Honors are bestowed at the university as recognition of outstanding academic achievement and as a means to further encourage student success and sound scholarship. They are awarded to every undergraduate student attaining the required eligibility requirements.  For some of the honors listed below, students may receive certificates of recognition or honor cords for commencement ceremonies.

Dean's List

Each academic college recognizes its finest students by naming them to the Dean's List. The students eligible for this award are full-time undergraduate students who have earned at least a 3.4 average for not less than 12 semester hours of credit in the semester just ended. This honor is only awarded at the end of fall and spring semesters. Included in the list at the end of spring term are those part-time students who have earned at least a 3.4 average and accumulated a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit combined for the fall and spring terms.

Courses with grades of I, AU, CR, CRX and PR do not count toward the minimum 12 hours requirement, but do not disqualify, as long as the student has an additional 12 hours or more of earned credit at the time of the Dean's List calculation. Students who receive grades of D, F, or NC are automatically ineligible for Dean’s List recognition.
 
Courses that do not count toward meeting eligibility requirements are:  

  • ENGL 1509, 1512, 1539, 1540  
  • ​RSS 1510 A, B, C
  • MATH 1500, 1501, 1502, 1503, 1504, 1507

Courses at the 6900 level or above will count toward meeting the Dean’s List eligibility requirements.

Recipients receive a certificate from their academic college and are officially announced on the YSU Merit Page website.

President's List

The university recognizes its top students by naming them to the President's List.  The students eligible for this award are full-time undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average for not less than 12 semester hours of credit in the semester just ended.  This honor is only awarded at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Included in the list at the end of spring term are those part-time students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average and accumulated a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit combined for the fall and spring terms.

Recipients receive a certificate from the Office of the President and are officially announced on the YSU Merit Page website.

Graduation with Academic Distinction

Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree who rank high scholastically are awarded Latin Scholastic Distinctions at the commencement exercise, as follows:

  •  Summa Cum Laude: Awarded to those who attain a grade point average of 3.8 or higher 
  •  Magna Cum Laude: Awarded to those who attain a grade point average of less than 3.8 but not less than 3.6 
  •  Cum Laude: Awarded to those who attain a quality point average of less than 3.6 but not less than 3.4 

Graduation with Honors

Students graduating with an associate degree who rank high scholastically are awarded special honors at the commencement exercise, as follows:

  • Those who attain a grade point average of 3.7 or higher are granted their degrees With High Honors.
  • Those who attain a grade point average of less than 3.7 but not less than 3.4 are granted their degrees With Honors.

A student who has processed an approved Academic Forgiveness is ineligible for Latin distinctions or special honors. All YSU grades will be counted in determining honors for graduation; this includes those grades deducted from accumulative totals as a result of an approved Repetition Form. (See Academic Forgiveness and Repetitions under Grading Methods and Procedures.)

Transfer students who are baccalaureate degree candidates must have at least 60 semester hours of credit at Youngstown State University, or those who are associate degree candidates must have at least 40 semester hours of credit at Youngstown State University to be eligible for academic distinction or honors. In computing the required grade point averages, only university credit is considered; no transfer credit is included in the calculation.

Other Awards and Honors

Other accolades in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and service are presented through the various colleges and departments.

Contact for Questions/concerns

Office: Office of Academic Affairs
Location:  Tod Hall
Website:  https://ysu.edu/provost