Academic Honors & Awards

HONORS FOR GRADUATES OF FOUR-YEAR OR FIVE-YEAR COURSES

Arellano University confers titles of honor with the Latin marks of distinction (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude) to its graduates who have shown high scholastic performance in any of the four-year or five-year college courses and satisfied as well the required minimum academic residency in the University.

Specifically, the candidate for graduation with honors in any 4-year or 5-year course must (1) complete two thirds (2/3) of his/her curriculum program in the University, (2) comply with the required units for graduation, including ROTC/NSTP,  (3) show excellent behavior throughout his/her residence in the University, and (4) achieve high scholastic ratings in all subjects in order to satisfy the required general weighted average (GWA), as follows:

Summa Cum Laude - A general weighted average (GWA) of not lower than 1.25, with no grade lower than 1.5 in any subject.

Magna Cum Laude - A general weighted average (GWA) of not lower than 1.5, with no grade lower than 1.75 in any subject.

Cum Laude - A general weighted average (GWA) of not lower than 1.75, with no grade lower than 2.0 in any subject.

HONORS FOR GRADUATES OF THREE-YEAR COURSES

Arellano University also confers titles of honor to graduates of courses that take less than four years to complete who have shown high scholastic performance throughout their stay in the University.
The candidates for graduation honors in these courses must earn all academic units for graduation in University with no grade lower than 1.75 and satisfy the required general weighted average (GWA), as follows:

With Honors - A general weighted average (GWA) of not lower than 1.75, with no grade lower than 2.0 in any subject.

With High Honors - A general weighted average (GWA) of not lower than 1.5, with no grade lower than 1.75 in any subject. 

With Highest Honors - A general weighted average (GWA) of not lower than 1.25, with no grade lower than 1.5 in any subject.

SEMESTRAL AWARDS AND EXTRA-CLASS HONORS

Due recognition is given to students of Arellano University who excel in their academic as well as extra-class activities. The University presents to these deserving students Certificates of Recognition during a recognition and award-giving program that the Central Guidance Office sponsors at the end of each semester.

GRADUATE SCHOOL GRADING SYSTEM AND ACADEMIC HONORS

Grading System - In the Graduate School of Arellano University, the general weighted average (GWA) of grades in all subjects are given, as follows:

 

Percent Decimal Description
96 - 100 1.00 - 1.25 High Pass
87 - 95 1.50 - 2.00 Pass
86 & lower 2.25 & lower Fail

   
                

ACADEMIC HONORS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Academic Performance - A student in the Graduate School of Arellano University must not receive a grade lower than 1.5 in any subject taken in the University. His or her general weighted average (GWA) must not be lower than 1.25.  (The GWA is the average of grades obtained in all school subjects required for the course, including Thesis Writing (for the master's degree program) or Dissertation Writing (for the doctoral degree program).
To qualify for graduation with honors, a student (1) must not have any incomplete, dropped or failed mark in any subject and (2) must complete at least 2/3 of the curriculum program at Arellano University.

Academic Honors - Graduate and post-graduate students are conferred titles of honors upon completion of their course for high scholastic performance. Those who obtain high GWA receive any of the academic honors that correspond to their high GWA, as follows:

 

GWA in Percent GWA in Decimal Point Description
99 - 100 1.00 - 1.08 With Highest Honors
97 - 98 1.09 - 1.17 With High Honors
96 1.18 - 1.25 With Honors

 

 

Dean's Citation for Best Thesis or Dissertation

 

All students are qualified for the first screening to be conducted by the Dean, provided they receive a minimum grade of 96% or its equivalent (decimal point rating) in the oral defense.

For the second screening, the Dean shall appoint three (3) panelists who shall judge the thesis or dissertation based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance and contribution to theory or body of knowledge, or to the subject of inquiry
  • Scientific method in the conduct of the thesis or dissertation

The candidate receiving the highest grade shall be declared an awardee of the Dean's Citation for Best Thesis or Dissertation.