Student Academic Performance

Classification of a student is based upon the number of hours completed toward the intended degree. The student’s academic advisor keeps track of this classification and updates it accordingly. The following formula is helpful in determining your student classification:

Student Classification Formula

CREDIT HOURS

CLASSIFICATION

CATEGORY

0-15

1

Freshman

16-30

2

2nd Semester Freshman

31-45

3

Sophomore

46-60

4

2nd Semester Sophomore

61-75

5

Junior

76-90

6

2nd Semester Junior

91-105

7

Senior

106+

8

2nd Semester Senior

Dean’s List and Semester Honors

Achieving semester honors depends on the number of hours you take per semester and the GPA you receive for that semester (semester index) and the final GPA that accumulated after your semester grades have been averaged in (graduation index). Below is an outline of requirements to receive Semester Honors.

Dean’s List Requirements

  • Enrolled and passed at least 12 semester hours
  • Graduation index must be 3.5 (cumulative GPA)

Semester Honors

  • Registered for at least 6 semester hours with a semester index of at least 3.5 (current term GPA)
  • Graduation index must be at least a 2.0

Graduating With Distinction

With Distinction

  • Minimum of 65 hours of credit earned at Purdue University included in the computation of the graduation index 
  • A candidate for an associate degree with distinction must have a minimum of 35 hours of credit earned at Purdue University included in the computation of the graduation index
  • The minimum graduation index for graduation with distinction in each school shall be no less than the 90th percentile of the graduation indexes of the graduates in each school, for the spring semester, provided that the index is at least 3.30
  • The minimum graduation index so determined in the spring for each school shall be applied for graduation with distinction for the sub sequent summer session and fall semester

With Highest Distinction

  • Of those graduates who qualify for distinction under these rules for the spring semester, the three-tenths of the baccalaureate graduates having the highest graduation indexes shall be designated as graduating with highest distinction, irrespective of the schools from which they graduate
  • The three-tenths of the spring associate degree graduates having the highest graduation indexes will be designated as graduating with highest distinction
  • The minimum graduation indexes so determined for graduation with highest distinction shall be applied for graduation with highest distinction for the subsequent summer session and fall semester