7+ Year Member
- Mar 14, 2010
Is getting summa cum laude a big deal? My school requires significant research experience, senior thesis, and a good gpa to get it. I have 3.9+ gpa so I was wondering if that is good enough?
To get into med school? Sure, as long as everything else is in order. Sounds like you can't get summa though.I definitely fulfill the gpa requirement but I never did the senior thesis or signed up for research credits at my school, which is required for summa cum laude. This is my last semester of college so I would graduate with only "cum laude", not "summa cum laude". So you think only having 3.9+ gpa is good enough?
No. The name itself is not really a big deal. The things that go into achieving that name (research, thesis) is what would be nice to have, but again not necessary. And you really can't do anything about it at this point, right?Is getting summa cum laude a big deal?
Some schools do it based on GPA percentile from among the class which, IMO, is a much more legit way. My school used to do it by raw GPA but then realized that the honors were meaningless because half the class was getting them every year.At my institution, honors are given purely based on GPA. 3.8+ is summa cum laude. I feel like to require research for the title as well is abnormal. I really doubt any adcom will care, as most schools I presume are like mine and assume honors based on gpa alone.