High achieving undergraduate students are recognized through the posting of academic distinction to transcript and diploma. Grade-point averages are computed on the basis of all work attempted at OSU. At the end of each term, after final grades are posted, the academic distinction will be evaluated and posted to transcripts and diplomas. Graduates who have completed at least 90 credits at OSU or 60 upper-division credits at OSU, and who have an OSU cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, are awarded an OSU degree with distinction as follows:

Academic Distinction
OSU GPA Range
Graduation Honor Cord Color

Cum Laude

3.50–3.69

Orange

Magna Cum Laude

3.70–3.84

Gold

Summa Cum Laude

3.85–4.00

White

Students who meet the criteria above can purchase commencement honor cords at the OSU Beaver Store.