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What are the requirements to graduate with honors?

An undergraduate student who has attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.70 receives a baccalaureate degree summa cum laude; at least 3.50, magna cum laude; and at least 3.20, cum laude. These distinctions are noted on students’ diplomas as well as on their transcripts.

To receive any of these distinctions, students must complete 55 percent of all coursework at NYIT. If 55 percent of the work was not taken at NYIT, grades for only those courses accepted as transfer credit from previous colleges will be computed into the cumulative GPA. Students must first receive at least a 3.20 at NYIT before transfer credits are included in the cumulative average. 55 percent of all college course grades must be in the form of letter grades from either NYIT or a former college. Students who do not have at least 55 percent of their credits in courses for which letter grades have been given are not considered for honors.   

A graduate student who earns a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better will graduate with distinction. Honors are recorded on both the student’s permanent record and diploma. Individual schools also give awards to outstanding graduate students at commencement. Please refer to the NYIT graduate catalog for the list of the awards.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 516.686.7580 or e-mail