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We Are…Shaping the World

Join the next generation of leaders in the Schreyer Honors College. Achieve academic excellence with integrity. Build a global perspective. Lead and engage with the community around you. Take advantage of incredible opportunities at one of the world's premier public research institutions.

Welcome to the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State.

Schreyer By The Numbers

Why Schreyer?

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Top Honors Program

Penn State's Schreyer Honors College was one of seven public university honors programs that received a top rating from

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We Are #1

Penn State has been ranked #1 by corporate recruiters.

Top 2%

Schreyer Scholars represent the top 2% of students at Penn State who lead in the classroom and beyond.

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Start Here…End Up Anywhere

Graduating with honors from Penn State opens up a world of opportunity — from top-tier graduate schools to employment by leaders in commerce and industry.

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Living with Honors

Honors housing is the perfect mix of residence life fun in an environment dedicated to academic achievement — all located in the heart of campus and next to downtown State College.

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Your Network

Penn State boasts the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world.

$5,000 Scholarship

All first-year Scholars receive the Academic Excellence Scholarship, a value of $5,000 per year.

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Engaged Alumni

Schreyer Scholars have opportunities to develop relationships with some of the University's most accomplished graduates.

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Academic Excellence with Integrity

The Schreyer Honors College provides the best of a small-college experience within a major research university that is home to some of the top-ranked academic programs in the country.

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Academic Requirements

Schreyer Scholars are held to high academic standards, including maintaining a minimum 3.40 semesterly and cumulative GPA, completing at least 35 total honors credits and submitting an honors thesis.

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Honors Courses

More than 300 courses, taught by leading faculty, span the academic spectrum. Honors classes typically enroll no more than 25 students. Some honors courses are enriched versions of regular Penn State offerings while others are unique to the honors curriculum.

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Schreyer Scholars celebrating submitting their thesis by hitting the gong

Honors Thesis

The thesis distinguishes a Schreyer Scholar’s career and accomplishments at Penn State. It is a substantial, scholarly work that defines a Scholar’s academic achievement.

About the Thesis

Building a Global Perspective

Learn about the world and supplement your education by seeing it for yourself. Forty percent of Schreyer Scholars study abroad during their time at Penn State. Join them via one of Penn State's 200+ global experiences or by engaging in one of the Schreyer Honors College's signature programs.

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Study Abroad

Forty percent of Schreyer Scholars study abroad during their time at Penn State. In 2017-18 alone, Scholars spent time in more than 50 countries.

Travel the World

Travel Grants

Our travel grant program provides funding for Scholars pursuing an international experience. Last year, the Schreyer Honors College provided funding for 400+ grants totaling more than $250,000.

Fund Your Exploration
Schreyer Scholar Chase Harmon with a child in Rwanda
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Signature Programs

The Schreyer Honors College offers a variety of Signature Travel Programs in addition to the hundreds of programs offered through Penn State. These special programs provide the enrichment of an honors course alongside an international experience.

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Creating Opportunities for Leadership & Civic Engagement

The Schreyer Honors College places an emphasis on what happens outside of the classroom as well as on what happens in it. Scholars are encouraged to impact their communities and shape the world around them. Make the most of your time here — discover new interests, volunteer, learn, create and lead.

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Student Clubs & Organizations

There are more than 1,200 student organizations at Penn State including professional honors societies, fraternities and sororities, student government, Archery Club, Ballroom Dance Team, Japanese Friendship Association and many more. You'll find Scholars active and involved with many.

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Community Involvement & Service

From THON, Penn State's 46-hour dance marathon to fight against pediatric cancer, to Global Water Brigades and Habitat for Humanity, Schreyer Honors Scholars volunteer and serve locally, nationally and around the world.

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Schreyer Scholar playing soccer for Penn State


There are more than 20 Scholars who compete on Penn State's NCAA teams. In addition to that, Scholars are on the field or court for more than a dozen intramural squads and club teams including tennis, volleyball and cross-country.

Performing Arts

Scholars can be found on stage as members of performing arts groups such as the Penn State Thespians, the Orchesis Dance Company, the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, Essence of Joy and the Glee Club.

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Earvin Magic Johnson speaking at the Schreyer Honors College Shaping the Future Summit

Special Events

Schreyer Scholars are afforded special opportunities to meet dignitaries, corporate leaders, distinguished faculty and other campus visitors.

Meet Our Scholars and Scholar Alumni

Schreyer Scholar and International Children's Peace Prize winner Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta '18 International Children's Peace Prize Winner

Meet Neha
Schreyer Scholar Sebastien Kraft

Sebastien Kraft '22 Filmmaker

Meet Sebastien
Schreyer Scholar and Olympic fencing hopeful Zara Moss

Zara Moss '21 World-Class Fencer

Meet Zara
Schreyer Scholar Kriston Ramdass

Kriston Ramdass '20 Aerospace Engineer

Meet Kriston
Schreyer Scholar Noorein Ahmed

Noorein Ahmed '19 Health Policy Administrator

Meet Noorein
Schreyer Scholar Alexandre Bourcier

Alexandre Bourcier '19 Cancer Biologist

Meet Alexandre
Schreyer Scholar Colleen McBride

Colleen McBride '19 Branding & Public Relations Specialist

Meet Colleen
Schreyer Scholar and Penn State Men's Volleyball player Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith '20 Penn State Men's Volleyball Player

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Schreyer Scholar Adriana Vagelli

Adriana Vagelli '19 Biologist & Hemingway Researcher

Meet Adriana
Schreyer Scholar Nick Karafilis

Nick Karafilis '19 Historian & Storyteller

Meet Nick
Schreyer Scholar Rebecca Barnes

Rebecca Barnes '19 Linguistic Researcher

Meet Rebecca
Schreyer Scholar Tice Harkins

Tice Harkins '19 Cardiology Researcher

Meet Tice

Connect With Other Scholars

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Next Steps

Accept Your Offers

Ready to become a Schreyer Scholar and a Nittany Lion? If you haven't done so already, accept both your Penn State and Schreyer Honors College offers!

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Complete Housing/Food Contract

After accepting your Penn State and Schreyer Honors College offers, you must complete your Housing & Food Service contract by May 15 to guarantee on-campus housing for the fall semester.

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Visit Schreyer

Join us for an Offer Reception — an opportunity to meet Schreyer Honors College staff, alumni and current students and to ask questions about life as a Scholar at Penn State.



Schedule your New Student Orientation (NSO) at Penn State and make plans to attend Schreyer Honors Orientation (SHO TIME) right before fall classes begin.


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