Graduation with Honors

Towson University undergraduates may achieve recognition as honors graduates in several different ways: through Latin Honors, Departmental Honors, and as members of the Honors College.

Latin Honors

Latin Honors are awarded, by college, to undergraduate students in the top ten percent (10%) of their graduating class based on the cumulative grade point average of all coursework completed in residence at TU.


Summa Cum Laude - top 2%
Magna Cum Laude - next 3%
Cum Laude - next 5%


Latin Honors GPA cutoffs for each college are based on the top 10% of the students from the graduating classes of the previous academic year.

In order to be eligible to earn Latin Honors, students must earn at least 56 units in residence at TU. Of those units earned in residence at TU, at least 41 units must have calculable grades.

Students with majors in two or more colleges earn the highest Latin Honors for which they are eligible.

To view the cutoffs for each level of Latin honors for the current academic year by college, visit the TU graduation website.

Honors College

Visit the Honors College website or the Honors College section of this catalog.

Departmental Honors Programs

Select departments at TU offer students the ability to complete a Departmental Honors program, which is a separate program from the Honors College. Students interested in participating in a Departmental Honors program are encouraged to meet with the Departmental Honors faculty coordinator or department chair preferably during their first two years at TU.

Departmental Honors program requirements are listed in the catalog under the individual major departments, and students accepted into those programs must complete all requirements in order to earn Departmental Honors.

Departmental Honors is posted to the transcript shortly after the bachelor’s degree is conferred.

More information on Departmental Honors programs can be found on each department's webpage.

Departmental Honors By College

College of Business and Economics

College of Fine Arts and Communication

College of Liberal Arts

College of Science and Mathematics