Awards and Graduation Honors


Stanford students can receive university awards for their academic, research, and writing excellence. The student awards included below are administered or supported by offices of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Academic Awards

The Deans' Award

The Deans' Award recognizes up to ten undergraduates per year for their outstanding academic contributions.

Phi Beta Kappa 

Phi Beta Kappa is a nationwide society honoring students for the excellence and breadth of their undergraduate scholarly achievements.

To be considered, a student must take three courses of 3 units or more at Stanford with a grade of ‘B-’ or better in three domains of knowledge. These domains are humanities; science, engineering, and math; and social sciences. Students’ academic records are automatically reviewed, so no special action is required for students who wish to be considered for membership.

Golden, Firestone, and Kennedy Awards

The Golden, Firestone, and Kennedy Thesis Awards recognize the top honors theses written each year in an annual VPUE event.  Recipients and their families are invited to this special ceremony during Commencement Weekend

The President's Award for Academic Excellence in the Freshman Year

The President's Award for Academic Excellence in the Freshman Year honors students who have exceptionally distinguished academic records that exemplify a strong program of study in the freshman year.

Writing and Presentation Awards