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Distinction & Awards

Students have the opportunity to be recognized for academic excellence both during their program and at graduation. Full-time nursing students will be placed on the Dean’s List for each semester in which they earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher. Part-time students are eligible for the Dean’s List after the completion of 12 credit hours, and for each semester they have accumulated an additional 12 credit hours of course work with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

BSN candidates who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement may be selected to graduate with academic distinction. To be eligible, BSN students must have completed a minimum of 60 graded credit hours at IU. Minimum grade point averages used in determining the category of academic distinction awarded are:

  • 3.83-4.00—Highest Distinction

  • 3.66-3.82—High Distinction

  • 3.50-3.65—Distinction

A GPA used to determine distinction is calculated from all grades in courses up to and including the seventh semester for the BSN taken at IU. The GPA does not include transfer grades, special credit, and open electives, but does include grades received in courses that are repeated because of program stipulations. Not all students who meet the criteria for distinction may be selected for this honor.

IU School of Nursing Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and donors the IU School of Nursing is able to administer more than $700,000 in scholarships annually to aid current IUSON undergraduate and graduate students. Typical scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,500 per student for the academic year. Each award is split equally in two payments to be distributed for fall and spring semesters and applied directly to your IU Student Account. The scholarship application is available only online; read the eligibility criteria before accessing the online application.

Last updated April 2021