Academic Recognition

Opportunities for Academic Achievement

Dean’s List/President’s Scholars

Each semester, South Suburban College recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence by naming them to the Dean’s List. A select few of these students are named President’s Scholars.

Recognition

All students who are named to the Dean’s List receive a congratulatory letter from the President.

Qualifications

To be named to the Dean’s List, full-time students must have a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) calculated on at least 12 semester hours of 100-level work or above, while part-time students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA of the credit hours earned in the given semester and have completed at least 12 semester hours of prior course work of 100-level or above. Both full and part-time students must be in “good standing” at the College.

For full-time students to be named President’s Scholars, students must have earned a 4.0 grade point average over two consecutive semesters on a minimum of 24 hours of college credit of 100-level or above course work. For part-time students to be named President’s Scholars, students must have earned a 4.0 grade point average over consecutive semesters on a minimum of 24 hours of college credit of 100-level or above course work.

Application Process

There is no formal application process for being named to the Dean’s List or for becoming a President’s Scholar. At the end of each semester, students on the Dean’s List are notified; at the end of the Spring semester, President’s Scholars are notified.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, is a scholastic Honor society of scholars of all ages, ethnic background, economic levels and fields of study. By promoting a bond of excellence, Phi Theta Kappa offers educational opportunities that promote the development of leadership and responsible citizenship. Psi Pi, the SSC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, is a student organization, chartered to promote fellowship, scholarship, and leadership.

Qualifications

Applicants must possess a cumulative College GPA of 3.5 on at least 12 semester hours credit earned in 101-level courses or above. In addition, they must fill out a membership profile form, submit a $35 membership fee, and participate in the orientation and induction ceremonies, if at all possible. To retain membership, members must maintain a 3.25 GPA.

Recognition

  • Membership certificate and pin
  • Gold diploma seal indicating society membership
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa on transcript
  • Automatic nomination for the National Dean’s List of outstanding students from two-year, four-year and graduate schools
  • Privilege of wearing the golden honors stole and monogrammed tassel at graduation
  • Automatic enrollment in national employer and transfer colleges and universities search databases
  • Opportunity to compete for Phi Theta Kappa scholarships at hundreds of transfer colleges and universities

Application

Application forms are available from Sept. 1 – Oct. 15 and from Feb. 1 – Mar. 15. Download application or pick-up an application in the Office of the College President, Room 2134, the Honors/Phi Theta Kappa Center (Room 4255), or from the Faculty Advisor of Phi Theta Kappa. The deadline for fall applicants is Oct. 15; for spring applicants, March 15.