Bakersfield College

Academic Honors

Dean’s List

Special recognition is accorded students who maintain a 3.3 grade point average during a semester in which they accumulateat least 42 grade points earned from enrollment in Bakersfield College courses. Students whose academic achievement is at this level are placed on the Dean’s List by the Office of Academic Affairs 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
3.90–4.00 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 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 fee for membership in this organization.

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. Honorariums of $100 per semester and priority registration are based exclusively on meeting the program’s criteria each semester.

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. This program is designed for students who are 25 years old or older, or students who have been out of school for five years. Honorariums are $100 per semester and priority registration is based on meeting the program’s criteria each semester. An explanation of eligibility requirements and information about the program is available.

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