The Honors Program provides an opportunity for students with distinguished high school academic records who are newly entering the College. The program combines a four-year curriculum, co-curricular activities, and community for its members. There are a small number of spots held open for those students with exceptional qualifications who apply in their first year. For more information on the Honors Program, please see page 9 of the 2012-2014 Course Catalog.
The Dean's List was established to recognize undergraduate students' academic excellence. To be included on the Dean's List, which is compiled each semester, a student must have obtained a semester GPA of at least 3.50, have earned at least 12 credits using the letter grade system, and shall not have been found guilty of violating the Honor Code of Responsibility during that semester.
Departmental Honors Programs
Most departments of the College offer departmental honors to qualified students. Please see page 22 of the 2012-2014 Course Catalog for more specific information on departmental honors.
Academy is the honor society of Simmons College. Senior students who have demonstrated superior achievement according to the rules of the faculty and who have not been found guilty according to the Honor Code of Responsibility may qualify for admission after completing at least 48 semester hours of Simmons credit using the letter grade system. Students are considered for Academy at three times during their senior year. Usually as a result of this process, the number of students admitted into Academy equals about 10 percent of the senior class by the end of the academic year.
Summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude are granted to graduating seniors who achieve grade point averages at a distinguished level, have earned at least 48 semester hours of letter grades, and are not in violation of the honor code. The levels are as follows:
Summa Cum Laude 3.9 - 4.0
Magna Cum Laude 3.75 - 3.89
Cum Laude 3.55 - 3.74
Each spring students are selected for their outstanding contributions to the Simmons community and recognized by the following awards:
- Alumnae Award for Academic Achievement
- Alumnae Honor Award
- Contributions to a Multicultural Community Award
- Danielson Memorial Award
- Charlotte Mae Morocco Award
- Palmer Award
- President's Leadership Award
- Robert Rankin Award