Academic Recognition

Opportunities for Academic Achievement

Dean's List/President's Scholars

Each semester, South Suburban College recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence by naming them to the Dean’s List. A select few of these students are named President’s Scholars.


All students who are named to the Dean’s List receive a congratulatory letter from the President, and local newspapers are provided with their names. President’s Scholars are also invited to the Honors Convocation at the end of the academic year. At this event, they will receive a certificate for their accomplishment.


To be named to the Dean’s List, full-time students must have a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) calculated on at least 12 semester hours of 100-level work or above, while part-time students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA of the credit hours earned in the given semester and have completed at least 12 semester hours of prior course work of 100-level or above. Both full and part-time students must be in “good standing” at the College

For full-time students to be named President’s Scholars, students must have earned a 4.0 grade point average over two consecutive semesters on a minimum of 24 hours of college credit of 100-level or above course work.

For part-time students to be named President’s Scholars, students must have earned a 4.0 grade point average over consecutive semesters on a minimum of 24 hours of college credit of 100-level or above course work.

Application Process

There is no formal application process for being named to the Dean’s List or for becoming a President’s Scholar. At the end of each semester, students on the Dean’s List are notified; at the end of the Spring semester, President’s Scholars are notified.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, is a scholastic Honor society of scholars of all ages, ethnic background, economic levels and fields of study. By promoting a bond of excellence, Phi Theta Kappa offers educational opportunities that promote the development of leadership and responsible citizenship. Psi Pi, the SSC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, is a student organization, chartered to promote fellowship, scholarship, and leadership.


Applicants must possess a cumulative College GPA of 3.5 on at least 12 semester hours credit earned in 101-level courses or above. In addition, they must fill out a membership profile form, submit a $35 membership fee, and participate in the orientation and induction ceremonies, if at all possible. To retain membership, members must maintain a 3.25 GPA.


  • Membership certificate and pin
  • Gold diploma seal indicating society membership
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa on transcript
  • Automatic nomination for the National Dean’s List of outstanding students from two-year, four-year and graduate schools
  • Privilege of wearing the golden honors stole and monogrammed tassel at graduation
  • Automatic enrollment in national employer and transfer colleges and universities search databases
  • Opportunity to compete for Phi Theta Kappa scholarships at hundreds of transfer colleges and universities


Application forms are available from Sept. 1 - Oct. 15 and from Feb. 1 - Mar. 15. Download application or pick-up an application in the Office of the College President, Room 2134, the Honors/Phi Theta Kappa Center (Room 4255), or from the Faculty Advisor of Phi Theta Kappa. The deadline for fall applicants is Oct. 15; for spring applicants, March 15.

Chairman Frank Zuccarelli with Max Solomon


Max Solomon: 2007 Jack Kent Cooke Winner and Former President of Phi Theta Kappa

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Herman Stark - PTK Faculty Advisor, Spring 07

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