Recognition at Graduation:
The faculty of each college of the university shall recognize the top students receiving a bachelor’s degree from their college, based upon the following requirements:
- At least ninety (90) semester credits are earned in courses graded “A” through “F.”
- At least sixty (60) semester credits are earned in residence at the university in courses graded “A” through “F.”
- Transfer students must satisfy the GPA requirement at this university and in the combined, transfer-university GPA.
Those students in the top 1% of their college’s graduates receive the title of Summa Cum Laude, the top 5%-1.01% receive the title of Magna Cum Laude, and the top 10%-5.01% receive the title of Cum Laude. Ranking is based on University of Nevada, Reno and cumulative grade point averages. Academic recognition at graduation ceremonies is based upon the requirements fulfilled in the most recent prior semester.
Latin Titles for Academic Year 2017-2018
Magna Cum Laude
|Summa Cum Laude
|College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources
|College of Business
|College of Education
|College of Engineering
|College of Liberal Arts
|College of Science
|Orvis School of Nursing
|School of Community Health Sciences
|School of Journalism
|Interdisciplinary - General Studies*
|Interdisciplinary - Neuroscience**
The grade point distribution earned by the graduating classes for the previous two academic years is used to determine the cut-offs in effect for graduates in the current academic year.
In addition to being eligible for the above distinction from their colleges, students in the Honors Program shall have the additional distinction of graduating With Honors. (Honors students will be recognized at graduation based on the catalog language in force the year they entered their major program.)
*The grade point distribution earned by the graduating classes from ALL colleges for the previous two academic years is used to determine the cut-offs in effect for General Studies graduates in the current academic year.
**The grade point distribution earned by the graduating classes from the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Science for the previous two academic years is used to determine the cut-offs in effect for Neuroscience graduates in the current academic year. Neuroscience graduates are included in the computation of grade point distribution for both colleges.