Outstanding academic achievement is recognized at the close of each fall and spring semester by announcement of the Dean’s List: Highest Honors indicates a grade point average of 3.80 or higher, High Honors an average between 3.67 and 3.79, and Honors an average between 3.33 and 3.66. Students must have earned at least 12 college-level credits in any given semester to qualify for the Dean’s List. An Incomplete on the record disqualifies a student from Dean’s List status for the semester the ”I” grade was given. Dean’s List status and Honors cannot be awarded retroactively.
Honor Scholars Program (HSP)
The Mount Ida College Honor Scholars Program seeks to engage and challenge academically accomplished and motivated students through Honor experiences that include independent research and/or creative projects, one-on-one mentoring relationships with faculty, special co-curricular activities, and compilation of an Honor ePortfolio that preserves all Honor work. Students selected as Honor Scholars become members of an intellectual community that offers enriched academic and leadership development opportunities.
Honor Scholars receive a special designation on their transcript and recognition at graduation, and may also be eligible for Latin honors and society memberships, depending on specific requirements.
Honor Scholars must enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.50 every semester, with one semester of probation allowed. To graduate as an Honor Scholar, students must complete at least two honor contracts and present at least one contract at the HSP spring reception. All contracts must be described in detail in an Honor Contract Proposal, which is developed by the student and supervising faculty member, and reviewed and approved by the Honor Scholars Program Director.
Honor Societies: Eligibility Requirements
Alpha Chi: Alpha Chi is a coeducational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. Membership in Alpha Chi is open to junior and senior undergraduate students, and graduate students who have completed 15 credits, who rank in the top 10% of their class. Undergraduate students transferring from another institution become eligible for membership after 24 credits taken in residence.
Phi Beta Delta: Phi Beta Delta is the first national honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. The goals of the society are to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities; to serve as a vehicle for the development of academic-based international programming; to provide a network on each campus of faculty, staff and students involved in international endeavors; and to extend this network to thousands of members in chapters across the country and throughout the world. Membership is open to international students in the United States on non-immigrant visas and to students who have participated in a Mount Ida College study abroad or international exchange program and are juniors or seniors. New members must have a CGPA of 3.30 or higher. Membership is also open to faculty and staff who have participated in international endeavors.
Phi Theta Kappa: Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education. The purpose of the Society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students in associate degree programs. Membership is open to freshmen and sophomores who have completed twelve credit hours at Mount Ida College with a 3.50 CGPA. To retain membership, students must maintain a CGPA of no less than 3.00. Students falling below the maintenance standard of 3.00 for a given semester must earn a 3.50 in the following semester or their membership will be revoked.
Pi Sigma Eta: The objective of Pi Sigma Eta is to promote fellowship and individual and collective efforts toward a better understanding of the funeral service profession. To be eligible, a student must have been enrolled as a funeral service major for at least one semester and have achieved a 3.00 grade point average.
Sigma Beta Delta: Sigma Beta Delta was established to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration and to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Sigma Beta Delta has installed over 400 chapters in 47 states and internationally, with over 80,000 members. Membership is limited to the top 20 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled in business majors.
Sigma Phi Alpha: Sigma Phi Alpha is the national honor society of the dental hygiene profession. Membership of Sigma Phi Alpha includes elected dental hygiene educators and graduates of accredited dental hygiene programs with high scholastic achievement. The purpose of Sigma Phi Alpha is to promote, recognize, and honor scholarship, leadership, and service among dental hygiene students and graduates of dental hygiene programs. Membership in the society is limited to the top 10 percent of the senior class. Selection is based on scholarship, service, leadership and exhibition of potential qualities for future growth.