Dean's list

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A dean's list is a category of students in a college or university who achieve high grades during their stay in an academic term or academic year. In secondary schools, or high schools, the term consistent honor list or honor roll is more common, but dean's list and consistent honor list are generally synonymous. It is most often found in North America but is also used by universities in Australia and the Philippines. Some colleges in Europe and Asia also use the term, at least at graduation.

Its meaning varies from institution to institution, and other terms are sometimes used instead in place of dean. Examples include provost's list, chancellor's list, president's list, rector's list and director's list (e.g. in Wharton).[1]

North America[edit]

The dean's list GPA requirements vary from school to school; however, there are rough "standards":

With the GPA scale from 0 to 4, 4 being an A, the dean's list cutoff is typically 3.5.[2][3][4]

Different from an academic scholarship, the dean's list award does not come with any financial aid. However, students high on the dean's list are often offered extra financial aid, especially if they express a desire to transfer or exhibit more financial need.

Recognition is often granted at graduation for students that were in the dean's list for more than one semester. At some universities, the dean's list is also a transcriptable honor.

The dean to which the list is referring is the dean of the entire school, not the dean of academic affairs.


A number of universities in Australia produce a dean's list in respect of each faculty. Students are generally eligible to appear on the dean's list if they have achieved an average grade of high distinction for the year.


Ateneo De Manila University - Quezon City, in the Philippines produces a Dean's Honor List De La Salle University – Dasmariñas, Cavite in the Philippines produces a Dean's Honor List. Likwise De La Salle University - Manila in the Philippines produces a Dean's Honors List which includes incentives.