The notation “Graduate with Distinction” or “Graduate with High Distinction” will be placed on the transcript of students who have completed in residence at NPC at least 30 units which are used toward the associate degree (AA, AAEE, ABus, AS, AGS, or AAS) and meet the cumulative grade-point average (GPA) criteria of 3.5 – 3.89 for Distinction and 3.9 – 4.0 for High Distinction. Students who receive additional degrees or emphasis areas will be required to complete, in residence, a minimum of 16 additional credits toward the subsequent degree or emphasis area in order to have this honor noted on the transcript. (GPA standards remain the same.)
Students who are receiving a Certificate of Applied Science must complete in residence at NPC at least 16 credits which apply to the certificate in order to have “Certificate with Distinction” or “Certificate with High Distinction” noted on the transcript. The cumulative GPA standards outlined above will be used for the Certificate of Applied Science.
Each year, NPC selects five (5) students, one (1) from each degree area (AA, ABus, AS, AGS, and AAS) as Outstanding Graduates. The Outstanding Graduates are chosen based on the highest cumulative GPA from students who attended classes that are open to the general student population. In the case of a tie in GPA’s, the student with the most credits earned at NPC is awarded the recognition. Students who utilize any transfer credits from other colleges to meet the degree requirements at NPC are not eligible for this recognition.
The President’s List recognizes students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during a specific semester. The Dean’s List honors those with a 3.5 to 3.99 grade-point average during a specific semester. To be eligible for these distinctions, students must have completed 12 or more credits in 100-level or above courses. Students will receive letters of recognition, and the honor will be noted on their transcripts.
Each year, Northland Pioneer College can nominate up to two outstanding students from each campus and center location for the All-USA and All-Arizona Acedemic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the American Association of Community Colleges, Arizona Board of Regents and USA Today help these exceptional students reach their educational goals by awards of scholarships and tuition waivers to any of Arizona’s three public universities: Arizona State University, University of Arizona or Northern Arizona University.
Criteria for selection:
- Cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher (4.0 scale);
- Good academic standing and working toward an associate degree by the end of the current academic year; and
- Involvement in campus and community volunteerism.
Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is not required. Fliers announcing the application process are posted at all campus and center locations and on this website in late September to early October.