Dean's/President's List FAQ

Q. Is the Dean's and President's list made available to our local newspapers?

A. Yes. University Communications and Marketing receives a list of students who attain the Dean's or President's list, generally within seven to nine weeks after the end of each semester. Semesters end in mid-December, early May and early August. We then e-mail the list to the newspapers and legislators who have requested it.

Q. Can students or parents get this list?

A. Only newspapers and legislators are given the list in order to protect the rights and privacy of all students as provided for in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

Q. How can I be sure my local newspaper is receiving the lists?

A. You might want to check with your local newspaper to see if they are getting the lists each semester. Depending on the size of the newspaper, either the city editor or the society editor will know if they are receiving and publishing Kent State University's Dean's and President's lists. If they are not, please ask them to email us at with their Name and Contact info in order to be added to our database of Ohio (with some limited Pennsylvania and New York papers) newspapers and Ohio legislators. This database is used each semester to send the lists to the newspapers and legislators.

Q. Our newspaper ran only a simple list of the students from Kent State who had made the Dean's and President's list. How can we get a nicer article published detailing the student's major, club affiliations, etc?

A. Newspapers publish this sort of information in an "as space allows" manner. Sometimes you may have to wait weeks or more before even the basic list we provide is published. You, as a subscriber of the newspaper, can always call or write to them to request that they publish a small article on one specific student. It is best to write or e-mail the pertinent information to them as it will save them time and will ensure accuracy of the facts. Be sure to include: Kent State University, name of the specific school enrolled in, name of degree being sought, expected year of graduation, name of the high school from which the student graduated, any clubs or organizations with which the student may be involved, the name of the list (Dean's List or President's List) to which they've been named, the parent's names and a copy of the letter the student received from their school awarding the achievement.

Q. The local newspaper published the list of students on the Dean's and President's List, but a specific student, who is carrying a very high GPA was not included on the list. Why is this?

A. The student in question should review the Undergraduate catalog. It states that a Full Time student must complete and pass 12 hrs. and a 3.40 GPA or higher in any one semester to make the Dean's List and 15 hrs. and a 4.0 GPA in any one semester to make the President's List. The hours must all be letter-graded (A, B, etc.) courses to count toward the hours requirement. Pass/Fail (S, U) courses do not apply when being considered for the Dean's List or President's List.

Part Time students can also attain the Dean's list honor once a year, with the list for part-time students being compiled after Spring semester. Part-time students must complete and pass 12 or more regular letter-graded hours taken during the previous summer, fall and spring semesters and must have a GPA of 3.40 or greater in those three periods. Part-time students must have registered for fewer than 12 hours in each of the semesters under consideration.

If the student met the necessary requirements and is not included on the published list, he or she should check with the Dean's office. There may have just been a simple reporting oversight.


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