More Information about Honors Requirements

There are two types of honors for undergraduates: Latin honors (summa, magna, cum laude) are determined by the College and English honors (highest honors, high honors, honors) are determined by departments. To be eligible for summa cum laude or magna cum laude from the College, students must receive high honors or highest honors from their concentration.  Students with honors from their concentration are eligible for cum laude from the College (called Cum Laude in Field below).  Students without honors from their concentration may still earn cum laude from the College if their overall GPA meets the overall GPA cutoff for magna cum laude.

See the Planning, Degrees, & Courses page for information about requirements for English honors in Computer Science. See the Harvard College Handbook for Students for requirements for Latin honors.

We list here historical data on the GPA threshholds established by the Faculty for awarding degrees Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude in Field. See the Registrar's page on Graduation and Diplomas for GPA thresholds for the latest academic year.

  • 2017
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.810
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.571
    Cum Laude: 3.810
  • 2016
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.794
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.538
    Cum Laude: 3.794
  • 2015
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.772
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.525
    Cum Laude: 3.772
  • 2014
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.769
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.511
    Cum Laude: 3.769
  • 2013
    Magna Cum Laude in Field:  3.763
    Cum Laude in Field:  3.480
    Cum Laude: 3.763
  • 2012
    Magna Cum Laude: 3.756
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.484
    Cum Laude: 3.756
  • 2011
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.750
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.480
    Cum Laude: 3.750
  • 2010
    Magna Cum Laude in field: 3.740
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.472 
    Cum Laude: 3.740
  • 2009 
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.721 
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.448
    Cum Laude: 3.721