The Marygrove Chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi, the national Catholic college honor society, is active on campus, as are the following national honor societies: Pi Delta Phi (French), Phi Alpha (Social Work), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), and Sigma Tau Delta (English).

An honor society unique to Marygrove—Iota Gamma Alpha—recognizes outstanding students for their academic success, distinguished leadership, and exemplary service contributions to the College and civic community.

Two of the major awards given at the Honors Convocation are the Distinguished Student Award and the St. Catherine Medal. The Marygrove Distinguished Student Award is given to an outstanding senior, chosen on the basis of academic excellence, leadership ability, and service to the community. The St. Catherine Medal is an award for the sophomore or junior who has either rendered some specific outstanding service to the College or established the best record for progressive achievement.

A specified number of juniors or seniors with at least 24 credits at Marygrove and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better is eligible for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Students are also awarded honors for excellence in their majors.