Honors Class of 2021

Honors are awarded at graduation by all departments of concentration. Departments determine honors on the basis of the grades received by the student in departmental studies, including junior independent work, the senior thesis, and, for students in the bachelor's degree program, the senior departmental examination. Each department chooses the weight to be assigned to the various components in the honors calculation. The degree may be awarded with honors, high honors, or highest honors.

Honors in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs are awarded based upon a ranking of all concentrators according to a weighted average of grades. For the Class of 2021 this updated calculation provides greater flexibility to determine what to include and accommodates the challenges of last semester’s PDF-only policy. Note, an individual course may be included only once in the calculation.

  • Five graded courses — 50%
    • At least two core courses
    • Remaining three drawn from Core, Research Seminar, or Departmental Electives (student choice)
  • JP (from either semester) — 10 %
  • JP (second JP) — 10%
    • Or a sixth graded course taken from the Core or Electives (student choice)
  • Senior Thesis — 25%
  • Senior Comprehensive Exam — 5%