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Undergraduate Honors at Graduation

Please visit the UCSB General Catalog for information on Undergraduate Honors at Graduation. 

Recognition of Honors at commencement ceremonies

The blue and gold fourragère, the braided cord worn over the shoulder of the commencement gown, distinguishes those students who:

  • have achieved Highest Honors in the College of Letters and Science and the College of Engineering (based on the GPA chart below), or
  • are qualified for College Honors in the College of Letters and Science by completing 135.0 or more letter-grade UC units with a grade point average of at least 3.85, or
  • are in the College of Letters and Science Honors Program and have earned the Academic Excellence Award.



If you have questions, please contact your College office:
     Letters and Science
     Engineering
     Creative Studies


GPA calculator

Class Ranking: The University of California does not rank students at graduation.

The grade-point average thresholds for the honors categories listed below are calculated based on the population of graduates from the preceding academic year.  Grade-point averages are not rounded.  A minimum of 76.0 letter-graded UC units must be completed in order to be eligible for honors. 

Honors are awarded to the top 20% of undergraduate students in the following order:

Undergraduate Honors at Graduation

Fall 2016-Summer 2017

College of Engineering

College of Creative Studies
College of Letters & Science

Top 2.5% Highest Honors 3.95 GPA and above 3.87 GPA and above
Next 6% High Honors 3.80 - 3.94 3.72 - 3.86
Next 11.5% Honors 3.64 - 3.79 3.54 - 3.71

Undergraduate Honors at Graduation

Fall 2015-Summer 2016

College of Engineering

College of Creative Studies
College of Letters & Science

Top 2.5% Highest Honors 3.91 GPA and above 3.87 GPA and above
Next 6% High Honors 3.78 - 3.90 3.73 - 3.86
Next 11.5% Honors 3.61 - 3.77 3.55 - 3.72

Undergraduate Honors at Graduation

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

College of Engineering

College of Creative Studies
College of Letters & Science

Top 2.5% Highest Honors 3.89 GPA and above 3.87 GPA and above
Next 6% High Honors 3.77 - 3.88 3.72 - 3.86
Next 11.5% Honors 3.50 - 3.76 3.53 - 3.71

Undergraduate Honors at Graduation

Fall 2013-Summer 2014

College of Engineering

College of Creative Studies
College of Letters & Science

Top 2.5% Highest Honors 3.91 GPA and above 3.89 GPA and above
Next 6% High Honors 3.82 - 3.90 3.73 - 3.88
Next 11.5% Honors 3.58 - 3.81 3.54 - 3.72

Undergraduate Honors at Graduation

Fall 2012-Summer 2013

College of Engineering

College of Creative Studies
College of Letters & Science

Top 2.5% Highest Honors 3.92 GPA and above 3.86 GPA and above
Next 6% High Honors 3.76 - 3.91 3.71 - 3.85
Next 11.5% Honors 3.58 - 3.75 3.52 - 3.70