Honors Societies & Awards

Stern recognizes and rewards students who attain academic excellence and achieve distinction in extracurricular activities. Awards and prizes are presented to those who have shown academic superiority, demonstrated leadership, and made exceptional contributions to the Stern School. Achievement in these areas is acknowledged both during students’ academic tenure and at graduation. Academic and student awards include honorary societies, Dean’s List honors, and a host of commencement awards.

Note: Students who are found responsible for any academic integrity violation are not eligible to receive a Stern departmental award.

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List is an academic honor awarded to undergraduate students achieving high scholarship each academic year. The list is compiled at the end of each academic year in May. Students receiving this honor are notified in late summer via mail to their current permanent address on file with NYU. They also receive a designation on their transcript (both official and unofficial) appearing under the Spring semester of the applicable academic year.

Requirements

To qualify for Dean’s List, students must meet the following requirements:

  • They must maintain a GPA of 3.667 or higher. 
  • They may not have any missing grades, grades of incomplete (“I”), or No Record (“NR”).  
  • They must earn at least 28 graded credits  over an academic year (does not include January term or summer). Graded credits do not include courses taken pass/fail.
  • They may take no less than 12 credits in either the fall or spring semesters at Stern.
    • Graduating seniors who are part-time in their final semester must have completed at least 22 graded credits (not including pass/fail) and have maintained a GPA of at least 3.75 over the academic year.
  • Seniors graduating in January must complete at least 8 graded credits in the immediately preceding semester (not including pass/fail) and must receive a semester GPA of at least 3.8 to qualify. 
  • Students who study through Stern’s IBEX program are eligible for the Dean’s List even though the grades earned abroad are transferred back to Stern pass/fail.  
    • Juniors: During the non-IBEX semester of the academic year, students must maintain a GPA of 3.8 or more in a program of study that is no less than 12 credits (not including courses taken pass/fail).
    • Seniors: During the non-IBEX semester of the academic year, students must maintain a GPA of 3.8 or more in a program of study that is no less than 8 credits (not including courses taken pass/fail).
    • Neither juniors or seniors are eligible if assigned any grades of incomplete or “NR” in either semester.
  • Seniors in the year-long Honors Program receive an “incomplete” grade in the fall semester. Once grades are entered for the fall, they are eligible for the Dean's List for the academic year as long as they have a minimum GPA of 3.667 in at least 8 graded credits in the fall semester.

Graduation with Honors

Students who have achieved a high cumulative GPA and completed their school’s minimum number of credits are awarded Latin honors of Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude. For more information about Latin honors, visit the NYU Graduation Honors website.

Honorary Societies

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the international honorary society of collegiate schools of business and has 600 collegiate chapters around the world. Membership in the society is open to juniors and seniors whose GPA places them in the upper 10% of their respective classes.

To be eligible for membership in BGS, students must have completed at least 60 graded credits while enrolled at Stern (a grade of “pass” is not acceptable). All courses that appear on the Stern transcript and fulfill the Stern academic program requirements are used in computing this GPA. Students are notified of their eligibility to join BGS based on their cumulative GPA in the spring semester of their junior or senior year and are invited to attend an induction ceremony, typically held in May. For more information, visit the Stern website

Stern Academic Departmental and College & University Awards

Valedictorian Award

Presented to the seniors with the highest grade point average in the graduating class. There are three recipients for this award.

Eisner Lubin Award

Presented to the senior concentrating in accounting who shows, by academic achievement and traits of character and mind, the promise of future professional, academic, or business success in accounting or taxation.

F. W. Lafrentz and Company Award

Presented to the senior enrolled in the BS in Business/MS in Accounting program who achieved the highest academic ranking in the program.

New York State Society of CPA's

Presented to the senior concentrating in accounting who has achieved the highest academic ranking in the concentration and who demonstrates the Society’s high standards of integrity, honor, and character.

Award for Academic Excellence in Business & Political Economy

Presented to the senior who has achieved academic excellence in the BS in Business & Political Economy program and demonstrated the potential for success in a related field.

Award for Academic Excellence in Economics

Presented to the senior who has achieved academic excellence in the economics concentration and demonstrated the potential for success in an economics-related field.

Award For Academic Excellence in Finance

Presented to seniors who have achieved academic excellence in the finance concentration and demonstrated the potential for success in a finance-related field.

Lloyd E. Dewey Memorial Award

Presented to a senior concentrating in finance on the basis of academic excellence and service to fellow students through participation in extracurricular activities.

Award For Academic Excellence In Global Business

Presented to the senior who has achieved academic excellence in the global business concentration and demonstrated the potential for success in a global business-related field.

W. Edwards Deming Award

Presented to the senior concentrating in any of the Information, Operations, & Management Sciences concentrations who symbolizes the qualities of scholarship and leadership, and who exhibits potential for a successful career.

Award For Academic Excellence In Technology, Operations, and Statistics

Presented to seniors who have achieved academic excellence in any of the Technology, Operations, and Statistics concentrations and demonstrated the potential for success in a related field.

Award For Academic Excellence In Management

Presented to the senior who has achieved academic excellence in the management concentration and demonstrated the potential for success in a management-related field.

Award For Academic Excellence In Marketing

Presented to the senior who has achieved academic excellence in the marketing concentration and demonstrated the potential for success in a marketing-related field.

Priscilla A. Labarbera Award

Presented to the senior concentrating in marketing who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship and creative leadership within NYU or the larger community.

Award For Academic Excellence in Sustainable Business

Presented to the senior who has achieved academic excellence in his or her Sustainable Business concentration courses and has demonstrated the potential for success in a sustainable business-related field.

Award For Academic Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Presented to the senior who has achieved academic excellence in his or her entrepreneurship co-concentration courses and has demonstrated the potential for success in an entrepreneurship-related field.

Dean Menon Undergraduate Research Award

Named for the former dean of the Undergraduate College, the Dean Menon Undergraduate Research Award is presented to the senior who has participated in the NYU Stern Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) and/or Honors Program and demonstrated a commitment to and excellence in academic research.

Theodore Racoosin Baccalaureate Speaker

Presented to the student who has been selected to represent the graduating class and give a speech at the Baccalaureate Ceremony.

Eugene J. Keogh Award

Presented to the senior who has achieved the highest level of academic excellence and demonstrated commitment of service to the NYU Stern Undergraduate College.

John Ben Snow Award

Presented to an outstanding senior on the basis of scholastic record and participation in University or College activities.

Dean Blount Social Impact Award

Named for the former dean of the Undergraduate College, the Dean Blount Social Impact Award is the highest service honor presented to socially aware seniors who have demonstrated outstanding initiative, leadership, and service to create a lasting impact in the New York City community and beyond.

Laurence A. Tisch Alumni Connections Award

Presented to forward-looking seniors who have done the most to cultivate meaningful alumni-student connections and inspire lifelong pride in NYU Stern.

NYU Stern Global Citizen Award

Presented to globally conscious seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to learning about our global society and have shown leadership in fostering connections across international borders.

John Stevenson Leadership and Community Building Award

Presented to community-minded seniors who have shown leadership in creating an environment that fosters personal exploration, peer collaboration, and community engagement at NYU Stern.