eligible to graduate with University honors, an undergraduate must have completed at least sixty semester hours at the University of Texas at Austin. Graduation with University honors is based on the average of all grades earned in courses taken in residence at the University, whether the courses were passed, failed, or repeated. Courses taken pass/fail are counted in the sixty-hour minimum, but only letter grades (including Fs in pass/fail courses) are used to determine the grade point average.
The faculty of each college or school determines the percentage of the graduating class of that division to receive honors, high honors, and highest honors and the minimum grade point average for each category, subject to the following requirements:
- No more than 20 percent of the May graduating class of each college or school may receive honors, high honors, and highest honors. No more than 10 percent of the class may receive high honors and highest honors. No more than 4 percent may receive highest honors.
- Honors graduates must have a grade point average of at least 3.30 in courses taken in residence at the University.
The faculty may adopt college- or school-wide standards or may designate grade point average and percentage requirements for each program within the college or school, but the percentage of the college or school class receiving honors, high honors, and highest honors may not exceed those above.
Percentage requirements are not applied to August and December graduating classes. The grade point averages established for May graduates are applied to the following August and December classes to determine honors, high honors, and highest honors.
|Honors||High Honors||Highest Honors|
|College or School||Rank||Min. GPA||Rank||Min. GPA||Rank||Min. GPA|
|School of Architecture||top 20%||3.30||top 10%||3.30||top 4%||3.30|
|McCombs School of Business||top 20%||3.50||top 10%||3.65||top 4%||3.80|
|College of Communication||top 20%||3.465||top 10%||3.665||top 4%||3.865|
|College of Education||top 20%||3.50||top 10%||3.65||top 4%||3.80|
|Cockrell School of Engineering||top 20%||3.50||top 10%||3.70||top 4%||3.85|
|College of Fine Arts||top 20%||3.30||top 10%||3.60||top 4%||3.85|
|Jackson School of Geosciences||top 20%||3.30||top 10%||3.667||top 4%||3.867|
|College of Liberal Arts||top 20%||3.30||top 10%||3.667||top 4%||3.867|
|College of Natural Sciences||top 20%||3.30||top 10%||3.667||top 4%||3.867|
|School of Nursing||top 20%||3.30||top 10%||3.30||top 4%||3.30|
|College of Pharmacy||top 20%||3.30||top 10%||3.30||top 4%||3.30|
|School of Social Work||top 20%||3.30||top 10%||3.30||top 4%||3.30|
Each grade point average listed is the minimum required for graduation with honors, high honors, or highest honors. Because only a certain percentage of the class may receive honors, the average required for each category may be higher.
In the McCombs School of Business, the College of Communication, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the College of Fine Arts, a student must have completed at least sixty semester hours of coursework in residence at the University to graduate with University honors.
In the Cockrell School, a student may receive only one bachelor’s degree with University honors.
In the College of Fine Arts, to graduate with University honors, a student must rank in the indicated percent of students graduating that semester from his or her academic unit (art and art history, music, or theatre and dance) and must have no outstanding delay of grade (symbol X). A student may receive only one bachelor’s degree with University honors from the College of Fine Arts.