As a professionally oriented school, the College of Architecture and Planning provides an atmosphere for study and creative investigation in which the attainment of quality is held in the highest esteem. The College of Architecture and Planning recognizes outstanding student achievement through academic honors such as the Dean's List, Honors at Graduation, Outstanding Graduates and membership in honor societies.
Graduating with Honors
In recognition of high scholarship and professional attainment, the college grants honors at graduation in two categories: honors and special honors. Students achieving a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 (honors) and 3.75 to 4.00 (special honors) are recognized at commencement. Honors are based on course work completed at the University of Colorado.
Tau Sigma Delta is the only nationally recognized honor society in architecture, landscape architecture and the allied arts. Membership is granted to the top 20 percent of each graduating class.
The purpose of Golden Key is to recognize college students based on academic achievement and to encourage community service. Members include the top 15 percent of juniors and seniors and graduate students in 350 campuses around the world. Incorporated as a non-profit organization, Golden Key provides opportunities for personal growth and in the development of leadership skills.1
Graduating with Honors
A student can be awarded honors based upon cumulative GPA at the time of graduation. To be eligible for honors, a student must have completed a minimum of 45 semester hours at the University of Colorado (on any CU campus). A cumulative CU GPA of 3.65-3.749 will receive cum laude, 3.75-3.849 magna cum laude and 3.85 and above summa cum laude honors designations on degrees.2
Graduating with Honors
Students who demonstrate superior scholarship are given special recognition at graduation. Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.649 in all business courses taken at the University of Colorado to be considered for cum laude, achieve a cumulative GPA 3.65 and 3.749 in all business courses taken at the University of Colorado to be considered for magna cum laude and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher in all business courses taken at the University of Colorado to be considered for summa cum laude.
The professional business and financial information fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members’ formal education by providing interaction and networking among students, faculty and professionals.
Phi Chi Theta is the premier national professional co-ed fraternity for students in business and economics. It provides a local and national network to share resources, ideas and concepts, as well as an opportunity to practice leadership skills necessary to succeed in a business community.3
Founded in 1914, this society promotes and recognizes scholarship and character among students of dentistry. Members are dental students who have distinguished themselves by excellence in scholarship, while demonstrating exemplary traits of character and potential qualities for future professional growth and attainments.4
Chi Sigma Iota chapter Beta Alpha Omega is the counseling academic professional honor society. To qualify, a student must have completed two semesters or nine credit hours with a 3.5 GPA. The purpose of this group is to promote scholarship, leadership, professionalism and excellence in counseling in the field of mental health. The group provides a forum for students in the CU Denver Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education program to network with others, share common concerns and receive recognition for outstanding academic performance.5
Graduating with Honors
In recognition of superior scholarship, academic honors are awarded at the time of graduation based on the cumulative University of Colorado undergraduate GPA, including the final semester of coursework. To be eligible for honors, a CEAS student must have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours at the University of Colorado (on any CU campus). Grades earned at institutions outside of the CU system will not be considered. For Special Honors, a student must have earned a cumulative CU GPA of at least 3.80, and for Honors, a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79 is required. Since grades earned during the semester of graduation are considered, academic honors are notated in the commencement program as “pending” and are officially recorded on the diploma and transcript.
The college is working to reactivate connections with both Xi Sigma (chemical engineering national honor society) and Tau Beta Pi (national engineering society). For more information, contact the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.6
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes outstanding achievement through academic honors. Academic Honors can be separated into four distinct categories: college honors, departmental honors, Dean's List and outstanding undergraduate.
Students who perform exceptionally well academically in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will qualify for College Honors and will be awarded a bachelor's degree accompanied by the statement "With Distinction." To be eligible for College honors, a student must have completed a minimum of 45 hours at the University of Colorado (at any campus), including the final semester, with a 3.75 GPA. The 45 hours must be completed in the student's junior and senior years. A maximum of six semester hours may be completed with a grade of P (on P/F option) and included in the 45 semester hours.
Departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer programs through which students can qualify for Latin Honors: cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude. Determination of the level of honors is made by the major department. Detailed information about specific criteria pertaining to Departmental Honors can be obtained from the individual departments.
Departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer programs through which students can qualify for Latin Honors: cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude. Determination of the level of honors is made by the major department.
This society works to advance the science of psychology and to encourage, stimulate and maintain scholarship of the individual members in all academic fields, particularly in psychology.
The society focuses on undergraduate research and provides opportunities for students to both participate in research and present their work. The society's objectives are to promote undergraduate research and scholarship in the biological sciences and to disseminate biological knowledge.
The purpose of Golden Key is to recognize college students based on academic achievement and to encourage community service.7
The only national honor medical society, AOA's mission, developed over the past 100 years, has been to recognize and enhance professionalism, academic excellence, service and leadership within the profession. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing. Find information for the university's AOA chapter on Blackboard.
Associated with the University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program (CHA/PA), the Silver Society chapter of the Student Academy of the AAPA works to build leadership; foster professional development; encourage diversity, student life and community service; and promote the PA profession in the community and throughout the campus. The chapter is involved in a variety of community service projects, campus events and student social activities each year.
Gold Humanism Society (GHHS)
The Gold Humanism Honor Society honors senior medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and other exemplars recognized for “demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.” Organized to elevate the values of humanism and professionalism within the field of medicine and its constituent institutions, GHHS is fast becoming integrated into the educational environment. Find information for the university's GHHS chapter on Blackboard.
The Colorado Rural Health Scholars Program is a non-profit, residence-based science and medical program primarily designed for rural students interested in careers in the health sciences. Special consideration is given to minority and underprivileged students.8
The Denver metropolitan-area Alpha Kappa chapter at large members carry out STTI’s mission to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Chapter members honor the nursing profession in countless ways. Undergrads must complete half their program before receiving an invitation. Graduate students must complete 10 credits before receiving an invitation.
The Society's vision is to achieve universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy. As a community of scholars, the Society will instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession. The mission of the Society is to encourage and recognize excellence in intellectual achievement and to foster fellowship among its members. Further, the Society encourages high standards of conduct and character and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy.
The purpose of PLS is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, PLS encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines, PLS does not compete with other pharmacy organizations.
Phi Lambda Sigma Honors Leadership
Members are selected by peer recognition. No greater honor can be bestowed upon an individual than to be recognized as a leader by one’s peers. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy.10
Graduating with Honors
Students who perform exceptionally well academically in the School of Public Affairs (SPA) will qualify for SPA Honors and will be awarded a bachelor's degree accompanied by the statement "with distinction." To be eligible for SPA Honors, a student must have completed a minimum of 45 hours at the University of Colorado (at any CU campus), including the final semester, with a 3.75 cumulative GPA. The 45 hours must be completed in the student's junior and senior years. A maximum of six semester hours may be completed with a grade of P (on P/F option) and included in the 45 semester hours.
School of Public Affairs (SPA) participates with two national honor
societies, Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA), National Honor Society for Public Affairs and
Administration and Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
mission of Alpha Phi Sigma – Kappa Xi is to promote critical thinking,
life-long learning and change in the criminal justice system. This group works
to motivate members to take part in the advances of scientific research, to
evaluate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to
sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and
information and questions contact Dr. Sheila Huss (Sheila.Huss@ucdenver.edu)
Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA)
Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) is the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and
Administration. The purpose of Pi Alpha Alpha is to encourage and
recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and
administration. Its objectives, such as fostering integrity, professionalism,
and effective performance, promote the advancement of quality in the education
and practice of the art and science of public affairs and administration. PAA
membership identifies those with the highest performance levels in educational
programs preparing them for public service careers.
information and questions contact Dawn Savage (Dawn.Savage@ucdenver.edu), Student
Students who are members of these honor societies may be eligible to wear regalia during
commencement. Emails will be sent to graduating members with order information
Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Alpha Upsilon Chapter
Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate studies in public health. The society was founded in 1924 at then Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. There are currently 65 chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Each chapter conducts the principal Delta Omega activities. The chapters elect new members each year from four groups:
- Students who are candidates for a graduate degree in public health
- Faculty members at the school of public health
- Alumni actively engaged in public health work
- Honorary members possessing exceptional qualifications
Election in all four groups is based on outstanding performance: scholarship in students, teaching and research in faculty members and community service in alumni. Election to membership in Delta Omega is intended not only to recognize merit but also to encourage further excellence in, and devotion to, public health work.12