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Dean’s List, Honors, and National Honor Societies

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List is published each semester and recognizes students for outstanding academic performance. To be eligible for Dean’s List recognition, traditional program students must be enrolled full-time (12 minimum credits) and undergraduate students in the School of Graduate & Professional Studies must complete 9 or more credits for the semester. All Dean’s List students will have earned a term grade point average of 3.50 or higher with no grade below a B- and no incomplete (I) or withdrawal/failing (WF) grades.  


The following cumulative grade point averages entitle the associate graduate to honors recognition at commencement: highest honors, 3.90 – 4.00; high honors, 3.70 – 3.89; honors 3.50 – 3.69.

The following cumulative grade point averages entitle the baccalaureate graduate to honors recognition at commencement: summa cum laude, 3.90 – 4.00; magna cum laude, 3.70 – 3.89; cum laude, 3.50 – 3.69.

Honors designations for recognition at commencement are determined using the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) earned at the end of the semester prior to the last semester of enrollment before graduation (Associate degree program – typically 3rd semester of full-time enrollment; Bachelor degree program – typically 7th semester of full-time enrollment). CGPA requirements for honors are not rounded.

National Honor Societies

Each year during the spring semester, the College participates in three national honor societies, Alpha Chi, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Alpha Chi 

The Massachusetts Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi recognizes and promotes scholarship and those elements of character that contribute to high scholarly achievementThe national constitution of Alpha Chi limits membership to the highest ten percent of full-time students in the junior and senior classesTo be eligible for election, a transfer student must have earned not fewer than twenty-four semester hours of credit toward a baccalaureate degree. 

 Alpha Lambda Delta 

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is a national honor society that honors academic excellence during a student’s first year in collegeThe mission of Alpha Lambda Delta is to encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals in society. 


  • Top 20% of the freshman class that has earned at least a 3.5 – 4.0 G.P.A. during their first     semester at Becker College 
  • Earned a 3.5 – 4.0 G.P.A. during their first semester at Becker College  
  • Must not have been enrolled in any foundations courses during first semester  
  • Must have been a full-time student during first semester 

Alpha Sigma Lambda 

Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) recognizes the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and workAlpha Sigma Lambda is dedicated to the advancement of scholarships and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s career. 


  • A GPA between 3.5 and 4.0 
  • Completed a minimum of 50 credits 
  • Be a matriculated student 
  • 50 credits must be earned at Becker College 
  • Must have been a student for a minimum of four terms on at least a part-time basis 

 Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing Iota Phi-at-Large Chapter 

Founded in 1922, STTI – with members in approximately 490 chapters throughout 85 countries supports the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses making a difference in global health. 

Student Membership Criteria 

Undergraduate Students must: 

  • Junior or senior students enrolled in baccalaureate program at an accredited institution of higher education. 
  • Have completed 1/2 of the nursing curriculum. 
  • Achieved academic excellence. (At schools where a 4.0 grade-point system is used, this equates to a 3.0 or higher.) 
  • Rank in the upper 35th percentile of the graduating class. 
  • Meet the expectation of academic integrity. 


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