Criteria for the awarding of Latin Honors

Matriculated Fall 1999 or Later
Matriculated Fall 1997 - Spring 1999
Matriculated Prior to Fall 1997


I matriculated at Bowdoin College in the 1999 fall semester or later

If you matriculated at Bowdoin College in the 1999 fall semester and after, you fall under the Latin Honor rules as outlined in the 1999-2000 or subsequent Bowdoin Catalogue.

"Latin honors are awarded on the basis of the average of all grades earned at Bowdoin, with a minimum of 16 credits required for the computation."

Points Assigned to Compute the Average:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D = 1.0
F = 0.0

Half-credit courses are weighted as one half of a course. This figures in the computation of the GPA in two ways: 1) An A in a half-credit course is worth 2 points, a B is worth 1.5 points, and so on; 2) If you took five full-credit courses (example: earned straight Bs) and one half-credit course (example: earned an A), you divide the total of 17 points (example: 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 2) by 5.5 courses (not 6).

Latin Honors are awarded using the following percentages:

Summa cum Laude: awarded to students whose GPAs are in the top 2% of the graduating class.
Magna cum Laude: awarded to students whose GPAs are in the rest of the top 8% of the graduating class.
Cum Laude: awarded to students whose GPAs are in the rest of the top 20% of the graduating class.

When computing the average, never round the end result.

Please Note: Courses taken Credit/D/Fail for which you earned a CR grade are not figured into this formula. However, if you took a class Credit/D/Fail and earned a D or F, this D or F is included in the computation of the average. In addition, if you took the same course twice, only the first grade is included.


I matriculated at Bowdoin College in either academic year 1997 or academic year 1998

If you matriculated at Bowdoin College during either of those academic years, you fall under the Latin Honor rules as outlined in the 1998-1999 Bowdoin Catalogue.

"Latin honors are awarded on the basis of the average of all grades earned at Bowdoin, with a minimum of 16 credits required for the computation."

Points Assigned to Compute the Average:

=
4.0
A-
=
3.7
B+
=
3.3
B
=
3.0
B-
=
2.7
C+
=
2.3
C
=
2.0
C-
=
1.7
D
=
1.0
F
=
0.0

Half-credit courses are weighted as one half of a course. This figures in the computation of the GPA in two ways: 1) An A in a half-credit course is worth 2 points, a B is worth 1.5 points, and so on; 2) If you took five full-credit courses (example: earned straight Bs) and one half-credit course (example: earned an A), you divide the total 17 points (example: 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 2) by 5.5 courses (not 6).

Summa cum Laude: GPA must be 3.85 or higher.
Magna cum Laude: GPA must be 3.70 or higher.
Cum Laude: GPA must be 3.50 or higher.

When computing the average, never round the end result. If your GPA is 3.848 you qualify for Magna cum Laude and not Summa.

Please Note: Courses taken Credit/Fail for which you earned a CR grade are not figured into this formula. However, if you took a class Credit/Fail and failed, this F is included in the computation of the average. In addition, if you took the same course twice, only the first grade is included.


I matriculated at Bowdoin College prior to the 1997 fall semester

If you matriculated at Bowdoin College during this time, you fall under the Latin Honor rules as outlined in the 1996-1997 Bowdoin College Catalogue unless:

  1. you are a transfer student who spent less than six total semesters at Bowdoin; or
  2. you ever, at any point, received a grade of D or F either at Bowdoin or elsewhere while studying away. (This includes failing a course taken Credit/Fail.)

If you matriculated prior to fall 1997, but #1 or #2 apply to you, then you fall under the Latin Honor rules as outlined in the 1998-1999 Bowdoin Catalogue (see previous section).

"Latin honors are awarded on the basis of all grades earned at Bowdoin in the final six semesters."

Summa Cum Laude: within the final six semesters, at least 70% of the grades must be As and the rest Bs. This means no Cs at all.
Magna Cum Laude: within those final six semesters, 75% of your grades must be As or Bs. In addition to having two As for each C earned, 30% of the grades must be As over and above those As used to balance out the Cs.
Cum Laude: within those final six semesters, 75% of your grades must be As or Bs. Also, for every C that you may have, you must have two As.

Please Note: Courses taken Credit/Fail are not figured into this formula.