James Scholar Program

The James Scholar program recognizes the top 10% of students in the College of Business as measured by academic achievement.  Students are invited to join the James Scholar program based upon their application for admission to the college as an incoming freshman.

The top 10% of first year students at the conclusion of their spring semester will be identified based upon cumulative Illinois GPA.  Any student who was not admitted to the college as a James Scholar and completes the first year in the top 10% of the class will receive an invitation to join the program. 

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List is prepared each semester to honor all students whose grade-point average for that semester is in the top 20% of the student population. Other eligibility criteria include completion of at least 12 hours of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign course work in which traditional letter grades are earned (i.e., excludes courses graded credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, and test-based credit that is graded pass/fail), and any coursework completed through Study Abroad, subject to these same limitations. No consideration is given for the Dean’s List until final traditional grades are submitted for courses designated EX and DF. Students who are named to the Dean’s List are notified via their University email account and will receive a certificate upon request. If you believe you should be placed on the Dean’s List as a result of a grade change or a grade received more than a month after the end of the semester, notify the Office of Undergraduate Affairs to ensure that corrective action will be taken. Link to Student Code- Dean’s List for full criteria.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student (anywhere in the world) can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Juniors in the top 7% of their class and seniors in the top 10% are eligible for membership in this honor society.

College Graduation Honors

To graduate with honors you must meet the following GPA requirements which are based on your total cumulative GPA. For transfer students, the computation is based on your cumulative GPA and the GPA in your UIUC coursework.

Honors: 3.500
High Honors: 3.750
Highest Honors: 3.900

University Honors

The names of students who earn Bronze Tablet are recorded on a plaque which hangs in the main hall of the University Library.

  • You must be in the top 3 percent of your college, calculated on grades earned through the term prior to graduation.
  • Transfer students must earn at least 40 hours of credit at the Urbana campus to be eligible, and their cumulative university averages must be as high as those of students in their college who have completed all their work on the Urbana campus.

Business Honors Program

Please visit the Business Honors Program webpage to learn more about this program.