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Academic Honors, Prizes, and Scholarships


Semester Honors

To be eligible for semester honors, you must have completed a minimum of 12 units undertaken for letter grades at Berkeley and must have achieved the minimum GPA required by your school or college. Schools and colleges may establish additional criteria that you must also meet.

Honors at Graduation

To be eligible for honors in general scholarship at graduation, you must have completed a minimum of 50 semester units at the University of California, of which a minimum of 43 units must be undertaken for a letter grade; completed a minimum of 30 units at Berkeley; and achieved a GPA that ranks you in your college or school in the top 3 percent for highest honors, the next 7 percent for high honors, and the next 10 percent for honors. These criteria are minimal; consult your college or school office.

Honor Societies

Berkeley has a number of honor societies that elect students in recognition of academic excellence. Among these are Phi Beta Kappa, a national honor society; the Prytanean Society, founded in 1900 to honor upper division and graduate women for academic accomplishment and service to the University; the Honors Students Society; Tau Beta Pi, the national honor society for all engineering disciplines and various other engineering honor societies (see the Guide to Engineering Student Societies, produced by the Engineers Joint Council); Alpha Mu Gamma, a national society for students with demonstrated excellence in languages; and individual societies in most language departments. See your adviser for more information.

Prizes

Awards for outstanding ability in some area of creative, scholarly, or athletic achievement are available at Berkeley in two general categories: competitive prizes for creative effort or departmental awards for outstanding scholastic achievement. For more information, contact Undergraduate Scholarships, Prizes, and Honors at (510) 642-3498.

Scholarship Connection

Scholarship Connection is Berkeley’s clearinghouse for information on scholarships that are funded by sources outside the University. Enrolled Berkeley students may search for awards on Scholarship Connection’s online database at scholarships.berkeley.edu. In addition to providing information on many externally funded awards, Scholarship Connection also administers the campus recruitment and selection for several highly competitive awards, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships. Scholarship Connection offers workshops and individual advising to help applicants prepare competitive applications for these prestigious awards. For more information, visit scholarships.berkeley.edu or contact Scholarship Connection, 301 Campbell Hall, scholarships@learning.berkeley.edu, (510) 643-6929.

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