2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Honors and Recognitions

Texas Christian University honors high academic achievement. The most significant recognitions are conferred at graduation, but there are many interim awards as well. Some formal recognitions become a part of the student's permanent academic record; others may be in the form of a letter of commendation or list posted on the bulletin board. Each spring, Honors Week focuses attention on high academic achievement through special programs and publications. (Grade point average requirements discussed in the following sections refer exclusively to the TCU GPA.)

TCU Scholars

Full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students who achieve a 4.0 GPA (all “A” grades) in any spring or fall semester are recognized as TCU Scholars by the academic deans. In that semester, they must have earned credit for at least 12 hours; "I" and "P" grades are not counted. TCU Scholars may audit one course without fee any time within a year of their designation.

Dean's Honor List

At the end of each fall and spring semester, deans of undergraduate schools/colleges announce the names of those who have done exceptionally well. To be eligible for the Dean's Honor List, freshmen (0-23 earned hours at the end of the term) must achieve at least a 3.6 GPA, sophomores (24-53 earned hours at the end of the term) must achieve at least 3.7, juniors (54-83 earned hours at the end of the term) must have achieved at least 3.8 and seniors (84+ hours at the end of the term) must have achieved at least 3.8. In that semester, they must have earned credit for at least 12 hours; "I" and "P" grades are not counted toward the 12 earned hours.

Graduation Honors

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or above are graduated Summa Cum Laude, perhaps the highest academic distinction. Those with 3.7 or above are graduated Magna Cum Laude, an only marginally less prestigious honor. And for those with 3.5 or above, graduation is Cum Laude. Graduation honors are reserved for students who earn at least 58 semester hours at TCU exclusive of any credit by examination.

Honors College

Honors College students earn Departmental Honors by completing a research or creative project under the supervision of a faculty member in their major or minor field of study. Honors College students earn University Honors by completing three interdisciplinary Honors colloquia.

Honor Societies

In almost all academic fields, national honor societies recognize students who show exceptional ability. Most departments at TCU have chapters of such societies to which high-achieving students are invited. In addition, some prestigious honor societies are open to students from throughout the University. The following are best-known at TCU and throughout the nation.

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest such society in America and one of the most selective. It invites to membership students with high grades whose studies show a breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts. Most initiates are seniors though juniors, and graduate students are sometimes invited.

Mortar Board

Mortar Board invites students to membership on the basis of their service and leadership as well as scholarship.