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FAQ: Graduating with University Honors

This page provides answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about graduating with University Honors designation from The University of Texas at Austin. You will also find a three-year summary of GPA cutoffs for graduating with an honors designation from the McCombs School of Business. 

  • What are the University Honors GPA cutoffs for the past three years at McCombs?
     YEAR      Highest Honors  High Honors  Honors
     2012 4.0000 to 3.9530      3.9529 to 3.8806  3.8805 to 3.7948
     2011  4.0000 to 3.9630  3.9629 to 3.8923  3.8922 to 3.8021
     2010  4.0000 to 3.9690  3.9689 to 3.9301  3.9300 to 3.8450
  • Am I eligible to graduate with University Honors?

    To be eligible to graduate with university honors, an undergraduate must have completed at least six 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. (Information found in The University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2013 General Information catalog.)

  • Who determines the percentage of the graduating class to receive the three honors designations?

    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:

    1) 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.

    2) 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.

    (Information found in The University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2013 General Information catalog.)

  • Are these requirements also applied to August and December graduating classes?

    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." (Information found in The University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2013 General Information catalog.)

  • Are there special rules for students in the Integrated Masters Program in Accounting?

    Students in the Integrated Masters Program in Accounting are not allowed to use grades or hours earned in classes counting toward the MPA portion of their program. These grades and hours (mostly graduate level work) are not used to determine if an iMPA major is eligible for graduating with University honors for his/her B.B.A.(Information found in The University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2013 General Information catalog.)

Page last updated: 1/14/2014