Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Administration Building

Academic Honors

Dean’s List:

Special recognition is awarded students who maintain a 3.3 grade point average during a semester in which they accumulate at least 42 grade points earned from enrollment in Bakersfield College courses. Students whose academic achievement is at this level shall be placed on the Dean’s List by the Office of Instruction and Student Services and are given general recognition on campus and in the community.

Graduation with Honors:

Students who have completed at least 60 units in degree applicable letter graded courses, have taken at least 12 of those units at Bakersfield College, and who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher are eligible for graduation with honors. The honors designation will appear on the diploma and transcript as follows:

Grade Point Average Honor Designation
3.50-3.69 Cum laude
3.70-3.89 Magna cum laude
3.90-4.0 Summa cum laude


Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society:

Phi Theta Kappa membership is based on academic achievement. Students must be enrolled in a regionally accredited institution offering an associate degree program. They must also complete a minimum of 12 hours of coursework leading to an associate degree, must generally have a 3.25 grade point average, and must enjoy full rights of citizenship. After induction, members must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher. There is a membership fee. Contact Charles Kim at or 661-720-2017 for more information.

President’s Scholars:

The President of Bakersfield College invites qualified members of each entering freshman class to participate in the President’s Scholars Program using criteria set up by the President’s Scholars/President’s Re-Entry Scholars Program.

Eligibility: High school graduate; 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher in grades 9-12; enroll at BC the fall semester directly following high school graduation; register in a minimum of 12 degree or transferable units.

Honorariums of $100 per semester and priority registration are based exclusively on meeting the program’s criteria each semester. To join the President's Scholars, fill out the online application

You may also download the application (PDF) and mail it along with a copy of your high school transcript to: Outreach and School Relations, Bakersfield College; 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305.

President’s Re-Entry Scholars Program:

The President’s Re-entry Scholars are re-entry students who have demonstrated, by their achievement at Bakersfield College, a commitment to academic excellence. Following completion of 12 degree applicable or transferable units at Bakersfield College, eligible students are invited to participate in the program. The program includes an honorarium award of $100 per semester and priority registration each eligible semester.

Contact Steve Watkin, Director of Outreach and School Relations, at

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