Honors & Awards

Undergraduate Academic Honors

Dean’s List

Dean's List honors are awarded to full-time students who complete at least 12 credit hours with no failures and earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the semester. Part-time students are eligible for Dean's List honors upon completion of at least 12 credit hours in two consecutive semesters with no failures and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the two consecutive semesters.

Delta Epsilon Rho

All students who achieve the honor of being placed on the Dean's List for three consecutive semesters shall be designated by the Vice President for Academic Affairs as being eligible for induction into the Delta Epsilon Rho Honor Society.

Graduation with Honors

Graduation honors are awarded to students in a bachelor's degree program whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the time of graduation ranks within the top 25% of that student's academic college. A student must complete a minimum of 45 Wilmington University residency requirements in order to be considered for honors. A maximum of 15 credit hours of challenge by exam and/or prior-learning assessment credit can be applied toward the residency requirement.

Specific honors are based upon the GPA distribution (computed to three decimal places) within each academic College.

  • Summa Cum Laude: highest 5%
  • Magna Cum Laude: next 8%
  • Cum Laude: next 12%

Undergraduate Academic Awards

Academic awards are given to students completing requirements for an undergraduate degree. These awards are described below:

College of Arts and Sciences

This award is given to a bachelor's degree recipient from the College of Arts and Sciences. The award is granted to a student with a distinguished academic record who has demonstrated excellence in achieving the goals of his or her respective program.

College of Business

This award is given to a bachelor's degree recipient from the College of Business. The student must have a distinguished academic record which demonstrates excellence in fulfilling the goals of his or her program of study.

College of Education

This award is given to a bachelor's degree recipient in the College of Education. The recipient must have achieved distinguished academic standing which demonstrates a strong commitment to the education profession.

College of Health Professions

This award is given to a bachelor's degree recipient in the College of Health Professions who has a distinguished academic record and exemplifies the spirit of the health care profession.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

This award is given to a bachelor's degree recipient who has a distinguished academic record, has displayed high standards of scholarship, and has demonstrated excellence in his or her field of study.

College of Technology

This award is given to a bachelor's degree recipient from the College of Technology. The student must have a distinguished academic record which demonstrates excellence in one or more fields of information technology, communications, or design.

Graduate Academic Awards

Doctor of Business Administration

This award is given to a graduating student in the Doctor of Business Administration degree program who has a distinguished academic record, has consistently demonstrated the highest standards of professional scholarship, has made a significant contribution to a professional field, and has demonstrated excellence in fulfilling the ideals of the D.B.A. program.

Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education Award is given to a graduating student in the Doctor of Education degree program who has a distinguished academic record, has consistently demonstrated the highest standards of professional scholarship, has made a significant contribution to a professional field, and has demonstrated excellence in fulfilling the ideals of the Ed.D. program.

Graduate Social and Behavioral Science

The Graduate Social and Behavioral Science Award is given to the graduating student in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences who has a distinguished academic record, has exemplified the highest standards of graduate-level scholarship, and has demonstrated excellence in fulfilling the purpose and meeting the goals of the program.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts Award is given to a graduating student in the MAT program. The student must have a distinguished academic record, as evidenced by cumulative grade point average, and must have made significant contributions to his or her field of expertise, academically or in the work center.

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration Award is given to a graduating student in the MBA program. The student must have a distinguished academic record, as evidenced by cumulative grade point average, and must have made significant contributions to his/her field of expertise, academically or professionally.

Master of Education

The Master of Education Award is given to a graduating student in a Master of Education degree program who has achieved the highest academic standing, has consistently exemplified the highest standards of graduate-level scholarship, and has made significant contributions in his or her respective fields.

Master of Science in Accounting

This award is given to a graduating Master of Science in Accounting student who has demonstrated sustained academic excellence as evidenced by cumulative grade point average.  In addition to academic excellence, the student should have demonstrated significant contributions to the accounting profession through professional organizations or in professional practice.

Master of Science in Information Systems Technologies

This award is given to a graduating student in the College of Technology who has a distinguished academic record, exemplified the highest standards of graduate-level scholarship, and demonstrated excellence in fulfilling the purpose and meeting the goals of the program.

Master of Science in Management

This award is given to a graduating Master of Science in Management student who has demonstrated sustained academic excellence, documented by cumulative grade point average. The student must also provide evidence of superior graduate-level scholarship, as well as demonstrate excellence in fulfilling the purpose of the Management  degree program.

Master of Science in Nursing

This award is given to a graduating MSN student who has a distinguished academic record and who exemplifies the spirit of professional nursing.