Student Activities Center

Awards and Honors

This page is intended to inform students of the University of New Mexico about university-wide honors conferred on students with outstanding academic records. Students should check with their individual departments and colleges for further information on departmental and college honors and awards. For further information, contact the Student Activities Center at (505) 277-4706, Student Union Building, room 1018.

Baccalaureate Honors

Designations of cum laude (3.5-3.74), magna cum laude (3.75-3.89), and summa cum laude (3.9-4.0) are awarded to UNM baccalaureate level graduates who have earned at least 60 hours in residence and the cumulative grade point averages listed in parentheses. Honors designations will be printed on the diploma, the Commencement program and the student's permanent record. Baccalaureate Honors are automatically awarded. No application is necessary. Only first baccalaureate degree candidates are eligible for graduation with honors.

Clauve Outstanding Senior Award

This award is presented to outstanding seniors who have performed well academically and made significant contributions to the campus community through their outstanding leadership and involvement in student organizations and activities. Nominations are solicited in January with a deadline in mid February. Usually six to eight students are recognized at the April Recognition Reception.  Contact the Student Activities Center, SUB room 1018 / 277-4706, for more information.

Dean's List

The Dean's list is based on a student's grade point average, and is designated by the individual colleges of the university. Students should check with their college administration office for further information on departmental and college honors and awards.

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors program is available to qualified students in many departments. Interested students should contact the chairperson of their major department or the dean of their college regarding the availability of a program. Usually, students enter a departmental honors program in their junior year. Departmental honors confer the status of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude on graduating students.

Honorary Chartered Student Organizations

There are numerous honorary chartered student organizations on campus, each requiring application. Go to our chartered student organization webpage to see the listing of honorary chartered student organizations.  We recommend searching both the Honorary and Academic/Departmental categories to find a group you many be qualified for. Some of them include:

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Health Care)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology)
  • Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting, Finance and Information Systems)
  • Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineering)
  • Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling)
  • Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical and Chemical Engineering)
  • Golden Key National Honor Society (General Honor Society)
  • Kappa Kappa Psi (Bandmembers)
  • Kappa Omicron Nu (Human Sciences)
  • Mortar Board (Senior General Honor Society)
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (General Honor Society)
  • Order of Omega (Fraternity and Sorority)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honor Society)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (See Also Below)
  • Phi Sigma Pi (Honor Fraternity)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
  • Psi Chi (Psychology)
  • Rho Chi (Pharmacy)
  • Tau Beta Pi (Engineering)

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is an honor society for those seniors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and juniors with a 4.0 average after the fall semester of their junior year. Faculty review students for membership. For current information about the UNM Chapter, please go to the Phi Beta Kappa national website: and click on chapters in the left hand column.

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi, an academic honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all fields of higher education. Those elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi include the upper 7.5% of last-term juniors and the upper 10% of seniors, along with outstanding graduate students, faculty, and alumni. To get more information about UNM's Phi Kappa Phi chapter, go to their national website: and click on Members and then Chapter Directory.

Recognition Reception

This reception is held to honor students for excellence in academics, volunteerism, and leadership. A keynote speaker and refreshments highlight the program held every year in April. The reception is sponsored by the Student Activities Center. The following awards are presented at the reception:

  • African American Student Services Awards
  • Alumni Citizenship & Scholarship Awards
  • American Indian Student Service Awards
  • ASUNM Awards
  • Clauve Senior of the Year Awards
  • El Centro de la Raza Awards
  • GPSA Awards
  • National Scholarship Announcements
  • Residence Hall Awards

University Honors Program

University Honors seminars are interdisciplinary and fulfill college group requirements. Seminars are open to undergraduate students in all disciplines and colleges. The program confers the status of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude on graduating students. To receive these honors, students with a 3.2 or higher cumulative grade point average must apply to the program and successfully complete the required amount of honors credit hours. University College Building, 277-4211.

Who's Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges

Applications are due in November and applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, minimum of 60 hours earned, campus co-curricular activities and leadership and other contributions to the campus and surrounding communities.  Seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply for Who's Who as well. Students are notified of selection in January and honored at the annual Who's Who reception in February.  Contact the Student Activities Center for more information (SUB room 1018, 277-4706). Click here for the 2015-2016 Who's Who application.