The Dean's List Honors Academic Achievement

Understanding the Dean's List and academic honors for full and part-time students

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The Dean's List Honors Academic Achievement
Kean University student studying to get on the Dean's List.
John Artenstein, Editor

Academic success is celebrated at Kean University in a variety of ways. One noteworthy accomplishment is being appointed to the Dean's List, which recognizes the earning of a high grade point average among matriculated students after each semester.

Full-time students are named to the Dean's List after every fall and spring semester. In order to be named to the list, a student must accrue a GPA of 3.45 or higher for the semester (while completing 12 credits or more during that span). Part-time students are named to the list once per year, after the spring semester. They are also recognized for the completion of 12 or more credits with a GPA of 3.45 or higher, though this is divided across the entire academic year. In each case, courses taken with a Pass/Fail option, and grades of "Incomplete," are not eligible.

In addition to a personal letter acknowledging their success, Dean's List commendations are added to students' transcripts, an invaluable addition when being considered for jobs in their fields, or graduate programs.

Students consistently appointed to the Dean's List also have the potential to graduate with Honors.

Dean's List scholars with a GPA of 3.85 or higher are also eligible for priority class registration, a great incentive for students to perform well. Earning early registration can help enroll in popular, competitive, required courses.

  • With a cumulative GPA of between 3.45 and 3.64, a student graduates Cum Laude, the Latin for "with distinction," or "with honors."
  • Graduating with a GPA between 3.65 and 3.84 earns the Magna Cum Laude title, "with great distinction."
  • Finally, graduating with a GPA between 3.85 and 4.0 earns the Summa Cum Laude title, "the highest distinction."

Another form of academic success can be shown through the invitation to join an honor society. The honor societies at Kean are organizations that separate the academically elite at Kean and gives them a space to come together and work as a group to help others through service and leadership. Often associated with a specific subject, honor societies show high achievement in academics and involvement. 

Some of the honor societies at Kean University include but are not limited to:

For more information about the Dean's List, academic honor societies and other academic honors at Kean, visit the university's website. With any questions about these honors in preparation for graduation, prospective graduates can email, or reach out via phone at 908-73-REGME.

about the author

John Artenstein, Editor

John Shepherd is an English major with a concentration in creative writing. He has been a contributing editor for mayhemdotcom, The Odyssey Online, and other publications. John has authored the books Recent Words: A Collection of Poems and Stories and I Hear Your Favorite. He has also penned essays on culture, politics and more than a dozen albums of original alternative music. He is plotting careers in entertainment and publishing as he continues producing works of fiction and non-fiction across a variety of media.