Academic Honors

William J. Branstrom (Freshman) Prize
First-term freshmen who rank in the upper five percent of their class and earn 14 credit hours and at least a 3.50 GPA on any campus and in any unit of the University of Michigan are named recipients of the William J. Branstrom Prize. This distinction is noted on the student's transcript as “William J. Branstrom Prize.”

James B. Angell Scholars
Students who earn straight A's (A+, A, A-) for two or more consecutive terms with a minimum of 14 elected credit hours each term, 12 of which must be graded, are named James B. Angell scholars. This distinction is noted on the student's transcript.

University Honors
University Honors are awarded to all students who have achieved a 3.50 GPA and 14 credit hours (12 of which must be graded A-E). This distinction is noted on the student’s transcript as “University Honors” after fall and winter terms only.

Honor Scholars Recognition
The Honor Scholar Award is presented each year to the one active undergraduate student per degree program with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and a minimum of 90 credit hours earned by Fall term. Award recognition is also presented to one active graduate student per degree major with at least a 3.7 cumulative grade point average and a minimum of three-quarters of their program completed by the end of Fall term. The student, selected by the respective discipline faculty, also meets other criteria established by department, school or college including contributions to the discipline through.

Dean’s Lists

  • College of Arts, Sciences, & Letters Dean’s List

A student is honored by inclusion in the Dean’s List if he or she meets two conditions: (1) has completed during the term at least 12 credit hours of graded coursework toward degree, and (2) has achieved a 3.50 or better term GPA. The Dean’s List is compiled three times a year, after the Fall, Winter, and Summer terms. Students who have I, X, NC, or Y notations are not eligible to be included. Students who receive Academic Sanctions against them lose the opportunity to be on the Dean’s List ever again. Upon completion of all courses for the term, eligible students will be contacted via their UM-Dearborn email account with an official Dean’s List letter by the CASL Office of Advising & Academic Success.


A second Dean’s List is generated for part-time students who have enrolled and completed 12 or more credit hours of graded (A-E) coursework toward degree in the Fall and Winter semesters (of a given academic year) combined, and earned a minimum 3.50 GPA in each term.
Eligibility is based exclusively upon coursework completed at UM-Dearborn.

  • College of Business Dean’s List

A student is honored by inclusion in the Dean's List if he or she meets two conditions:

  1. has completed at least 12 credit hours in graded coursework toward a degree during the term, and
  2. has achieved a 3.50 or better term GPA. The Dean's List is compiled after the fall, winter, and summer terms.
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science Dean’s List

Students in CECS programs receive Dean's list recognition for the semester in which they are enrolled full-time in courses that fulfill their degree requirements and achieve a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • College of Education, Health, and Human Services Dean’s List

At the end of each term, full-time students earning a GPA of 3.5 or better while carrying a minimum course load of 12 earned GPA hours will be added to the CEHHS Dean's List. Part-time students earning a GPA of 3.5 or better while carrying a combined total of 12 GPA hours for the fall and winter term will be added to a combined Fall/Winter Dean's List.