Semester honors are granted to students who complete at least 12 semester hours of courses, with at least eight hours graded, and earn a minimum grade point average of 3.50 for the semester; there must be no more than two hours of NP and no Incompletes at the time of evaluation (which is three weeks after the close of the semester). This achievement is recognized through publication of the dean’s list.

Graduation honors are granted to baccalaureate students. Three levels of achievement based on the cumulative grade point average are recognized:

Cum Laude - At least a 3.50 grade point average

Magna Cum Laude - At least a 3.75 grade point average

Summa Cum Laude - At least a 3.90 grade point average

Candidates for the baccalaureate degree must have completed at least 45 hours at Bethel University in order to be eligible for graduation honors. Credit hours earned through prior learning papers, and credits awarded through merely completing a test or examination may not be included in these hour requirements.

To receive honors recognition at commencement service, all graded classes must be completed and final grades received by the registrar by Tuesday noon before the commencement ceremony.