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 13, 2019

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for New Scholars

    Monday, September 16, 2019

Priority Registration for Next Semester
  • Priority Registration for Spring

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

    Monday, September 16, 2019

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Monday, November 4, 2019

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, November 11, 2019

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, November 18, 2019

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Senior Reception

    Friday, December 20, 2019, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Friday, December 20, 2019, 5:00 PM, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, January 24, 2020

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for All Scholars

    Monday, March 2, 2020

Priority Registration for Next Semester
  • Priority Registration for Fall

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Friday, April 12, 2019

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

    Friday, January 17, 2020

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Friday, March 6, 2020

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, April 6, 2020

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, April 13, 2020

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  • Senior Reception

    Friday, May 8, 2020, 1:30 PM - 3PM, Pegula Ice Arena

  • Medals Ceremony

    Friday, May 8, 2020, 4:30 PM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, July 13, 2020

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, July 20, 2020

  • Thesis Schreyer Approval Deadline

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

  • Senior Reception

    Saturday, August 15, 2020, TBA, TBA

  • Medals Ceremony

    Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9:00 AM, Bryce Jordan Center

General Deadlines
  • Honors Option Deadline

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Schreyer Plan Deadline for New Scholars

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Saturday, November 16, 2019

  • Thesis Format Midpoint Check-In Deadline

  • Thesis Format Review Deadline

    Monday, November 2, 2020

  • Final Thesis Submission Deadline

    Monday, November 9, 2020

  • Thesis Faculty Approval

    Monday, November 16, 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

Deadlines for Graduating Scholars
  • Thesis Proposal Deadline

    Thursday, April 16, 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

    Monday, September 13, 2021

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

    Friday, April 15, 2022

  • 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

    Friday, September 9, 2022

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

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 Integrated Undergraduate Graduate program allowed me to pursue a master’s degree while finishing my bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. Extending my commitment to research allowed me to confirm my desire for a career as a physician scientist.

Alison Roby '18 Bioengineering

Setting the Standard Honors Requirements

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