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  1. Legend

    Legend Super Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Does anyone know the difference?
     
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  3. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Summa Cum Laude > Magna Cum Laude > Cum Laude

    At my school it was:

    3.4-3.59 - Cum Laude
    3.60-3.79 - Magna
    3.80 or greater - Summa
     
  4. Dr. Scandinavia

    Dr. Scandinavia Member 7+ Year Member

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    Magna cum laude refers to an overall GPA between 3.65-3.79, and summa cum laude a GPA from 3.80-4.0. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  5. Patiently Waiting

    Patiently Waiting Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by The Fly:
    <strong>Summa Cum Laude &gt; Magna Cum Laude &gt; Cum Laude

    At my school it was:

    3.4-3.59 - Cum Laude
    3.60-3.79 - Magna
    3.80 or greater - Summa</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">The Fly,

    I keep running into your posts. LEt me ask you something very simple: is there anything you don't know about? Nope nope no sarcasm here. You really strike me as someone keen and knowledged about many stuff. Have you been just out of college? I will be in shock if yes. BTW, I noticed that you used "his" to refer to my stethoscope. It's "her". <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  6. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

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    The actual GPA ranges will definitely vary from school to school. It's actually based on percents of graduates.
     
  7. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by none:
    <strong>The actual GPA ranges will definitely vary from school to school. It's actually based on percents of graduates.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">yup that's the correct answer. man i'm so close but i don't think i can get it by the time i graduate. it'll be close if i pull off straight A's for a year lol.
     
  8. souljah1

    souljah1 Attending 10+ Year Member

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    Berkeley didn't have the greek system. They had highest honors, high honors, and honors. Highest honors was something like 3.90 and above. High honors was something like 3.72-3.89 and honors was 3.5ish to 3.71.
     
  9. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Patiently Waiting:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by The Fly:
    <strong>Summa Cum Laude &gt; Magna Cum Laude &gt; Cum Laude

    At my school it was:

    3.4-3.59 - Cum Laude
    3.60-3.79 - Magna
    3.80 or greater - Summa</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">The Fly,

    I keep running into your posts. LEt me ask you something very simple: is there anything you don't know about? Nope nope no sarcasm here. You really strike me as someone keen and knowledged about many stuff. Have you been just out of college? I will be in shock if yes. BTW, I noticed that you used "his" to refer to my stethoscope. It's "her". <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">:oops:

    I guess I'll take this as a compliment! :D

    I'm really not particular special or anything -- I've been out of college for a year and, as you probably know, am heading to medical school this fall along with many of the others.

    I guess I would have to say that I've done a lot of different things -- for example, I worked as a firefighter/paramedic during college which let me see lots of stuff and now I split my time between lab work and my job in the emergency dept. at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston (one of Harvard's teaching hospitals).

    In the end, I think it's just that I read a lot. . . NYT every day and the New Yorker religiously.

    I hope that I haven't come off as arrogant or as a proverbial 'know it all," it's just that I like to answer questions -- it positively reinforces my reading!! :D

    Regarding my pronoun misuse. . . I usually pride myself on being completely UN-sexist and I have violated my own rules . . . for that, you have my sincerest apologies! :)
     
  10. oldman

    oldman Senior Citizen 10+ Year Member

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    at hopkins, it was either honors or no honors.
     
  11. Patiently Waiting

    Patiently Waiting Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by The Fly:
    <strong>[I hope that I haven't come off as arrogant or as a proverbial 'know it all," it's just that I like to answer questions -- it positively reinforces my reading!! :D

    Regarding my pronoun misuse. . . I usually pride myself on being completely UN-sexist and I have violated my own rules . . . for that, you have my sincerest apologies! :) </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Absolutely not. I have been very benefited by a lot of your input on this website. :)

    No worries about the pronoun misuse. There's no way for you to tell if I'm she/he based on the displayed name alone. I will just blame on myself for writing/sounding like a man. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  12. Legend

    Legend Super Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I am not sure how it works at my school. (brown)
    For some reason, I think there is just Magna Cum Laude (top 15% of graduating class).

    Maybe I am wrong.
     
  13. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Patiently Waiting:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by The Fly:
    <strong>[I hope that I haven't come off as arrogant or as a proverbial 'know it all," it's just that I like to answer questions -- it positively reinforces my reading!! :D

    Regarding my pronoun misuse. . . I usually pride myself on being completely UN-sexist and I have violated my own rules . . . for that, you have my sincerest apologies! :) </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Absolutely not. I have been very benefited by a lot of your input on this website. :)

    No worries about the pronoun misuse. There's no way for you to tell if I'm she/he based on the displayed name alone. I will just blame on myself for writing/sounding like a man. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Much obliged for the kind compliments! :)

    And for the record, you most certainly did not sound man-like, it was my egregious ignorance that led to my error. . . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  14. rxfudd

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    Magna cum laude translates to "with great praise".

    Summa cum laude translates to "with the highest praise."

    In case anyone was interested...
     
  15. PTjay

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    Summa: the highest
    Magna: splendid, magnificent, large, great
    Cum: with
    Laude: praise

    SCL=with highest praise
    MCL=with great praise
    CL=with praise

    -your local latin scholar (Ms. Kell would be so proud)
     
  16. Doctora Foxy

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    So how do you find out what scale your school uses? I wanna know! I'll be graduating soon. Do they inform you of this beforehand? Do you wear cords based on graduating magna or summa laude?
     
  17. Assassin

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    my school made it summa for top 2%, magna for top 5% and cum for top 10% if i'm not mistaken...
     
  18. Legend

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    Just found out officially that Brown doesn't have Summa Cum laude..just magna. I think that's messed up. <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" />
     
  19. Doc AdamK in 2006

    Doc AdamK in 2006 Now 2 year UB Med Doc 7+ Year Member

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    Amazingly I pulled off two straight 4.0 my last year and finished with a 3.79992

    My school decided to round up and give me Summa.

    AK
     
  20. lady bug

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    The Fly, did reading the NYT everyday help you with the MCAT?
     
  21. t_kim

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    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
    I guess I would have to say that I've done a lot of different things -- for example, I worked as a firefighter/paramedic during college </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Just curious - EMT-P or EMT-B?

    - Tae
     
  22. KyGrlDr2B

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    At my school summa was 3.85 and higher, magna was 3.55 to 3.84, and cum laude 3.3 to 3.54. Summa wore green and white cords and a white tassle, magna wore gold cords and tassle, and cum laude wore red cords and tassle.
     
  23. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by lady bug:
    <strong>The Fly, did reading the NYT everyday help you with the MCAT?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hmmm. Without a good control it would be hard to say. . . I did pretty well, 34T, but not amazingly well such that I could definitively say that reading the paper every day made a huge difference -- I do think reading the Op-Ed section very quickly and marking it as I would have a verbal passage did make things easier for me on the verbal section. . . did this answer your question ?? :)
     
  24. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by tkim:
    <strong><strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
    I guess I would have to say that I've done a lot of different things -- for example, I worked as a firefighter/paramedic during college </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Just curious - EMT-P or EMT-B?

    - Tae</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I'm a nationally registered medic until the end of 2003! (NREMT-P)

    As you probably know, it's a substantially longer curriculum, but in the end, with all of the things that it allows you to do, it was well worth it!
     
  25. Hercules

    Hercules Son of Zeus 10+ Year Member

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    My school:
    3.9 and up = summa cum laude
    3.7-3.89 = magna cum laude
    3.5-3.69 = cum laude
     
  26. t_kim

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I'm a nationally registered medic until the end of 2003! (NREMT-P)

    As you probably know, it's a substantially longer curriculum, but in the end, with all of the things that it allows you to do, it was well worth it![/QB]</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yeah, going into my twelfth year as a 'P'. The training was good, and the experiences were awesome, but were I to do it over again, I'd either skip medic school entirely and study harder on my premeds, or stay in EMS for no longer than 5 years.

    Finishing school becomes way, way harder when you have a job that pays more than minimum wage, and puts you into hands-on, invasive procedure, drug pushing mode early. Clearly and early one you reach some hard limits as to what you can provide for people. There's only so many line-Pez-and-a-ride chest pain calls you can do before you start to burn out.

    I ask whether you were a P or B 'cause I hear a lot of people say that they're P, when they're actually Bs, on their apps, secondaries, and interviews.

    I know some areas call everyone riding the moan mobile a 'medic', but since you were from this side of the world, I was curious.

    - Tae
     
  27. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    hey this sucks.
    it looks like my school's scale is higher than most others.
    that's no fair.

    cum laude is 3.6
    magna 3.8
    summa 3.9

    and they don't count first-year grades.
    nor any grades for courses taken abroad.
    which for me translates into only sophomore and senior year grades.
     
  28. PTjay

    PTjay Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Doctora Foxy:
    <strong>So how do you find out what scale your school uses? I wanna know! I'll be graduating soon. Do they inform you of this beforehand? Do you wear cords based on graduating magna or summa laude?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I will be walking in graduation tomorrow (SCL woooohoooooo)!!! The scale is usually in your undergraduate handbook if your school puts one out. I have heard that graduates in the past from my university have worn a special tassel but we will not be wearing any visually distinguishing items but it will be announced when we walk. We had a graduation meeting where we each received a card with our name and honor status to make sure it was correct. Call your dean to find out if you can't find the info elsewhere.
     
  29. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    At my school, which was a small college, not surprisingly, the names are read aloud and include any honors (thesis honors or latin honors). However, there were no special tassles or anything, but it did list the latin honors on our diplomas. . . :)
     
  30. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by tkim:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I'm a nationally registered medic until the end of 2003! (NREMT-P)

    As you probably know, it's a substantially longer curriculum, but in the end, with all of the things that it allows you to do, it was well worth it!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yeah, going into my twelfth year as a 'P'. The training was good, and the experiences were awesome, but were I to do it over again, I'd either skip medic school entirely and study harder on my premeds, or stay in EMS for no longer than 5 years.

    Finishing school becomes way, way harder when you have a job that pays more than minimum wage, and puts you into hands-on, invasive procedure, drug pushing mode early. Clearly and early one you reach some hard limits as to what you can provide for people. There's only so many line-Pez-and-a-ride chest pain calls you can do before you start to burn out.

    I ask whether you were a P or B 'cause I hear a lot of people say that they're P, when they're actually Bs, on their apps, secondaries, and interviews.

    I know some areas call everyone riding the moan mobile a 'medic', but since you were from this side of the world, I was curious.

    - Tae[/QB]</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Fortunately, EMS didn't prolong my schooling or anything -- I obtained my medic during college by going to school Tuesday nights for a year and then doing my clinical time the following summer. So, I didn't need to take any time off and I worked PT for the rescue side of the fire department (which allowed you to remain on if you worked at least 24 hours a week and were cross trained as a FF). So, although it cut into my sleep alot and tried my patience at times, it didn't prolong my course toward becoming a physician. . . I am one of the lucky ones! :)
     
  31. edmadison

    edmadison 1K Member 10+ Year Member

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    At my school, William & Mary, you could only get honors if you did a thesis. Only a very small percentage of those doing projects each year go highest honors.

    Ed
     
  32. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by PTjay:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Doctora Foxy:
    <strong>So how do you find out what scale your school uses? I wanna know! I'll be graduating soon. Do they inform you of this beforehand? Do you wear cords based on graduating magna or summa laude?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I will be walking in graduation tomorrow (SCL woooohoooooo)!!! The scale is usually in your undergraduate handbook if your school puts one out. I have heard that graduates in the past from my university have worn a special tassel but we will not be wearing any visually distinguishing items but it will be announced when we walk. We had a graduation meeting where we each received a card with our name and honor status to make sure it was correct. Call your dean to find out if you can't find the info elsewhere.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Thanks, I looked it up in the bulletin:
    3.5 cum laude
    3.7 magna cum laude
    3.8 summa cum laude

    By the way, if you have cum laude, does that look good to mention as part of an update letter for waitlistees? Or is it better not to say anything since it's not the highest honor?
     
  33. Legend

    Legend Super Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by vyc:
    <strong>hey this sucks.
    it looks like my school's scale is higher than most others.
    that's no fair.

    cum laude is 3.6
    magna 3.8
    summa 3.9

    and they don't count first-year grades.
    nor any grades for courses taken abroad.
    which for me translates into only sophomore and senior year grades.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I didn't know that Wellesley had Summa. My ex gf graduated from wellesley with magna and she told me that was the highest.. Well... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  34. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Legend:
    <strong>I didn't know that Wellesley had Summa. My ex gf graduated from wellesley with magna and she told me that was the highest.. Well... :(</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">oh wellesley definitely has summa cum laude.
    your ex girlfriend LIIIIIIED to you. j/k
    she probably didn't know that summa was higher than magna or something...?

    what year did she graduate? maybe i know her!
     
  35. Legend

    Legend Super Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by vyc:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Legend:
    <strong>I didn't know that Wellesley had Summa. My ex gf graduated from wellesley with magna and she told me that was the highest.. Well... :( </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">oh wellesley definitely has summa cum laude.
    your ex girlfriend LIIIIIIED to you. j/k
    she probably didn't know that summa was higher than magna or something...?

    what year did she graduate? maybe i know her!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">vyc, I sent you a PM.
     
  36. SnudgeMuffin

    SnudgeMuffin Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Don't you need to write a thesis to graduate with honors?

    Anyways, at my school, 3.0 and above is cum laude, between 3.5 and 3.75 Magna, and anything higher summa.
     
  37. jot

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    i think ours changes slightly from year to year ... but its 3.5,3.77,3.95 for summa. then there is a whole set of honors and distinctions in research if one does a thesis or not. seems quite hard to get summa if one is a science major.
     
  38. irongirl

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    My school seems to have the highest standards of all... there were 400 graduates from the college of liberal arts, only four received summa, and my &gt;3.75 was only good for cum laude.
     
  39. pre-hawkdoc

    pre-hawkdoc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by vyc:
    <strong>hey this sucks.
    it looks like my school's scale is higher than most others.
    that's no fair.

    cum laude is 3.6
    magna 3.8
    summa 3.9

    </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Looks like I've gotcha beat:
    highest distinction: top 2% of class (this year it was &gt;3.98)
    high distinction: next 3% (3.87-3.97)
    distinction: next 5% (3.73-3.86)

    we got stars on our gowns for distinction (3,2,1, respectively) and cords for honors (for which a project/thesis was required).
     
  40. deva

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    At my school (Cornell), you have to write a thesis to graduate with honors (at least in most majors). There is some minimum GPA - I'm not sure what it is, but the thesis is the most important thing. I decided that I would benefit more from extra classes than from doing the project - so even though I have above a 4.0 I'm not graduating with honors <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    [edit] Forgot to mention: The honors, high honors, etc. is determined mostly by the quality of your thesis and somewhat by your grades. You always get honors for doing a project, as long as your GPA is above the cutoff. I didn't do an honors thesis so I don't get honors.
     
  41. matthew0126

    matthew0126 Anaheim Angels 7+ Year Member

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    Yeah, as souljah said, Berkeley doesn't have this summa magna stuff. oh well. we don't even get to wear anything special for the high/highest distinction alternative we have.

    I don't even know if they print it on your diploma?
     
  42. dukeblue01

    dukeblue01 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Duke is rough:
    3.6-3.7ish -- cum laude
    3.7ish-3.8ish --magna cum laude
    3.8ish and up -- summa cum laude

    All done by percentage (ie top 20%, top 10%, top 5%). 3.5 gets you a smile and a thumbs up.
     

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