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Academic Honors

As an expression of its commitment to academic excellence, the College recognizes superior scholarship by its students in several ways.

President’s List: Students who distinguish themselves by earning a QPA/CPA of 3.75 or better, with no grade below C, based on a minimum of 12 academic or degree credits, in the semester or semesters under consideration, are named to the President’s List.

Part-time students who achieve a QPA/CPA of 3.75 or higher for each full-time equivalent semester of study completed shall be placed on the President’s List. A full-time equivalent semester is defined as the completion of twelve credit hours of study.

Dean’s List: Students who distinguish themselves by earning a QPA/CPA of 3.2 to 3.74, with no grade below C, based on a minimum of 12 academic or degree credits of work, in the semester or semesters under consideration, are named to the Dean’s List.

Part-time students who achieve a QPA/CPA of 3.32 to 3.74 or higher for each full-time equivalent semester of study completed shall be placed on the Dean’s list. A full-time equivalent semester is defined as the completion of twelve credit hours of study.

Academic Citation: A notation is made on the transcript for students who earn a QPA/CPA of 3.0 to 3.19 based on a minimum of 12 academic or degree credits of work, in the semester or semesters under consideration.

Part-time students who achieve a QPA/CPA of 3.00 to 3.19 or higher for each full-time equivalent semester of study completed shall have a notation on the transcript. A full-time equivalent semester is defined as the completion of twelve credit hours of study.

Honors Courses: Honors courses challenge liberal arts students through interdisciplinary study. These courses introduce students to all aspects of the college experience including library research, academic advisement, extra curricular opportunities and transfer possibilities. Students who have taken Honors courses in the past have transferred to a variety of quality colleges including Colgate University, Cornell University, New York University, Vassar College, and Williams College as well as to SUNY’s most competitive four‑year campuses. Students are selected for the Honors Program on the basis of high school achievement, standardized test scores, and an individual interview. Honors courses are open to qualified full-time and part-time students.

Phi Theta Kappa: This is an international honor society established to recognize and encourage scholarship and service among two‑year college students. Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership, service and academic excellence. Many four‑year colleges have set aside scholarships for community college transfer students who are Phi Theta Kappa members. Students are invited to become members of the DCC Alpha Psi Kappa chapter of this honor society if they have a 3.5 CPA or a total of 12 hours of college‑level work completed at the community college and maintain a 3.2 CPA throughout their community college career.

Alpha Beta Gamma: This is an international business honor society established in 1970 to recognize and to encourage scholarship among two‑year college students in business curricula. The organization reserves more than $500,000 in scholarships for initiated members of Alpha Beta Gamma who transfer to four‑year colleges and universities. To be eligible for membership in the Delta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma at the College, a student must be enrolled in a business curriculum and have completed 15 credit hours with at least 12 hours of work taken in courses leading to a business degree recognized by the College. In addition, the student must have demonstrated academic excellence by attaining a 3.5 CPA in business courses as well as a 3.5 overall CPA.