Honors List and Dean's List

A student whose grade point average for the preceding semester is 3.70 or better is placed on the Honors List. A student who attains an average of 3.25 or better is placed on the Dean’s List. In both cases, to be eligible, the student must have satisfactorily completed three course credits in courses for which the standard grading option was utilized. (In addition, there may be no grade below “C-,” where “NP” grades are considered to be below “C-.”) 

Honor Societies and Similar Recognition

Alpha Kappa Delta—sociology

Benjamin Rush—health professions

Black Pyramid—senior honorary society

Eta Sigma Phi—classics

Gamma Kappa Alpha—Italian

John Marshall—pre-law

Mu Upsilon Sigma—instrumental music

Omicron Delta Epsilon—economics

Phi Alpha Theta—history

Phi Beta Kappa—scholarship

Pi Delta Phi—French

Pi Gamma Mu—social science

Pi Mu Epsilon—mathematics

Pi Sigma Alpha—political science

Psi Chi—psychology

Sigma Delta Pi—Spanish

Sigma Pi Sigma—physics

Phi Beta Kappa recognizes superior intellectual achievement in the pursuit of liberal education. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the premiere academic undergraduate honorary society. The Theta Chapter of Pennsylvania was established at Franklin & Marshall College in 1908.

Each year, resident members of the Chapter meet to review students’ credentials and elect new members, predominantly seniors, plus a few highly exceptional juniors.

The Society seeks students with outstanding records and good character who have developed the qualities of mind that are the aim of a liberal, humane education and approach their studies with intellectual curiosity in pursuit of a comprehensive understanding of the natural and social worlds.

Evaluation of candidates is based on various indicators of the intellectual spirit, including but not limited to high grades, the opinions of professors and professional staff familiar with candidates’ achievements, participation in upper-level classes, independent research, competency in areas such as quantitative analytical skills and foreign languages and sparing use of the Withdrawal and Pass/No Pass options. Students should normally have completed either coursework in three different disciplines in at least two divisions (a minimum of two courses, one of which must be beyond the introductory level) or a double major or major/minor in two different divisions. These guidelines will pertain to Special Studies and interdisciplinary majors as well.

Dana Scholars

The Dana Scholars program, made possible by the Charles A. Dana Foundation, recognizes about 70 continuing students of high academic achievement, outstanding character and leadership potential. Dana Scholars are nominated by the faculty.

Andrew M. Rouse Scholars

The Andrew M. Rouse Scholarship, endowed by and named in honor of Andrew M. Rouse ’49, former Trustee of the College, seeks to recognize two outstanding first-year students who have demonstrated high academic achievement, strong character and significant leadership skills, whether through their communities, schools, or religious organizations. Rouse Scholars should have the potential to make a positive and significant impact on the student body, and to contribute to the legacy of the College. The scholarship covers all academic costs, including full tuition, books and laboratory fees and is renewable for three years (subject to demonstrating academic eligibility and showing leadership at the College). Each scholar is eligible to apply for a $3,000 research/travel grant that will enable the student to develop further his or her leadership skills.