University-wide academic honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude) are awarded to undergraduate students who achieved a high grade point average across the curriculum.
Students' academic records must demonstrate excellence in a variety of academic disciplines — including 3000 and 4000 classes outside their fields of study. “Graded hours” do not include classes that issued “pass” or “credit.” Cumulative grade point average includes all Webster University courses plus any transfer courses used by the student to attain 128 credit hours.
Undergraduate students may gain entry into the pool of candidates for graduation honors during their senior year. They may be considered for University-wide honors in one of the two following ways:
1. To automatically qualify for the pool of candidates, students must attain a minimum of:
- 45 credit hours at Webster University;
- 90 credit hours accumulated in the entire college career;
- 3.7 cumulative grade point average;
- 6 courses outside the major in addition to the general education requirements for the student's degree. Students in the School of Communications only need to take three courses outside of their major, with two of these courses being at the 3000 level or higher; and,
- 2 courses at the 3000 level or above outside the student's field of study.
2. Department chairs and site directors also may nominate exceptional students whose course of study puts them outside the parameters of the average student's curriculum vitae.
The Honors Board will examine the pool of candidates and determine honors on the basis of cumulative GPA and breadth and depth across the curriculum. The Board reserves the right to use its discretion in making these evaluations.
Criteria for selection for individual department award departmental honors are determined by the individual department.
In the Communications and Journalism Department, full-time faculty and academic directors at the university's international locations nominate students for department honors to recognize outstanding work in the major.
Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Department honors are automatically bestowed upon those who earn the university's academic honors but are limited to 15 percent of any graduating class.
In the Electronic and Photographic Media Department, program facilitators consult with full-time faculty to select the students who will receive department honors within their major.
While cumulative GPA is a factor, the department also considers service to the department and expectations that a student will succeed in their professional work after graduation. Department honors are not automatic for those who receive the university's academic honors and are limited to 15 percent of any graduating class.
The Dean's List is compiled each academic semester to recognize academic excellence. Qualifying students have completed at least 12 credit hours at Webster University (of which no fewer than 6 credit hours must have regular letter grades) and have earned no “Incomplete” grades for that semester. The following criteria are used to determine the awards:
- Students who have completed 12 to 63 credit hours and who are in the top 10 percent of their class as defined by the current semester's GPA.
- Students who have completed 64 or more credit hours, who are in the top 10 percent of their class as defined by the current semester's GPA, and who have taken at least one 3000- or 4000-level course not in their major or related areas as defined by the University.