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Academic Regulation Standards/Degrees with Distinction

Standards for Graduation

There are standards which undergraduate and graduate students are held to in order to graduate. Be sure to visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/registrar/Graduation-Information.cfm in order to make sure you have met these standards.

Degrees With Distinction

Based on all work attempted at all higher education institutions throughout the students’ academic career and without regard to institutional practices which substitute or “forgive” grades, three levels of distinction are granted to graduating undergraduate students as follows:

  1. Summa Cum Laude for a cumulative average of 3.90
  2. Magna Cum Laude for a cumulative average of 3.60
  3. Cum Laude for a cumulative average of 3.50

First Undergraduate Degree

Degrees with distinction are granted to transfer students under the following conditions.

  1. The student must complete through enrollment in East Carolina University at least one-half the minimum number of hours required for the degree.
  2. The student must have the required average on all work taken through enrollment in East Carolina University.
  3. The student must have a cumulative average that meets the requirements for the appropriate degree with distinction on all work attempted (all ECU and transfer work, including courses where the grade replacement policy has been applied). If transfer work includes grades of D or F, those grades will be included in the calculation for degrees of distinction.

Second Undergraduate Degree

Second undergraduate degrees with distinction are awarded under the following conditions.

  1. The student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours through enrollment in East Carolina University.
  2. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on course work for the second degree and a cumulative average that meets the requirement for the degree with distinction on all course work attempted for the first degree as well as for the second degree.
  3. If transfer work includes grades of D or F, those grades will be included in the calculation for degrees of distinction.