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Latin Honors

Learn how Latin Honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude) are calculated and added to graduating seniors' diplomas.

Each year, the top 14 percent of the graduating seniors on campus are eligible for honors. The honors are organized into three levels:

  • Cum Laude
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Summa Cum Laude

The ranking of students for eligibility for college honors is based on their cumulative grade point average. To be eligible for honors, you must receive letter grades for at least 72 quarter-units of course work at the University of California.

Generally, no more than the top 2 percent are eligible for Summa Cum Laude, and no more than the next 4 percent for Magna Cum Laude. The remaining 8 percent are eligible for Cum Laude.

Recent Latin Honors GPA cutoffs:

2020–2021 2019–2020 2018–2019 2017–2018
Cum Laude 3.771–3.877 3.758–3.870 3.725–3.851 3.710–3.836
Magna Cum Laude 3.878–3.951 3.871–3.944 3.852–3.935 3.837–3.923
Summa Cum Laude 3.952–4.000 3.945–4.000 3.936–4.000 3.936–4.000