Academic Honors

Amended by the Board of Trustees of Rockland Community College on August 25, 2006

  1. Phi Sigma Omicron
  2. Dean’s List
  3. Alpha Beta Gamma
  4. Alpha Eta
  5. Phi Theta Kappa
  6. Sigma Chi Eta

Phi Sigma Omicron

Membership in Phi Sigma Omicron, an academic honor society, is the highest academic honor given by the College. To be eligible, a student must have completed at least 28 credits (excluding physical education and credit equivalents) at Rockland Community College with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and have no outstanding I (Incomplete) grades or grades lower than C.

Dean’s List

Both full and part-time students are eligible for the Dean’s List. All courses and grades used in the Dean’s List calculations must have been completed at Rockland Community College. Physical Education or credit equivalent courses are never included in the definition of full-time student or credit equivalent semesters and are not included in the GPA calculation.

Full-time students must complete 12 or more credits in a semester with a semester grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Part-time students must have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher for each full-time equivalent semester of study. For Dean’s List purposes, a full-time equivalent semester is based on a minimum of 12 consecutive credits. Once a Dean’s List notation is given, a new set of calculations is started for the next full-time equivalent semester.

In all cases, students will not be eligible for the Dean’s List if they have an “I” (Incomplete) grade or grades lower than “C” in their full-time or full-time equivalent semester. Once grades have been finalized, students with “I” grades may qualify. The phrase “Dean’s List” will appear on the transcript.

Alpha Beta Gamma

Alpha Beta Gamma is an international business honor society for students who have completed 15 credits, have earned a 3.0 grade point average both overall and in business courses, and are pursuing a degree in business (including Office Technologies and Hospitality and Tourism). Student members are eligible for several business scholarships and are recognized at an annual ceremony.

Alpha Eta

Alpha Eta is the national allied health honor society. The purpose of the society is to promote and recognize significant scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the Allied Health professions. Students enrolled in the last year of one of the Allied Health programs, who have shown the capacity for leadership and achievement in their chosen Allied Health profession, are invited to membership.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges. Membership is extended by invitation only. To be eligible, students must have completed at least 15 credits leading to a degree and generally have a grade point average above 3.7 with no outstanding I (Incomplete) grades.

Sigma Chi Eta

Sigma Chi Eta is the Speech Honor Society. To be eligible for membership, a student must have an A or A- average in Speech courses, must be recommended by a Speech instructor, and must be an active participant in co-curricular or extra-curricular speech activities, such as Debate Team, Speech Contest, Student Ambassador, et cetera.