summa cum laude
Generally, the highest honor in college is the summa cum laude. The next highest is the magna cum laude, and the third is the cum laude.
Cum laude grade point average estimates: gpa for cum laude - 3.5 to 3.7; gpa for magna cum laude - 3.8 to 3.9; gpa for summa cum laude - 4.0+.
cum laude, "With Honors", cumulative GPA of 3.5 and above; magna cum laude, "With High Honors", cumulative GPA of 3.65 and above; summa cum laude, "With Highest Honors," cumulative GPA of 3.85 and above.
Non-Traditional High School Latin Honors Distinctions, based upon weighted and weighted grade point averages: Cum Laude = 3.95 minimum weighted GPA or 3.50-3.74 unweighted GPA. Magna Cum Laude = 4.15 minimum weighted GPA or 3.75-3.90 unweighted GPA. Summa Cum Laude = 4.25 minimum weighted GPA or 3.91-4.0 unweighted GPA.
Summa cum laude is the highest level of distinction, magna cum laude is next and that is followed by cum laude. It is a great honor to be named valedictorian or salutatorian, and it is an honor worth celebrating at graduation and beyond.
Typically, in the American education system, the summa cum laude ("with highest distinction") honor is awarded to a small number of students who are considered to represent the very top of their class. Magna cum laude ("with high distinction") is next in terms of prestige and represents a high level of achievement.
magna cum laude: at least a 3.4 total GPA (grade point average) and a class rank in the 85th percentile or above in the student's school or college. summa cum laude: at least a 3.7 total GPA (grade point average) and a class rank in the 95th percentile or above in the student's school or college.