Honors / Awards
To qualify for the Deans List, a student must be matriculated, complete a minimum of 12 cumulative 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 Deans 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 2005-2006 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.
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- Alpha Psi Omega is a theatre honor society that provides acknowledgement to those demonstrating a high standard of accomplishment in theatre and provides a wider fellowship for those interested in theatre. Alpha Psi Omega has sponsored the formation of theatre honor societies with the aim of encouraging dramatic production at every step in a person's academic career. The society is not intended to take the place of any regular theatre clubs or producing groups, but as students qualify they may be rewarded by election to membership in this society. (Advisor: Mary Ellen Allison, Office: BC150 / Ext. 7596)
- Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society that recognizes those students in their first year who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA, or are in the top 20% of their class. Alpha Lambda Delta's mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement...to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society." (Advisor: Pat Chang, Office M-102/ Ext. 7731)
- Beta Beta Beta is an honor society for students who excel in the study of biology. Particularly for undergraduates, Beta Beta Beta seeks to encourage scholarly attainment in biological science by reserving membership for those who achieve a superior academic record. Beta Beta Beta is dedicated to cultivating interest in biological science and promoting an appreciation of the value of biological study. Each year, Ramapo’s chapter 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: Richard Lowell, Office: G325 / Ext. 7741)
- 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. The involvement of eligible alumni enables networking for members. Programs sponsored by the society encourage other students toward this accomplishment. (Advisor Grace Tacher, D-101C / Ext. 7546)
- Chi Alpha Sigma honors those student-athletes who have earned a varsity letter while maintaining a 3.4 or better GPA throughout their junior and senior years. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes and honors high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities as well as recognizes the outstanding academic achievement intercollegiate varsity student-athletes. It also serves to foster and encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics, while acknowledging student athletes who mentor and provide leadership to other athletes. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes and honors the individual athlete, their team, sport, athletic department, and college or university. (Advisor: Kathleen Finnegan, Office: Q-113 / Ext. 7683)
- Delta Mu Delta, a national honor society in business administration, was founded by the Dean from Harvard University and four professors from Yale University and New York University in 1913. Delta Mu Delta 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%. Advisor: Susan Eisner, Office: A-202/ Ext. 7619)
- Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). As a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Lambda Pi Eta has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas and represents what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion, and Ethos (Eta) defined as character credibility and ethics. (Advisors: Kelly Dolak, Office C-112B/ Ext. 6851 and Ruma Sen, Office C112A/ Ext.7813)
- Omicron Delta Epsilon is an international economics honor society that provides special recognition for outstanding economics students. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities, and among colleges and universities; the publication of its official journal, The American Economist , and sponsoring of panels at professional meetings. (Advisor: Teresa Hutchins)
- Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, and alumni that gives recognition to meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities, promotes outstanding scholarship and service in the development of general campus citizenship. (Advisor: Daniel Jean, SC202, x7593)
- Order of Omega is 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: Mandy Restivo, Office C-214/Ext. 7136)
- Phi Alpha Delta is 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 designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service. (Advisor: Professor Mark Howenstein, Office B-238/ Ext. 7431)
- Phi Alpha Theta is a national history honor society which promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Phi Alpha Theta seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by the society’s members in a variety of ways. The society also provides special recognition for outstanding history students. (Advisors: Stephen Rice, Office: B-229/ Ext. 7486 and Alex Urbiel, Office: G-404B/ Ext. 7627)
- Phi Beta Delta is the nation's first honor society dedicated to recognizing individuals who have demonstrated scholarly achievement in the areas of international education and exchange. The major objective of Phi Beta Delta is to recognize scholarly achievement in international educational interchange. By increasing the recognition, credibility and importance of the international experience and by developing a campus network of students and faculty involved in international endeavors, the society creates a catalyst on campus for international programming. In addition, through the national organization, Phi Beta Delta connects individuals on campus and throughout the U.S. involved in the international experience by recognizing the importance of these achievements in higher education. (Advisor: Susie Rachouh, Office D-210/ Ext. 7533)
- Phi Delta Epsilon is an international medical fraternity, guided by the precepts of philanthropy, deity, and equity. Phi Delta Epsilon promotes fellowship and mentoring, equality and unity. It also promotes the highest scientific and educational standards in the field of medicine, the highest standards of ethics in the practice of medicine, medical teaching, and research; promote nonprofit group service to the community and discussions of current social and economic issues as related to the practice of medicine. (Advisor: Rena Bacon, Office: G-321/Ext. 7727)
- Pi Sigma Alpha is a national political science honor society whose purpose is to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science. The society functions at the national level, sponsoring programs and events of value to the profession and teaching of political science and at the chapter level, is encouraged to provide a framework for enriching the exposure of its members and the wider university community to the study of government and issues of public concern. Pi Sigma Alpha provides special recognition for outstanding political science students. (Advisor: Ronald Hayashida, Office: B-229/Ext. 7422)
- Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests. Psi Chi provides special recognition for outstanding psychology students. (Advisor: Marshall Harth, Office G443 / Ext. 7757)
- Sigma Tau Delta is an international literature honors society which provides special recognition for outstanding Literature students. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. (Advisor: Ed Shannon, Office: B-202B/ Ext. 7425)
- Sigma Xi, 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: Rob Mentore, Office: G239 / Ext. 7696)
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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 Deans Dinner, the Honors Convocation, and the May commencement are occasions when many outstanding students are recognized.
College Honors Program
College Honors Program Website
The Ramapo College Honors Program is designed for students who desire a scholarly environment and an opportunity to interact with challenging faculty members and like- minded students. The College Honors Program provides expanded opportunities for learning and reflection.
Other benefits of the College Honors Program include residence hall options, special seminars, and exciting trips.
Graduation from the College Honors Program is one indicator of a highly motivated, highly skilled, self-initiating individual.
Students may participate in the College Honors Program by completing three H-option courses and receiving an Honors Certificate or by completing three H-option courses and completing a senior project, in which case the student graduates with full college honors. Full college honors is indicated on the diploma.
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Graduation with Distinction
Latin Honors will be awarded to graduates who have completed a minimum of 64 credits (not including "P" grades) at Ramapo College and achieved a cumulative grade point average (including "R" grade credits) as follows:
3.500 - 3.699 - cum laude
3 700 - 3.849 - magna cum laude
3.850 - 4.000 - 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 63 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.
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