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Honors Societies and University Honors

Hall of Bronze Tablets at the University of Illinois' Main Library
Hall of Bronze Tablets at the University of Illinois' Main Library

Honor Societies

Several honor societies that induct students from all academic disciplines are active at the University of Illinois. Some of the more well-known honor societies include:

Many honor societies admit candidates enrolled in ACES-related fields of study, and some of them have chapters active on the Urbana campus. ACES-specific honorary societies with affiliates at the University of Illinois include, but are not limited to, the following:

Students should consult with these organizations’ local chapter advisors to learn about membership requirements and (if eligible) to obtain application materials.

For authoritative information about nationally accredited college honorary societies, please visit the Association of College Honors Societies (ACHS).

Bronze Tablet

Continuous academic achievement is recognized at the University of Illinois by inscribing students’ names on the Bronze Tablets which hang in the campus Library. Bronze Tablet recipients must rank in the top three percent of the students of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences graduating class and have at least a 3.5 (A = 4.0) cumulative grade point average for all work completed at the University through the academic term prior to their graduation. To be identified as a Bronze Tablet recipient, transfer students — in addition to meeting the general rules for qualification — must also have earned at least 40 semester hours at this University and have cumulative University of Illinois grade point averages as high as the lowest eligible students who completed all of their academic work on this campus.

Dean’s List

Each fall and spring semester, a Dean’s List is compiled of those students who have met the necessary academic conditions. The Student Code outlines all eligibility requirements for Dean’s List recognition (, section 3-401). To be named to the Dean’s List for a given semester, an ACES student must meet both of the following criteria:

1) Successful completion of at least 14 semester hours of coursework at the University of Illinois taken for letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F (note that classes on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and Credit/No Credit grading do not count towards this 14 hour minimum).


2) A grade point average placing the student in the top 20 % of all ACES students that semester in the student’s class. The minimum GPA for placement in the top 20% of ACES students is reviewed annually and adjusted as needed. Beginning Fall 2009, the minimum GPA to be eligible for the ACES Dean’s List is 3.70.

Graduation with Honors

In the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, honors are awarded to academically superior students at graduation, with the honors being designated on the diploma. The cumulative grade point average required for each category of honors is specified as follows: Highest Honors (summa cum laude), top 3%; High Honors (magna cum laude), top 7%; and Honors (cum laude), top 12%. Transfer students must meet the minimum cumulative grade point average for the respective honors designation for both the University of Illinois hours and cumulative hours. Please refer to (section 3-405, page 79).

Chancellor’s Scholars Program

The Campus Honors Program selects approximately 120 entering freshmen each fall from all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign colleges to be Chancellor’s Scholars. In most recent years, eight to ten students per class in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have been selected to participate in this program. Chancellor’s Scholars are expected to take one course offered by the Campus Honors Program per semester for their first two years in the program. In the junior and senior years, students enroll in Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars. More specific information is available from:

Campus Honors Program
1205 W. Oregon Street
Urbana, IL 61801