The honors notation on the transcript is the University’s way to denote the highest level of academic achievement for its best students. To maintain this standard, no exceptions can be made to any honors policy.
Distinction in General Scholarship at Graduation
Honors for overall achievement at Berkeley are noted on the transcript and diploma as Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction (roughly equivalent to cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude).
To graduate with distinction, you must meet the GPA requirement and complete at least 50 units in residence at Berkeley (this may include UCB Extension XB or XBW units and up to 20 units from UCDC or EAP) of which 43 units must be letter graded (not including physical education activities courses).
General Scholarship levels for the academic year 2013-2014:
High Distinction: 3.839
Highest Distinction: 3.939
Honors in the Major
Each major program has an honors policy and program. Students may enroll in their major’s honors program provided they have the required GPA in courses in the major and the approval of the major department. Students participating in the honors program in their major may enroll in fewer than 13 units. Honors in the major is noted on the transcript and diploma as Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors. Visit your undergraduate major adviser (UMA) for details.
Honors to Date
An Honors to Date notation on the transcript indicates completion of at least 12 letter-graded units and a cumulative GPA equivalent to that required for Distinction in General Scholarship.
Dean's Honors List
The Dean’s Honors List recognizes outstanding academic achievement each fall and spring semester. Requirements include 13 or more letter-graded units, a semester GPA in the top 4% of L&S undergraduates (normally about 3.85 – 3.90), and no I, NR, or NP grades or courses for which no grades have been submitted. Prior to Spring 2013, the list is posted on the Letters and Science website and no official notation appears on the transcript. Beginning Spring 2013, after each term “Dean’s honors" is noted on the student's transcript automatically by the Registrar for students who meet the above criteria.
As of Spring 2014, the list is no longer posted on the Letters and Science website.