College of Liberal Arts

Graduation with Honors

There are three ways to graduate with honors: to graduate with University honors, with Liberal Arts honors, and with departmental honors.

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 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 Rank: top 20%
High Honors Rank: top 10%
Highest Honors Rank: top 4%

Source: The University of Texas at Austin General Information Bulletin 2006-2007

*Note: The University of Texas at Austin does not use Latin terms (for example, Magna Cum Laude) on the diplomas or transcripts to recognize honors.

Honors Type

GPA cutoff in 2015

GPA cutoff in 2016

GPA cutoff in 2017

GPA cutoff in 2018

GPA cutoff in 2019

GPA cutoff in 2020


3.727 3.694 3.729 3.738 3.767 3.793

High Honors

3.848 3.843 3.851 3.862 3.885 3.897

Highest Honors

3.945 3.938 3.936 3.933 3.955 3.966

Liberal Arts Honors

Students who graduate with Honors in the College of Liberal Arts receive a special certificate signed by the Program Director and 'Liberal Arts Honors' will be noted on the student's transcript. A thesis *is not required* to graduate with Liberal Arts Honors. A thesis option is offered for certain students in special circumstances.

Students may graduate with both Liberal Arts Honors and Departmental Honors. Admission to the Liberal Arts Freshman Honors Program is not a prerequisite for College of Liberal Arts Honors.

For more information, please visit the Honors page.

Departmental Honors

The statement "Special Honors in (name of field)" appears on the transcript of each graduate certified as having completed the honors program.

For more information, please visit the Honors page.