Graduating with Honors

The College of Education offers  three levels of honors upon award of the bachelor’s degree: cum laude (honors)magna cum laude (high honors), and summa cum laude (highest honors). Honors recognition is noted on the university transcript and printed on the diploma.

The GPA used to determine honors includes only UF credits, earned after admission to the College, beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits (junior status).

Cum laude is earned automatically with a minimum 3.75 honors GPA at the time of graduation.

Magna cum laude is earned with a 3.75 GPA and a scholarly project deemed superior by the faculty at the time of graduation. Summa cum laude is earned with a 3.9 GPA and a scholarly project deemed superior by the faculty at the time of graduation. The scholarly project may be pursued in conjunction with the University Scholars Program (see information below) or independent of that program. Registration for one credit of Undergraduate Research is required in the final semester to be considered for magna cum laude or summa cum laude.

Honors GPA Requirements: College of Education

Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Summa Cum Laude
3.75 GPA on all courses taken at UF, while a student in the college, beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits. 3.75 or more GPA at the completion of BAE or BA; submission of an approved scholarly project. 3.9 or more GPA at the completion of BAE or BA; submission of an approved scholarly project deemed superior.


University Scholars Program 2024-2025


The purpose of the University Scholars Program is to introduce University of Florida undergraduate students to the exciting opportunities of working closely with UF faculty to pursue fundamental research and scholarly activities, thereby gaining valuable insight into how new knowledge is created and developed and how existing knowledge is focused on important problems.

This program will permit selected undergraduate students, who will be designated as University Scholars, to work one-on-one with a chosen faculty member on a research/creative project of mutual interest. From such interaction, the student will take away an understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly method, an experience that will be invaluable in many career opportunities, including graduate and professional schools. Students in all areas of undergraduate studies are encouraged to apply.

Students participating in this program will receive a $1,750 stipend to support research efforts under the faculty mentor.  This funded research will be conducted during the student’s junior or senior year.  The research structure will be developed in consultation with the mentor.


Students must have at least a 3.3 upper division GPA or a 3.0 GPA for a minimum of 75 hours of completed coursework. Students may not be graduating before Spring 2025. Undergraduate students in the College of Education and in other colleges are eligible to complete a project with a College of Education faculty mentor. Students participating in University Scholars will also complete variable credits of Undergraduate Research (EDG 4910) through participation.

How Do I Start?

The 2024-2025 University Scholars application should include the completed form, a statement of one page (maximum) describing the (a) purpose/rationale for the study; (b) description of the study/project; and (c) how the applicant hopes to benefit from the experience. A letter of endorsement from the faculty mentor who will supervise the work must also be included.

Applications should be submitted by Friday, February 23, 2024 to Aaron Ganas in EduGator Central, 1002 Norman Hall.

Selection of recipients will be determined by a COE Committee. Criteria for selection will include (a) quality of the written proposal and scholarly contribution of proposed work, (b) fit between topic and mentor’s area of research interests, (c) feasibility of conducting the study. It is unlikely that more than one project will be approved for a single faculty mentor.

Students will be notified of their selection by mid-March 2024, along with faculty mentors and school directors.

Students interested in becoming a University Scholar through the College of Education may contact Aaron Ganas in EduGator Central, 1002 Norman Hall with any questions and visit the University Scholars Program page for more information.