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Honors / Awards

Dean's List

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must be matriculated, complete a minimum of 12 credits (not including "P" grades), receive no incomplete grades for that semester, attain a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Part-time students taking fewer than 12 credits per semester and who complete 12 or more credits during the academic year - are eligible for Dean’s List status once a year, in the spring semester, under the previously-stated guidelines.


Private Scholarship Program

Matriculated students who are registered for classes on a full- time basis and will have 24 Ramapo College credits at the end of the semester of application, should contact the Office of Academic Affairs (Mansion, first floor) for information regarding scholarship opportunities.

Each semester, the College announces the availability of academic achievement scholarships made possible by gifts and contributions and encourages applications from eligible students. Scholarship awards are made upon formal application which is reviewed by a Scholarship Selection Committee and recommended to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Scholarships are customarily given in the form of tuition awards and are of various amounts.

Examples of scholarships awarded in 2001-2002 are: Mary K. Fanale Memorial, The Anisfield, Coppertone, Francis J. Dwyer Memorial, Jeanette Krieger Mytelka Memorial, Martha E. Francois Memorial, Frank and Lillian Mutter, Frank and Becky Kraus, Jeanette Krieger Mytelka Memorial, Katherine Liessem Memorial, Dominic Palazzotto Memorial, David Blauer Memorial, Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Memorial, and Fred and Florence Thomases.


National / Local Honor Societies

BETA BETA BETA is a biological honor society for students. Particularlyfor undergraduates BBB seeks to encourage scholarly attainment in biological science by reserving membership for those who achieve a superior academic record. BBB is dedicated to cultivating interest in biological science and promoting an appreciation of the value of biological study. Ramapo's chapter belongs to the national association which was founded in 1925. Each year Ramapo welcomes into membership those students who show a strong interest in Biology and who meet the standards of academic achievement set by the local chapter. (Advisor: Professor Richard Lowell)

CHI ALPHA EPSILON was founded to recognize the academic achievement of students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria who utilize developmental education support services. Its purpose is to promote continued high academic standards, foster increased communication among its members, and honor the academic excellence of those students admitted to the college via developmental program pathways. (Advisor: Grace Tacher)

DELTA MU DELTA, a national business administration honor society, provides special recognition for outstanding School of Administration and Business students. Eligibility for induction through Delta Nu, the Ramapo College Chapter, is typically determined beginning in the junior year, and is dependent upon a GPA in the upper 20%. (Faculty Advisors: Professors Susan Eisner and Constance Crawford)

OMICRON DELTA EPSILON, a national economics honor society, provides special recognition for outstanding economics students. (Advisor: Professor Theresa Hutchins)

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA, a national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, and alumni, gives recognition to meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities, promotes outstanding scholarship, and encourages the development of general campus citizenship. . (Advisor: Deborah Spina, Director of Student Activities/Greek Affairs)

ORDER OF OMEGA, a national honor society which recognizes outstanding students who have attained a high standard of leadership in inter-Greek organization activities and encourages them to continue developing their potential and inspire others to strive for similar excellence. . (Advisor: Deborah Spina, Director of Student Activities/Greek Affairs)

PHI ALPHA is a national social work honor society. Ramapo is home to the THETA DELTA CHAPTER. The purposes of the PHI ALPHA Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. PHI ALPHA fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those students who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.. (Advisor: Professors Mitch Kahn and Sue Scher)

PHI ALPHA DELTA, an international fraternity of pre-law and law school students which creates a bond between students, teachers of the law, and members of the Bench and Bar in a fellowship that promotes the welfare of its members and encourages their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement. (Advisor: Professor Mark Howenstein)

PHI ALPHA THETA, a national history honor society, provides special recognition for outstanding history students. (Advisors: Professors Stephen Rice and Alex Urbiel)

PI SIGMA ALPHA, a national political science honor society, provides special recognition for outstanding political science students. (Advisor: Professor Ronald Hayashida)

PSI CHI, a national psychology honor society, provides special recognition for outstanding psychology students. (Advisor: Professor Marshall Harth)

SIGMA TAU DELTA, an international literature honors society, provides special recognition for outstanding literature students. (Advisor: Professor Ed Shannon)

SIGMA Xl, the Scientific Research Society, is a national honor society that is dedicated to the encouragement of research in pure and applied science. Election into the society provides recognition of achievements in research and/or promise of future research accomplishments. (Advisor: Professors Robert Mentore and Arthur Felix)


Student Honors and Awards

The College values academic quality and student service, and it recognizes those values by making special efforts to acknowledge those students whose academic achievement and service have been exemplary. The Dean’s Dinner, the Honors Convocation, and the May commencement are occasions when many outstanding students are recognized.


College Honors Program

Director: Martha Ecker, Office of Academic Affairs
Mansion, first floor

The College Honors Program is designed for outstanding students possessing a desire for academic challenge and a commitment to study; and provides those students individualized academic guidance from a faculty mentor overseeing a rigorous course of major study.

Students enrolled in the Program complete "Honors Option" coursework and an Honors Project. The Honors Option transforms regular courses into advanced and enriched learning experiences through exploration of subject matter in greater detail and in a more demanding nature than called for in the syllabus.

The Honors Project is an in-depth presentation relating to the major course of study representing the culmination of a student’s association with the Program at the College. The project, proposed and approved in the Junior year, is undertaken in the Senior year as an Independent Study under the guidance of a faculty member. The project may take the form of a research paper or other creative project and is evaluated with regard to the advanced nature of research, originality of thinking, and quality of presentation.

Students associated with the College Honors Program are not only rewarded by a more stimulating and enhanced undergraduate education, but also gain advantage when seeking career opportunities and admission to graduate and professional study. Students receive recognition for their participation at special honors receptions, the Honors Convocation, the graduation ceremony, and on their transcript.

Admission to the College College Honors Program
Students can apply for admission to the College Honors Program during their first semester at Ramapo College. (The Office of Admissions may recommend students to the Director of the College Honors Program.) Eligibility will be determined by examination of high school records, grade point index, SAT scores, and extra-curricular/leadership activities.

Students transferring to Ramapo College will be admitted to the College Honors Program if they completed an College Honors Program at the college from which they are transferring. Transfer students who were not in an College Honors Program may make application to the Ramapo College Honors Program in their first semester at Ramapo College and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Applications and further information are available from:
The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
College Honors Program

Requirements for the College Honors Program -Non-Transfer Students:
Honors Seminar for incoming honors students (optional)
(taken in second semester of first year at Ramapo College) - 3 cr.
One 200-level H-option course - 3 cr.
Two 300-level H-option courses - 6 cr.
Seminar to prepare Senior Thesis - 3 cr.
(taken after H-options and after earning 85 credits)
Senior Thesis (taken in last semester before graduation) - 3 cr.

Requirements for the College Honors Program - Transfer Students
1. Students transferring to Ramapo College with fewer than 60 transfer credits - requirements same as Non-Transfer Student Requirements above.
2 Students transferring to Ramapo College with 60 or more transfer credits:
Honors Seminar for incoming honors students (optional) - 3 cr.
Two 300-level H-option courses - 6 cr.
Seminar to prepare Senior Thesis - 3 cr.
(taken after H-options and after earning 85 credits)
Senior Thesis (taken in last semester before graduation) - 3 cr.
Total of 12 - 15 cr.

Note: Students must maintain a 3.5 cumulative G.P.A. Students are recommended to take one H-option course in an experiential component.

College Honors Program Web site


Graduation with Distinction

Latin Honors will be awarded to graduates who have completed a minimum of 65 credits (not including "P" grades) at Ramapo College and achieved a cumulative grade point average (including "R" grade credits) as follows:
3.50 - 3.69 - cum laude
3 70 - 3.84 - magna cum laude
3.85 - 4.00 - summa cum laude
Students who have graduated from Ramapo College and who return for a second degree are awarded Graduation with Distinction as follows:
o Students completing 65 or more graded Ramapo credits are awarded Latin Honors based on the guidelines outlined above.
o Students completing between 30 and 64 graded Ramapo credits and have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher from both the first Ramapo degree and the second Ramapo degree are awarded Latin Honors based on the final G.P.A. of the second degree (career) as indicated above.

Graduation with Distinction (Latin Honors)
Latin honors will be awarded to graduates who have completed a minimum of 65 graded credits (not including "P" grades) at Ramapo College and who have achieved a cumulative grade point average (including "R" grade credits) as follows:
3.50-3.69 cum laude
3.70-3.84 magna cum laude
3.85-4.00 summa cum laude
Graduating students participating in the College Honors Program will also receive an Honors Certificate and an Honors Medal.

Latin Honors for Second Degree Candidates
1. Graduation with Distinction (Latin Honors) is awarded to graduates who have completed 30-64 graded Ramapo credits (not including "P" grades), graduated with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.50 in their first Ramapo Baccalaureate, and have achieved a cumulative G.P.A. in their second degree career as follows:
3.50-3.69 cum laude
3.70-3.84 magna cum laude
3.85-4.00 summa cum laude
2. Graduation with Distinction (Latin Honors) is awarded to graduates who have completed 65 graded Ramapo credits (not including "P" grades) and who have achieved a cumulative grade point average in their second degree career as follows:
3.50-3.69 cum laude
3.70-3.84 magna cum laude
3.85-4.00 summa cum laude
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