Oakton is committed to excellence and recognizes distinguished academic performances by students. All students are eligible to receive semester and/or graduation academic honors. The College also offers honors courses; see Special Areas of Study and Concentrations for more information.

Semester and Graduation Honors

A student is eligible to receive semester and graduation honors after completing 12 credit hours (excluding developmental courses) with a GPA of 2.0 or above at Oakton. Determination of eligibility for honors for a student who receives an “I” indicator will be deferred until the “I” indicator is replaced with a grade.

Term Honors – Fall and Spring Semesters

Term honors are awarded to students who are in good standing, who meet standards of academic progress at the end of the term for which honors are being considered, and who meet the following criteria:

For students enrolled in 6 or more credits at the 100-level or above:

  • President’s Scholars–term GPA of 4.0
  • High Honors–term GPA of 3.75-3.99
  • Honors–term GPA of 3.5-3.74

For students enrolled for 1-5 credits at the 100-level or above:

  • Commendation–term of 3.5-4.0

Graduation Honors

Students receive graduation honors when they earn an associate degree or certificate and when their cumulative grade point averages for all courses taken at Oakton meet the following criteria:

  • President’s Scholars–cumulative GPA of 4.0
  • High Honors–cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.99
  • Honors–cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.74

(Honors designations in the commencement program are based on the student’s cumulative grade point average through the fall semester. The official degree designates honors based on the student’s grade point average at the completion of the program.)