Honors & Awards
Alpha Gamma Sigma
Membership in Alpha Gamma Sigma is one of the highest honors a student may attain. A student is eligible for initial membership in Alpha Gamma Sigma the semester after achieving a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 in a program of at least 12 units (exclusive of physical education). All life members of the California Scholarship Federation who graduated with a minimum GPA of 3.50 are eligible for temporary membership their first semester at Santa Monica College. Permanent membership in Alpha Gamma Sigma is restricted to students who have completed at least 60 units, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50, and have been a certified member for at least one term, OR who have completed at least 60 units, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, and have been a certified member for at least two terms.
Alpha Mu Gamma
Alpha Mu Gamma is a national honorary foreign language society that encourages interest and scholarship in foreign languages and promotes international communication, enlightenment, and sympathetic understanding of other peoples and cultures.
Membership requirements are a grade of A (4.0) during two unrepeated semesters of studying the same language and an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher in two semesters of college-level courses. Candidates from countries where English is a foreign language may meet membership requirements in their native language by submitting transcripts showing the classes they completed in secondary school in their homeland and achieving an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher in one semester of college-level courses in the United States.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa was chartered at SMC in Fall 2001 to recognize and encourage scholarship among students at two-year colleges. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for: leadership development, scholarship, service, an intellectual climate that fosters the exchange of ideas and ideals, lively fellowship for scholars, and stimulating interest in continuing academic excellence.
An invitation to membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to full-time students who achieve a 3.0 grade point average.
Dean’s Honor List
Each Fall and Spring semester, a Dean’s Honor List of outstanding students is issued. To be eligible for the Dean’s Honor List, a student must have completed a program of 12 or more units at Santa Monica College during the qualifying Fall or Spring semester, and have earned a semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The units must be in courses that award an A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), or F (0.0) as a grade (grades of P, NP, or I are not included).
Record of this honor appears on a student’s transcript.
Graduation with Honors
Santa Monica College students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all college-level courses they have completed at SMC and at other regionally accredited colleges receive special recognition of their outstanding academic excellence at graduation. A record of their graduation honors will appear on their transcript.
To be eligible for honors at graduation, students must not only have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (including coursework from other colleges), but also meet all of SMC’s graduation requirements, including the completion of a minimum of 12 units of coursework while attending SMC. Students must also be in good academic standing (i.e., not on academic or progress probation) at the time they graduate.
A student’s cumulative grade point average must match the narrow range specified below for the student to be awarded one of the following honors with the Associate degree:
• Graduation with Highest Honors—requires a student to have attained a cumulative GPA of 4.0 (including coursework from other colleges) and completed a minimum of 12 units of coursework while attending SMC;
• Graduation with High Honors—requires a student to have attained a cumulative GPA ranging from 3.70 to 3.99 (including coursework from other colleges) and completed a minimum of 12 units of coursework while attending SMC; and
• Graduation with Honors—requires a student to have attained a cumulative GPA ranging from 3.0 to 3.69 (including coursework from other colleges) and completed a minimum of 12 units of coursework while attending SMC.
Students who have been suspended from the College—regardless of how excellent their grade point average might be—are not eligible to receive honors at graduation.
Monetary awards of various kinds—and in various amounts— are given in recognition of academic excellence and potential for success. Information on the requirements for awards can be obtained from the Scholarship Office. Students must have completed 12 units with a GPA of 2.5 at Santa Monica College to be eligible to apply for scholarships.