Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Latin Honors

Graduating students will be considered for the following Latin Honors as an additional measure of distinction. These designations will be approved by the Executive Committee and the faculty in the spring, prior to graduation.

  • Magna Cum Laude in Scientia Experimentali
    For students academically in the top half of the class who complete an additional degree at the time of receiving an MD degree and also publish, or have accepted manuscripts, as part of their thesis before graduation
  • Cum Laude in Scientia Experimentali
    For students academically in the top half of the class who complete an additional degree at the time of receiving an MD degree or who spend a full, intensive fifth year in a research laboratory
  • Summa Cum Laude
    For students academically ranked in the top 5 percent of their graduating class
  • Magna Cum Laude
    For students academically ranked in the top 5-10 percent of their graduating class
  • Cum Laude
    For students academically ranked in the top 10-15 percent of their graduating class