Academic Honors

Dean's List

Students earning 12 or more credit units in a semester with a grade point average of 3.50 or better are named to  the "Dean's List" in recognition of their academic achievements.

Honor Roll

Students earning 12 or more credit units in a semester with a grade point average between 3.00 and 3.49 are listed on the "Honor Roll."

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year institutions, and the sister to the four-year institution’s Phi Beta Kappa. The goal of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize individual talents, needs, and goals. Membership in this honor society is noted on the academic transcript.

Invitations to membership are awarded to those students who have completed a minimum of twelve (12) semester units that may be applied to an associate degree at College of the Desert with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. To sustain membership each student must maintain academic standards described in the Beta Rho Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Constitution and Bylaws.

Students interested in exploring membership in Phi Theta Kappa should contact faculty advisors Laura Graff and/or Veronica Daut.

Graduation Honors

Students receiving associate degrees may graduate with honors as indicated below. All grades earned at all colleges attended will be included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average (GPA) for graduation honors. Academic Renewal will not be used to qualify for graduation honors. Designations will be made on diplomas of all recipients and recognized at Graduation for students who participate. Academic honors are awarded as follows:

Honor Cumulative GPA
Highest Honors 3.90 - 4.00
High Honors 3.75 - 3.89
Academic Distinction 3.50 - 3.74