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Academic Excellence

Drury recognizes academic excellence in several ways.

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List is published at the end of each term and includes all full-time students (at least 12 semester hours), whose GPA is 3.6 or higher each semester.

Honors at Graduation

Only grades earned while in residence at Drury University are used in determining honors at graduation.

Degrees with Distinction

The degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music Education with Honors, Bachelor of Music Therapy, Bachelor of Music Therapy with Honors, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science with Honors, Master of Architecture and Master of Architecture with Honors are awarded with merit in three grades: with distinction, cum laude; with high distinction, magna cum laude; and with highest distinction, summa cum laude.

  • Candidates will be recommended for the degree cum laude if they have been in residence at least two years, have completed no fewer than 60 semester hours at Drury and have attained a GPA of 3.6 during those years.
  • Candidates will be recommended for the degree magna cum laude if they have been in residence at least two years, have completed no fewer than 60 semester hours at Drury and have attained a GPA of 3.75 during those years.
  • Candidates will be recommended for the degree summa cum laude if they have been in residence at least three years, have completed no fewer than 90 semester hours at Drury and have attained a GPA of 3.9 during those years.

First Honors Students

The student of the graduating class who has been in attendance at the university at least three years, having completed no fewer than 90 semester hours at Drury and whose standing is the highest through the course will be awarded first honors.