Sep 24, 2021  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
    
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors and Recognition


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Admission With Distinction

“Admission With Distinction” is awarded to a freshman or transfer student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in past academic work. For first-time freshmen with no previous college units earned, a grade-point average of 3.6 on a four-point scale must be earned in the coursework considered for admission to the university. Students who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester units of credit must meet the grade-point average for first-time freshmen and must also have earned a 3.5 grade-point average on all transferable college work attempted. Students who have completed 60 or more transferable semester units are eligible, if a grade-point average of 3.5 is earned in all transferable college work completed.

President’s Scholars Program

The President’s Scholars Program at Cal State Fullerton is based solely on merit and recognizes incoming first-time freshmen who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, leadership ability and community service. President’s Scholars hold a prestigious position at the university. Scholarship benefits last for four years, as long as individual scholars maintain program eligibility, and include annually: full payment of CSU enrollment fees, $750 for books and supplies, personal use of a laptop computer, automatic admittance to the University Honors Program, priority registration for classes and consideration for housing, complimentary parking permits for fall and spring semesters, peer mentoring programs, personalized academic coaching, student leadership opportunities, and holistic support services from the Center for Scholars.

Applicants to Cal State Fullerton’s President Scholars Program must meet the following requirements:

  1. apply to Cal State Fullerton as a first-time freshman prior to applying to the President’s Scholars Program. Applications for the scholarship from students who have not applied for general university admission will not be considered;
  2. be a resident of the state of California (residency is determined by the Office of Admissions for fee purposes);
  3. have earned an academic grade-point average of at least 3.75 (weighted) in all academic subjects for the 10th- through 12th- grades
  4. graduate high school in the same year they are enrolled as first-time freshmen at Cal State Fullerton; and
  5. demonstrate evidence of significant contributions to school leadership and community service activities during high school.

The online application is available starting in November every year. For more information, visit the Center for Scholars website at fullerton.edu/scholars or call 657-278-3458.

President’s Veterans Scholars Program

The President’s Veterans Scholars Program at Cal State Fullerton prides itself on supporting California’s best and brightest veterans. The program provides a foundation for these exceptional transfer students, who have served our country through military service, to develop and realize their potential for success as scholars, leaders and citizens. President’s Veteran Scholars reach out and make a difference. They inspire others by becoming role models in their professions and their communities. Scholarship benefits last for two years, as long as individual scholars maintain program eligibility, and include annually: full payment of CSU enrollment fees, $750 for books and supplies, personal use of a laptop computer, priority registration for classes, complimentary parking permits for fall and spring semesters, personalized academic coaching, student leadership opportunities, and holistic support services from the Center for Scholars.

Applicants to the President’s Veterans Scholars Program must meet the following requirements:

  1. have been honorably discharged from one of the following branches of the United States Military: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Coast Guard;
  2. apply to CSUF and meet CSU transfer requirements;
  3. achieve a minimum grade-point average of at least 3.75 at the Caifornia community college attended;
  4. demonstrate significant contributions to school and community service activities during time in the military and in the community college setting; and
  5. be a resident of California (residency is determined by the Office of Admissions for tuition fee purposes).

The online application is available starting in November every year. For more information, visit the Center for Scholars website at fullerton.edu/scholars or call 657-278-3458.

Dean’s Honors List

Academic achievement is recognized each fall and spring semester for undergraduate students whose grade-point averages for the term are 3.5 or better for 12 units of graded coursework. Students are notified in writing by their college dean’s office when they have earned this distinction and a notation is placed on the student’s academic record for that semester.

Departmental Honors Programs

In addition to the University Honors Program, students are offered other opportunities to participate in an honors community. The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics has a Business Honors Program that provides select students the opportunity to take academically appealing honors courses and participate in unique in-class and out-of-classroom learning experiences. Interested students may contact the college directly to learn how to apply.

Honors at Graduation

Honors designations at graduation are awarded to baccalaureate recipients based on overall performance and have been defined by the Academic Senate in three classifications:

cum laude GPA 3.50-3.74
magna cum laude GPA 3.75-3.89
summa cum laude GPA 3.90-4.00

Honor Societies

Departmental and College-Based Honor Societies

Several honor societies have been chartered at Cal State Fullerton to recognize students who demonstrate superior scholarship and leadership in specific academic fields.

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta promotes social research for the purpose of the improvement of the human condition and recognizes high scholastic achievement among juniors, seniors and sociology graduate students. Contact: olilevalley@csu.fullerton.edu

Alpha Phi Sigma

The criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma, provides students with references for possible careers in the field of criminal justice, as well as opportunities to participate in field trips to gain insight into the field. Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students. Contact: veherrera@fullerton.edu, 657-278-8531

American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers is the nation’s oldest engineering society and promotes success within the civil engineering field. CSUF ASCE has about 180 members and provides members with internship and job opportunities, networking events, educational seminars and tours, social events, and opportunities to work on a variety of projects. The club is well-known for its concrete canoe and steel bridge, which compete along with many other projects in its yearly Pacific Southwest Conference. Contact: csufasce@gmail.com

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi encourages and gives recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the field of accounting. Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students. Contact: Accounting Department, 657-278-2225

Beta Gamma Sigma

The Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society serves business programs accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International. The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the society, and to serve its lifelong members. 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. Adviser: Mark Hoven Stohs, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

Chi Epsilon

Chi Epsilon (XE) is the national civil engineering honor society in the United States. It honors engineering students who have exemplified the principles of “scholarship, character, practicality and sociability” in the civil engineering profession. Contact: chi.epsilon.csuf@gmail.com

Chi Sigma Iota, Kappa Omega Chapter

Chi Sigma Iota, Kappa Omega chapter has active members, including current students, alumni and faculty. The organization focuses on promoting excellence in the profession of counseling and hopes to get members more involved in professional development, community engagement, wellness and more. Contact: kacey.bean@csu.fullerton.edu, 657-278-8444

Eta Kappa Nu

Eta Kappa Nu recognizes students in electrical engineering — distinguished by scholarship, activities, leadership and exemplary character — and helps these students progress by association with alumni. Contact: Electrical Engineering, 657-278-3013

Eta Sigma Gamma

Eta Sigma Gamma promotes and recognizes achievement in the field of health education. Open to all class levels. Contact: csufesg@gmail.com, 657-278-7622

Kappa Omega

Kappa Omega promotes and recognizes achievement in the field of counseling. Open to graduate students who are current members of the American Counseling Association and have a 3.5 GPA. Contact: Chelsea Girvan

Kappa Omicron Nu

Kappa Omicron Nu promotes scholarship, research and the spirit of inquiry in the fields of kinesiology, human services, and child and adolescent studies. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. Contact: kon_hs@fullerton.edu

Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society

Kappa Pi international art honor society, Eta Delta chapter, serves many purposes. Its objectives span from the promotion of art education/enlightenment to organizing people with an interest in art for informal social gatherings, as well as for service and community-related projects. Contact: fullertonkappapi@gmail.com

Lambda Alpha, ETA Chapter

The Lambda Alpha national anthropology honors society is dedicated to assisting anthropology undergraduates, graduates and alumni with their professional growth through workshops, field trips, conferences and establishing networks. Contact: lambdaalpha.csuf@gmail.com, 657-278-3626

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. LPH, Tau Epsilon chapter, recognizes, fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline. Contact: ddurango@csu.fullerton.edu, 714-357-4434

Mu Phi Epsilon

Mu Phi Epsilon promotes high standards in education and performance in the professional world of music. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. Contact: School of Music, 657-278-3511

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society. CSUF’s Theta Pi chapter, established in 1962, promotes academic excellence through research, publications, conference participation, visits to historical sites and museums, as well as social events.

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha recognizes high academic achievement in the study of public administration. Contact: amandaaguilar07@gmail.com

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha recognizes and encourages productive scholarship in the subject of government among junior, senior and graduate students. Contact: csufpisigmaalpha@gmail.com, 714-623-6177

Psi Chi

Psi Chi advances and maintains scholarship in the science of psychology. Contact: csuf.psichi@gmail.com

Sigma Phi Omega

Sigma Phi Omega is the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology, established in 1980 to recognize excellence of those who study and work in the field of aging. SPO seeks to promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship and services to older persons, and to recognize exemplary attainment in gerontology/aging studies and related fields.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta confers distinction for high achievement in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies in English language and literature. The aim of Sigma Tau Delta is to promote a mastery of written expression, to encourage worthwhile reading, and to foster a spirit of good fellowship among students of the English language and literature. Contact: secretary.csufsigma@gmail.com

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau recognizes superior achievement and fosters high professional standards in the field of nursing. Open to qualified juniors, seniors and graduate students in nursing. Contact: Deanna Jung, 657-278-5365

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi promotes and encourages scholastic excellence and service among the top eighth of junior and the top fifth of senior students in all engineering disciplines. Contact: Mechanical Engineering Department, 657-278-3014

Special Interest Honor Societies

The following societies also recognize specialized groups of individuals or areas of interest, but are not limited to a specific academic field:

Alpha Sigma Lambda

Alpha Sigma Lambda’s aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. Its motto is “First in Scholarship and Leadership.” Contact: adultreentry@fullerton.edu, 657-278-3928  

Golden Key International Honor Society

The Golden Key International Honor Society promotes and recognizes scholastic excellence and service among juniors and seniors at CSUF. Contact: bperez@fullerton.edu, 657-278-2347

Graduate Counseling Student Association

The purpose of the Graduate Counseling Student Association is to provide opportunities for support and interaction between graduate counseling students and faculty, to encourage service to the community, and to promote professional and ethical development of its members. Contact: gcsafullerton@gmail.com

The National Residence Hall Honorary

The Titan chapter of The National Residence Hall Honorary is a community service and recognition based organization. It focuses on spreading recognition throughout the housing community and serves the Fullerton community by hosting community service events. Contact: nrhh.csuf@gmail.com

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars recognizes outstanding academic achievement and assists students in achieving their career objectives. Open to freshmen and sophomores, the organization encourages members to become and remain involved in community service and leadership activities throughout their college experiences and beyond. Contact: lidelmendoza9@csu.fullerton.edu

Order of Omega

The Order of Omega promotes and recognizes scholastic excellence, leadership and service for CSUF fraternity and sorority members with a junior or senior standing. Contact: Fraternity and Sorority Life, 657-278-7622

Phi Beta Delta

Phi Beta Delta honors excellence among international students, faculty who have studied or done research abroad, and students who have studied abroad. Contact: pbd_hs@fullerton.edu, 657-278-2787

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all academic disciplines in institutions of higher learning. Contact: csuf.pikapp@gmail.com, 562-328-4399

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