Honors and distinctions at Tippie

There are multiple recognitions and distinctions achievable by exceptional business students. These include two honors programs—University Honors and Honors in the Major, and academic distinctions such as Dean’s List, President’s List, Honor Societies, and Graduation with Distinction. Many of these hard-earned accomplishments are noted at graduation, on transcripts, and through Honors celebrations or ceremonies.

Honors programs

Honors programs create opportunities for high-achieving students to be challenged and engaged. From access to honors courses to forming a community of exceptional scholars, being an honors student elevates your experience at Tippie and beyond.

As a Tippie student with a qualifying academic record, you are eligible for University Honors and Honors in the Major. These are two separate programs with different requirements. With careful planning, you can graduate with both. Each honor will appear separately in your transcript.

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Academic distinctions

Dean’s List

High-performing students are named to the dean’s list each semester based on their academic performance. You need a 3.5 GPA or higher on at least 12 semester hours of UI graded coursework with no hours of “I” (incomplete) or “0” (no grade reported). This list is reported in a university news release at the end of every semester.

President’s List

The President’s List recognizes undergraduates who achieve a GPA of 4.0 on at least 12 semester hours of UI graded coursework and who have no “I” (incomplete) or “0” (no grade reported) marks on their records for two consecutive semesters. It is reported in a University of Iowa News release at the end of every semester.

Graduation with distinction

Tippie College of Business awards degrees with distinction at the graduation ceremony based on academic achievement. You’ll wear one, two, or three stars on the sleeve of your gown based on your GPA:

  • Highest: top 2%
  • High: next 3%
  • Distinction: next 5%

Honor societies

Top-performing students are eligible for membership in several honor societies, which offer benefits such as networking, scholarships, and more. Tippie Business Honor Society is the college’s own invitation-only honor society that serves as a community of honors and honors-eligible students at the college. Beta Gamma Sigma and Sigma Nu Tau are local chapters of nationally recognized honor societies. Each organization has its own membership requirements.