Dean's List

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A Dean's List is a category of students in a college or university who achieve high grades during their stay in an academic term or academic year. In secondary schools, or high schools, the term Consistent Honor List or Honor Roll is more common, but Dean's List and Consistent Honor List are generally synonymous. It is most often found in North America, but is also used by universities in Australia. Some colleges in Europe and Asia also use the term, at least at graduation.

Its meaning varies from institution to institution, and other terms are sometimes used instead in place of dean. Examples include provost's list, chancellor's list, president's list, Rector's list and Director's list (e.g. in Wharton).[1]

North America[edit]

The Dean's List GPA requirements vary from school to school, however, there are rough "standards":

With the GPA scale from 0-4, 4 being an A, the Dean's List cut-off is typically 3.5.[2][3][4]

Different from an academic scholarship, the Dean's List Award does not come with any financial aid. However, often students high on the Dean's List are offered extra financial aid, especially if they express a desire to transfer or exhibit more financial need.

Recognition is often granted at graduation for students that were in the Dean's List for more than one semester.

At times schools have a special dinner or breakfast to celebrate the students' success. Some schools and universities have special Dean's Lists for international students, which are published separately from the regular lists.[5]

The Dean to which the list is referring is the Dean of the entire school, not the Dean of Academic Affairs.


A number of universities in Australia produce a Dean's List in respect of each faculty. Students are generally eligible to appear on the Dean's List if they have achieved an average grade of High Distinction for the year.