University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Undergraduate Academics Policies


Filing for Graduation

Students must apply for graduation online at The deadline for this is usually about one month after the start of classes in the fall and spring semesters. You should meet with your advisor to review all your coursework and all degree requirements.  In addition to meeting the requirements of the particular degree plan, and completion of at least 30 hours in engineering in residence at University of Houston, the student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 overall and at least 2.0 in the major.

Graduating with Honors

Undergraduate students who have completed the graduation requirements of the Honors College, including a senior honors thesis or senior honors project, are graduated with “University Honors with Honors in Major.” Undergraduate students who have completed all requirements of the Honors College except for the thesis or project are graduated with “University Honors.” (See University Honors College.)

Undergraduate students who successfully complete a senior honors thesis or senior honors project and who are not members of the Honors College are graduated with “Honors in Major.”

Undergraduate students who complete their degree requirements under catalogs beginning in Fall 2010 will graduate with the stated academic honors if they achieve the following grade point averages earned in the last fifty-four (54) hours (all of which must be A, B, C,… letter grade courses) completed at the University of Houston. Grades of S, U, I and W are not assigned grade point values and are not used in the computation of the grade point average. (See Catalog for Honors.)


3.90 to 4.0 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
3.70 to 3.89 Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
3.50 to 3.69 Cum Laude (with honors

Further, the honors calculation will include all hours completed in the semester in which the first of those final fifty-four (54) hours was completed.