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Academic Honors

At the end of each semester, undergraduate students with outstanding academic records are recognized by being named to the Dean's List. Students are eligible for the Dean's List if, in that semester, they have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.850 or higher based on the following criteria:

  1. Students must have completed 12 or more units in courses with grades that count toward the grade point average (GPA). Courses graded A through F count toward the GPA.Courses graded with N, NR, W, or P (pass) do not count toward the GPA, and therefore do not count toward the 12 unit minimum required for the Dean’s List.
  2. Students who have a grade of Incomplete (I), *with one exception as indicated below, or No Record (NR) at the time the calculation is made are not eligible for the Dean’s List in that semester.
  3. Students on disciplinary sanction are not eligible for the Dean’s List.

*EXCEPTION: An incomplete grade in COLLQ-UG "Colloquium" will not exclude a student from eligibility for the Dean's List.


Latin Honors 

As a Commencement honor, top-ranking Baccalaureate candidates and graduates are named University Honors Scholars, earning them the NYU Founders’ Day Award. Recipients receive a gold tassel that they can wear during Commencement, as well as a personalized certificate. Baccalaureate candidates and graduates earn the award by obtaining a specific GPA (placing them within the top 40 percent of their school’s graduating class).

For more information on Founders' Day Awards, see the website of the Office of the Registrar.  


Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, which celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Invitation to Phi Beta Kappa is a reflection of outstanding academic achievement. Members of Phi Beta Kappa are a select group: only 10 percent of the country’s colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and only about 10 percent of graduates are invited to be Phi Beta Kappa members.

Gallatin students who are committed to a broad liberal arts education and wish to be considered for Phi Beta Kappa should aspire to meet the criteria for nomination, which include extremely strong academic performance in at least one semester of college math, two semesters of college science (with a lab component), and foreign language proficiency (through the Intermediate II level).

Recent inductees include:

  • 2022: Sara Fuchs, Chandani Nash, Hannah Young
  • 2021: Katherine Yusko, Samantha Cheng, Rachel Finkelstein, Clara Luce, Gabriel Herrera, Boaz Wu, Kayla Merriweather
  • 2020: Alexia Leclercq, Daniel Tan
  • 2019: Lexi Riesenberg, Teresa Wang
  • 2018: Grace McGuan, Zoe Mesirow
  • 2017: Hannah Baek, Nicole Guillery, Daniel McElroy, and Ruben Zaccaroni
  • 2016: Noah Baustin, Mary Donnellon, and Zachary Schwarzbaum
  • 2015: Omar Alsayyed, Grace Chen, Sam Davis, Ari Holtzman, Deanna Meyer, and Marc Simon
  • 2014: James Kelleher, Caroline Kelley, Christina Sandman, and Nihar Shah
  • 2013: Paolina Lu
  • 2012: Sarah E. Hayes
  • 2011: Maria Barnewitz, Albert Gea, Ian Kessler, Eliana Mastrangelo, and Mary Smith