College Nine Pathways to Distinction

One of the unique features of College Nine is our recognition of the multiple and diverse ways in which a student can achieve distinction in their studies. We recognize that learning styles and educational commitments are unique and personal. To encourage outstanding achievement, academically qualified students will be recognized at graduation with College Nine Distinction if they successfully completed three academic quarters through one of the following routes:

Language and Culture: Students who complete at least 15 units of study abroad course work or 15 units of foreign language course work (level 4 and higher) may qualify for College Nine Distinction. A combination of study abroad and foreign language may also apply.  For more information about study abroad options, visit the UCSC Study Abroad homepage.

Research and Scholarship: Students are encouraged to pursue research opportunities with faculty by doing three quarters of a senior thesis or a research internship. Students may be recognized with College Nine Distinction if they do a thesis or a research internship in their major on a topic related to international or global issues.

Eligiblity Criteria

  • A minimum cumulative UCSC GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • The combined GPA of courses applied towards distinction must be a minimum of 3.5.

Application Deadlines for 2018-2019

Fall Quarter 2018                                 October 26, 2018

Winter Quarter 2019                          February 8, 2019

Spring Quarter 2019                           April 26, 2019

Summer 2019                                         August 2, 2019

Click here to download the College Nine Distinction Application!