The names of undergraduates who have achieved grade point averages for a given semester in the top 20 percent of their college class will be included on a list prepared for the Dean of the college. To be eligible for Dean's List recognition, students must successfully complete a minimum of 14 graded Illinois semester hours and have a grade point average in the top 20 percent of their college class. In previous years, the semester grade point average for the College of Applied Health Sciences has generally been 3.7 or higher. Only grades in hand at the time the list is compiled will be considered in determining eligibility unless it can be established that the final grade average will be above the minimum required regardless of the grade eventually received; students with I, DFR, or missing grades will be added as soon as letter grades are received and eligibility can be determined. Credits earned during the semester through proficiency and advanced placement examinations may not be counted toward the 14-semester-hour requirement.
Honors at Graduation
University Honors – Bronze Tablet
Continuous academic achievement is recognized by inscribing the student's name on a Bronze Tablet that hangs on a wall of the Main Library. To qualify, an undergraduate student must have at least a 3.5 (A = 4.0) cumulative grade point average for all work taken at the University through the academic term prior to graduation, and rank, on the basis of his or her cumulative grade point average (including University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and transfer work, if any) through the academic term prior to graduation, in the top 3 percent of the students in his or her college graduating class.
Transfer students, in addition to meeting the general rules for qualification, must satisfy two additional requirements: they must have cumulative University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grade point averages as high as the lowest ones listed for students in their colleges who qualify on the basis of having completed all of their work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and they must earn 40 or more semester hours at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign through the academic term prior to graduation.
For the purpose of this award, college graduating class means all students receiving bachelor's degrees from the same University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign college between July 1 of each year and June 30 of the next.
For the purpose of this award, academic term prior to graduation means: for August graduates, the preceding spring semester; for October graduates, the preceding spring semester; for December graduates, the preceding summer session; for May graduates, the preceding fall semester. The list will be determined each year after grades for the fall semester are available. To be considered in the calculation of University Honors, all grade corrections must be recorded by the end of the eighth week of the spring semester.
A student must have earned an Illinois grade point average of 3.250 or higher based on a minimum of 55 graded semester hours.
A student must have earned an Illinois grade point average of 3.500 or higher based on a minimum of 55 graded semester hours.
A student must have earned an Illinois grade point average of 3.750 or higher based on a minimum of 55 graded semester hours.
James Scholar Program
The Edmund J. James Scholar Program in the College of Applied Health Sciences is designed for undergraduates who have demonstrated exceptional ability through superior academic performance. Designation by the University as "James Scholars" recognizes students of extraordinary ability and achievement. The program provides opportunities for these students to use their time and talents in ways that can further enrich their educational experience. It entitles students to certain academic privileges, including early registration time and extended use of library facilities, and charges them with the responsibility for seeking sustained intellectual achievement throughout their undergraduate careers.
The top incoming freshmen are invited to participate in the James Scholar program. These students are notified of their designation with a letter from the dean of the college. Continuing or transfer students with a 3.5 cumulative and semester grade point average may self nominate. Certified James Scholars must continue to meet program requirements each academic year to remain in good standing.
To be certified as a James Scholar each year, students must complete at least two honors courses (freshman are only required to complete one) during the academic year and earn a 3.5 cumulative and semester grade point average and complete 14 graded hours (Freshman only are required to have 12 graded hours after the fall semester). At the end of each academic year, the transcripts of James Scholars are examined to determine if these criteria have been fulfilled.
Commencement and Convocation
College of AHS students have the opportunity to participate in two graduation ceremonies—commencement, which is a University-wide ceremony and convocation, which is a College of AHS ceremony.