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 enroll in at least three quarters in either education abroad or a foreign language may qualify for College Nine Distinction. For more information about the Education Abroad Program, visit the UCSC International Education Office 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 2016-17

Fall Quarter 2016        October 21, 2016

Winter Quarter 2017    February 3, 2017

Spring Quarter 2017    April 28, 2017

Summer 2017             August 4, 2017

Click here to download the College Nine Distinction Application for 2016-2017!