There are many ways in which the School of Social Work celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of our most outstanding students.

BSW students with a semester GPA of 3.75 or better will be named to the Dean's List.

The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Over 400 chapters are now in existence, and the addition of new chapters is continuing.

Students who have completed the first semester of the junior year social work courses with an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and a GPA of 3.50 or higher in required social work classes are invited to join the Phi Alpha Honor Society. All courses from the student's undergraduate career, including courses taken from other higher education institutions, are included in the overall GPA calculation.

Learn more about Phi Alpha.

To be designated as a Founders Scholar at IUB, an undergraduate degree-seeking student must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.8 or better by the end of the fall term.

Learn more about the Founders Scholars

Each year, students who rank in the upper 10 percent of their campus's graduating class are recognized by graduating with Distinction (Highest, High, and With Distinction), which is noted on your diploma. These students are awarded specially colored cords which they wear attached to the shoulder of their graduation gowns during the commencement ceremony.