Setting the Standard Honors Requirements

Planning your academic path, including the timeline for your honors thesis, is an integral part of the honors experience.

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Remain in Good Standing Requirements by Admit Type

To remain in good standing and retain the benefits of being a Scholar in the Schreyer Honors College, you must meet minimum GPA requirements, honors course and credit requirements, and submission deadlines for required forms. The requirements are determined by your year of entry into the College.

First-Year Admits

Scholars admitted to the Schreyer Honors College as first-year students must:

  • Enroll in and pass, with a grade of C or higher, ENGL/CAS 137H/138T during your first two semesters
  • Maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of at least 3.40
  • Submit the Schreyer Plan
  • Complete 21 honors credits during your first and sophomore years (includes ENGL/CAS 137H/138T)
  • Complete 14 honors credits during your junior and senior years
  • Submit an approved honors thesis, meeting all thesis requirements and deadlines

Sophomore Admits (including Paterno Fellows)

Scholars admitted to the Schreyer Honors College as sophomores must:.

  • Maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of at least 3.40
  • Submit the Schreyer Plan
  • Complete 9 honors credits during your sophomore year
  • Complete 14 honors credits during your junior and senior years
  • Submit an approved honors thesis, meeting all thesis requirements and deadlines

Junior Admits (including Paterno Fellows)

Scholars admitted to the Schreyer Honors College as juniors must:

  • Maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of at least 3.40
  • Submit the Schreyer Plan
  • Complete 14 honors credits during your junior and senior years
  • Submit an approved honors thesis, meeting all thesis requirements and deadlines

Top Tips

Regularly consult the Scholar Handbook for your respective class.

Take advantage of early scheduling opportunities.

Check in regularly with your assigned honors adviser.

Mark Your Calendar Important Dates & Deadlines

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for New Scholars

    Sunday, September 13, 2020

Priority Registration for Next Semester (subject to change)
  • Priority Registration for Spring

    Monday, October 19, 2020

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Saturday, November 16, 2019

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

    Monday, September 21, 2020

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Sunday, November 1, 2020

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Sunday, November 8, 2020

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Sunday, November 15, 2020

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • Senior Reception

    Friday, December 18, 2020, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Friday, December 18, 2020, 5:00 PM, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for All Scholars

    Monday, March 1, 2021

Priority Registration for Next Semester (subject to change)
  • Priority Registration for Summer

    Priority Registration for Fall

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Friday, May 15, 2020

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Friday, March 5, 2021

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Senior Reception

    Friday, May 7, 2021, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Friday, May 7, 2021, 4:30 PM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, July 2, 2021

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Monday, July 5, 2021

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, July 12, 2021

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, July 19, 2021

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • Senior Reception

    Saturday, August 14, 2021, ,

  • Medals Ceremony

    Saturday, August 14, 2021, 9:00 AM,

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Wednesday, September 3, 2121

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for New Scholars

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Saturday, November 15, 2121

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

    Monday, September 13, 2021

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Monday, November 1, 2021

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, November 8, 2021

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, November 15, 2021

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • Senior Reception

    Friday, December 17, 2021, ,

  • Medals Ceremony

    Friday, December 17, 2021, 5:00 PM, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, January 21, 2022

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for All Scholars

    Friday, March 4, 2022

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Friday, March 4, 2022

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, April 4, 2022

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, April 11, 2022

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, April 13, 2022

  • Senior Reception

    Friday, May 6, 2022, ,

  • Medals Ceremony

    Friday, May 6, 2022, 4:30 PM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, July 1, 2022

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Tuesday, July 5, 2022

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, July 11, 2022

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, July 18, 2022

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Tuesday, July 19, 2022

  • Senior Reception

    Saturday, August 13, 2022, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Saturday, August 13, 2022, 9:00 AM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, September 2, 2022

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for New Scholars

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Monday, October 31, 2022

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, November 7, 2022

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, November 14, 2022

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, November 16, 2022

  • Senior Reception

    Friday, December 16, 2022, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Friday, December 16, 2022, 5:00 PM, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, January 20, 2023

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for All Scholars

    Friday, March 3, 2023

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Saturday, April 16, 2022

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Friday, March 3, 2023

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, April 3, 2023

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, April 10, 2023

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, April 12, 2023

  • Senior Reception

    Friday, May 5, 2023, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Friday, May 5, 2023, 4:30 PM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, June 30, 2023

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, July 14, 2022

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Wednesday, July 5, 2023

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, July 10, 2023

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, July 17, 2023

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Tuesday, July 18, 2023

  • Senior Reception

    Saturday, August 12, 2023, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Saturday, August 12, 2023, 9:00 AM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, September 1, 2023

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for New Scholars

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, November 17, 2022

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Monday, October 30, 2023

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, November 6, 2023

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, November 13, 2023

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023

  • Senior Reception

    Friday, December 15, 2023, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Friday, December 15, 2023, 5:00 PM, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, January 19, 2024

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for All Scholars

    Saturday, March 2, 2024

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Saturday, April 15, 2023

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Saturday, March 2, 2024

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Tuesday, April 2, 2024

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Tuesday, April 9, 2024

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Thursday, April 11, 2024

  • Senior Reception

    Saturday, May 4, 2024, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Saturday, May 4, 2024, 4:30 PM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Saturday, June 29, 2024

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, July 13, 2023

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Wednesday, July 3, 2024

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Tuesday, July 9, 2024

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, July 17, 2024

  • Senior Reception

    Sunday, August 11, 2024, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Sunday, August 11, 2024, 9:00 AM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Saturday, August 31, 2024

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for New Scholars

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, November 16, 2023

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Tuesday, October 29, 2024

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Tuesday, November 5, 2024

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Tuesday, November 12, 2024

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Thursday, November 14, 2024

  • Senior Reception

    Saturday, December 14, 2024, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Saturday, December 14, 2024, 5:00 PM, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Saturday, January 18, 2025

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for All Scholars

    Saturday, March 1, 2025

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Sunday, April 14, 2024

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Saturday, March 1, 2025

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Tuesday, April 1, 2025

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Tuesday, April 8, 2025

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Thursday, April 10, 2025

  • Senior Reception

    Saturday, May 3, 2025, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Saturday, May 3, 2025, 4:30 PM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Saturday, June 28, 2025

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Friday, July 12, 2024

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Wednesday, July 2, 2025

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Tuesday, July 8, 2025

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Tuesday, July 15, 2025

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, July 16, 2025

  • Senior Reception

    Sunday, August 10, 2025, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Sunday, August 10, 2025, 9:00 AM, Bryce Jordan Center

Be Prepared Graduating with Honors

To graduate with honors, you must ensure that you have followed the requirements and recommendations below.

Schreyer Scholar Alison Roby

The Schreyer Honors College allows its students to reach their full potential and challenges them to be even better. More importantly, when we achieve our dreams, we have a fantastic community behind us that wants to celebrate our accomplishments along with us.

Alison Roby '18 Bioengineering

Setting the Standard Honors Requirements

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