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Honor Lists

Each semester, the university publishes the President’s Honor List and the Dean’s Honor List to recognize undergraduate students who, at the end of the previous semester, had achieved outstanding academic success. Honors are calculated approximately thirty business days after the last day of exams.

President's Honor List

Recognizes undergraduate students with a grade point average of 4.00 earned on a minimum of 12 credited semester hours.

Fall 2018

Coming Soon

Dean's Honor List

Recognizes undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher (3.25 or higher for freshmen) earned on a minimum of 12 credited semester hours.

Fall 2018: Last Names A-E
Fall 2018: Last Names F-L
Fall 2018: Last Names M-R
Fall 2018: Last Names S-Z

Coming Soon

Honor Lists FAQ

What is the purpose of the honors lists?

The purpose of the posting of President’s and Dean’s lists is to provide US media outlets with a list of students who have achieved semester honors by US hometown. A student’s permanent address (City, State, Zip Code) is used to determine “hometown".

Why might a student who has earned semester honors not appear on the President’s or Dean’s List on the website?
  • A student may have requested a confidentiality indicator to be set in USC’s student information system to prevent the release of directory information.
  • A student may not have a permanent address listed in USC’s student information system.
  • If your name does not appear on the lists on this web page, you can confirm if you earned semester honors by viewing your advising transcript in Self Service Carolina.
Why might a first-year student not qualify for “freshman honors” by achieving a 3.25 semester GPA?

A first-year student may not qualify for freshman honors (3.25 GPA) due to college credit earned during high school which may change the student’s classification to sophomore within the student’s first year.

Classification is based on the total number of semester credit hours earned: A student must have earned 30 hours to be classified as a sophomore, 60 for classification as a junior, and 90 for senior classification. Students are classified at the beginning of each semester and maintain that classification until the next semester begins.

Why might students not qualify for honors if their semester GPA and hours appear to meet the minimum threshold?

The student may have received an incomplete make-up after semester honors had been calculated. Semester honors are only run after the conclusion of the semester.

Are there requirements for courses to be counted toward the honors list?

No course carried on a Pass-Fail basis, by examination, correspondence, or exemption will be counted toward the 12 hours required for either the President’s or Dean’s Honor List.

Are students who studied abroad during the semester included on the honor lists?

If the student was not enrolled in any gradable course (INTL is a pass/fail course and isn’t graded), then the student is excluded from semester honors.

Where can I find an archive of semester honors recipients?

Only the most current list is published on our website. However, semester honors will permanently remain on students’ academic records which can be reviewed by students via Self Service Carolina.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about semester honors?

Contact the Office of the University Registrar at or 803-777-5555. Please be sure to include your full name and either your USC ID or VIP ID.