Honor Point System

Through both the Women’s Athletic Association and the Women’s League, female students were encouraged to get involved on campus outside of the classroom. In order to incentivize female students to get involved in these academic, social, or athletic activities, the League established the Honor Point System, which was renamed the Merit System in 1934. According to the League, the purpose of the Merit System was to “promote efficiency and group consciousness in a large number of the University women.”1 For each activity that a student participated in, she received a certain number of merits, which would accumulate over the year. Students who received a certain number of points would receive awards.

1. Point [Merit] System, 1925-1934, Box 1, Women’s League University of Michigan Records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.