Lower the Graduating With Honors Standards at MSU
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It has come to my attention, as well as several other students that our rules for graduating with honors is a lot more strict than the rest of the schools in NJ. I know that in August 2015, it was raised to 3.7 for cum laude, 3.8 for magna cum laude, and 3.9 for summa cum laude.
We as students think that it is unreasonable, as we work very hard for our grades, and compared to our peers at other schools, we are not gaining the same recognition. For example, I will be applying to graduate school. With my 3.5 or 3.6 GPA, I would not be able to say I graduated with honors, whereas my friends at Rutgers (for example) can.
I have taken the time to do some research on this and most schools in NJ are lower than us. I could not find data on every school, though.
For the sake of arguing, I will list the CUM LAUDE requirements for other institutions:
Rutgers University New Brunswick: 3.5
Caldwell University: 3.5
New Jersey Institute of Technology: 3.4
The College of New Jersey: 3.6
William Paterson University: 3.45
Monmouth University: 3.5
Rider University: 3.25
Rowan University: 3.45
Fairleigh Dickinson University: 3.33
There is such a discrepancy, that had I gone to another university I could have been graduating with highest honors, whereas at MSU, I graduate with nothing. In my opinion, I do not understand why there is not a universal standard, but alas that is another argument. I am pleading with you to reconsider. MSU students work extremely hard at a very good school, and we feel that we should be adequately recognized for our achievements.
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