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NHSDA Collegiate Program: Eligibility Criteria for Induction and Graduation with Honors

Student Induction

  1. The applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student.
  2. The applicant must be enrolled in for-credit dance courses as a dance major, minor, or elective at the school.
  3. The applicant must establish an NDEO Undergraduate Student membership ($50) or NDEO Graduate Student membership ($75) as s/he begins accruing honor points toward induction. The student must maintain this membership while participating in the NHSDA Collegiate Program of any institution. To join NDEO as an Undergraduate or Graduate Student member, click here.
  4. The applicant must earn a minimum of 45 points of approved activities in three strands (Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement) in 6 of 10 categories as cited in the Collegiate National Point System.
  5. The applicant must receive an above average character reference from his/her chapter sponsor or other dance professor.
  6. The applicant must attain a GPA of at least 3.5 (overall or dance) at the time of induction.

Graduation with Honors

The student must meet all the criteria above for Induction, and thereafter:
  1. Earn an additional 15 points, for a total of 60 cumulative points, of approved activities in three strands (Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement) in 6 of 10 categories, as cited in the Collegiate National Point System during his/her senior or graduation year.
  2. Maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 (overall or dance) at the time of graduation.
  3. Maintain a current student membership in NDEO.
  4. Receive an above average character reference from his/her chapter sponsor or other dance professor.
  5. Submit a 500-1,000 word essay to their NHSDA Chapter Sponsor that describes their career goals and how the NHSDA and NDEO have impacted their career and life choices, or an equivalent essay (senior thesis projects, Capstone exit writing, etc.).

GPA Requirement

The GPA is calculated on either the overall GPA (combined subject areas) or the dance GPA (academic excellence within the dance discipline), as determined by the chapter sponsor or faculty advisor in light of chapter goals and institutional policies.

The dance GPA works especially well in schools that offer a broad spectrum of coursework consisting of dance technique, choreography and composition, movement sciences (anatomy, kinesiology, Bartenieff, etc.), dance pedagogy (teaching methodology, standards and assessments, education theory and practicum, etc.), and specific academic courses (history, criticism, literature, research, philosophic foundation of dance, etc.).

The overall GPA works especially well in schools that offer accredited electives in dance but do not offer a full dance major or minor program.

Should a student’s GPA fall below a 3.5 (dance or overall) after induction, there is no penalty or movement to dishonor the student. NHSDA designations remain with the student’s record. The faculty advisor and/or Chapter Sponsor are encouraged to work with the student to help the student regain academic rigor.

In schools where an official GPA system is not used, Chapter Sponsors and Inductees should do their best to calculate an estimated GPA based on the student’s current academic grades. There are also online GPA calculators available.