University Honors and CSUN Honors Convocation
CSUN is excited to honor our students on a variety of platforms: High Academic & Scholastic Achievement, Commitment to Learning, Noteworthy Leadership, and Community Service to name a few.
Below are a few of programs, events, and policies which celebrate and honor our students - all of which have separate and unique elements which define their recognition.
NOTE: Honors Convocation invitations will be sent electronically, and through US Postal mail to the address students have on record with CSUN. These invitations will go out in Late April to Early May.
Criteria for Recognition at CSUN Honors Convocation
Each year, California State University, Northridge recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree recipients by inviting them to participate in the Honors Convocation ceremony. Students meeting the established criteria will receive an official invitation to the ceremony from President Dianne F. Harrison. In addition, each student will have his or her name and award and/or recognition included in a souvenir program, as well as be invested with an Honors Convocation Medallion at the ceremony.
Participation in the 2015 Honors Convocation is limited to undergraduate and graduate students who have received or are candidates for a degree in fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015. Students receiving a credential or certificate are not eligible for this recognition. Students may participate in Honors Convocation no more than one time for each undergraduate or graduate degree earned. Students become eligible for participation in Honors Convocation based on meeting one of the following criteria.
Scholastic Achievement - Undergraduate
All graduating seniors (fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015) with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better as of fall 2014 are eligible for recognition. Eligible students much have applied for graduation before March 6, 2015. Late graduation filings will result in ineligibility for this category.
Scholastic Achievement - Graduate
All graduating graduate students (fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015) with a cumulative GPA of 3.885 or better as of fall 2014 are eligible for recognition. Eligible students must have applied for graduation before March 6, 2015. Late graduation fillings will result in ineligibility for this category.
Students who successfully apply for graduation and meet the GPA requirements listed above, should automatically receive an invitation to the ceremony by the University President.
All graduating students (undergraduate and graduate degree recipients for fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015) who are the recipients of department, college or university awards or scholarships that recognize demonstrated excellence of an artistic, creative, or athletic nature, the display of leadership ability or outstanding community service are eligible for recognition. Nominees must also posses a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on all coursework through fall 2014 and must have applied for graduation before the March 6, 2015 deadline. Late graduation filings will result in ineligibility for this category.
Nominations from this category are provided by faculty, staff and administrators. For additional information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Development at (818) 677-2393.
Criteria for Graduating with University Academic Honors (Undergraduates)
To be awarded University Honors, the University Catalog states the following.
To receive honors at graduation, a student must:
- Complete a minimum of 45 units of work in letter-graded courses at CSUN.
- Earn a GPA of 3.50 or above in all work taken at CSUN and cumulatively (transfer and CSUN work).
The level of honors is based on the grade point average in all undergraduate courses, including transfer work (cumulative). The level of honors is determined as follows:
- Summa Cum Laude - GPA of 3.90 or above
- Magna Cum Laude - GPA of 3.75 to 3.89
- Cum Laude - GPA of 3.50 to 3.74
If University Honors is awarded when the degree is granted, honors will be reflected on your diploma and your CSUN transcript.
NOTE: Dean's List determinations, Honors Convocation nominations and invitations, and/or Honor Society involvement does not guarantee eligibility for "University Academic Honors". Please check the University Catalog for further details.
At the time of Commencement, a souvenir program booklet is provided to all graduates. The program includes a listing of:
- University Academic Honor Students - which include the level of honors they have earned.
(students who earn their degree in the Fall term of the established academic year)
- University Academic Honors Candidates - which are listed by name only.
(students who earn their degree in the Spring or Summer terms of the established academic year)
Students who have graduated University Academic Honors Honors, or are University Academic Honors Candidates are eligible to purchase an Honors Sash and/or Honors Cords at the Matador Bookstore, which can be worn at the commencement ceremony.
Since final grades are not tabulated till after the commencement ceremonies have concluded, candidacy for Honors does not guarantee it will be awarded when the degree is conferred. The same in reverse applies for students not designated as an Honors Candidate; Honors will be awarded if criteria are met when the degree is conferred.
For additional information, contact Undergraduate Degree Services at (818) 677-3781.
Criteria for Graduating with Dinstinction (Masters)
Graduating with Distinction is referenced in the University Catalog and states the following:
"A student may receive the Master’s degree with distinction by maintaining a 3.885 or higher GPA on all formal Master’s degree program coursework. The notation “With Distinction’’ is posted with the degree on the transcript, and also will appear on the diploma."
This suggests that students earning a masters degree do not earn "University Academic Honors" as that term and designation are for undergraduate degree recipients.
The notation “With Distinction’’ is posted on the degree on transcript, for students earning a masters degree and possess a 3.885 or higher GPA on formal Master’s degree program coursework.
NOTE: Dean's List determinations, Honors Convocation nominations and invitations, and/or Honor Society involvement does not guarantee eligibility for "Distinction". Please check the University Catalog for further details. You can also inquire with the office of Research and Graduate Studies (818) 677-2138
Students who have graduated with Distinction are eligible to purchase an Sash and/or Cords at the Matador Bookstore, which can be worn at the commencement ceremony.
Since final grades are not tabulated till after the commencement ceremonies have concluded, candidacy for Distinction does not guarantee it will be awarded when the degree is conferred. The same in reverse applies for students not designated as an Honors Candidate; Honors will be awarded if criteria are met when the degree is conferred.
There are several Honor Societies at CSUN, representing a rich backdrop of student cultures, educational foundations, and inspired community service. All recognized Honor Societies are organizations at CSUN and additional information can be found at the Matador Involvement Center.
The objective of this Fraternity shall be to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the field of accounting. This objective includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-objectives: to instill in its members a motivation for self-improvement; to foster high moral and ethical standards in its members; to cultivate a sense of responsibility and service in its members; to promote the collegiate study of professional accountancy; and to provide opportunities for association among its members and professional accountants.
CSUN Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society
Gamma Sigma Alpha, Greek Academic Honor Society
- promote scholarship and encourage intellectual development
- promote research and foster the spirit of inquiry
- confer distinction for high achievement
- promote leadership development
- stimulate student and faculty dialogue
- enrich the intellectual environment of higher education institutions
- encourage high standards of practice and ethical behavior
- promote attitudes of professional responsibility for the public good
- The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is the nation's premiere honor organization for high achieving students.
- Membership is based on grade point average and class standing, and is by invitation only.
- NSCS aims to honor inspire and engage its members, and offers benefits including scholarships, leadership development, travel opportunities and career resources.
"To recognize those fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in Interfraternity activities, to encourage them to continue along this line, and to inspire others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment;
To unite outstanding fraternity men and sorority women and to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate affairs;
To bring together members of the faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution's fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness;
To help create an atmosphere where ideas and issues can be discussed openly across Greek lines and to help work out solutions."
1. To promote the highest scientific and educational standards in the field of medicine;