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.
Take leadership roles in the Penn State community through one of many Scholar-led organizations.
More than $7.4 million is awarded to Scholars in grants and scholarships each year for travel, internships, research, and service.
Scholars are able to schedule classes first — well before course registration begins for most Penn State students.
Live among motivated students who are committed to making the most of their undergraduate experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.
Graduating with honors from Penn State opens up a world of opportunity — from top-tier graduate schools and leadership positions in commerce and industry to some of the most esteemed public service organizations.
Penn State's living alumni base is one of the largest in the world.
All first-year Scholars receive an Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) of $5,000 per year.
Scholars have opportunities to develop relationships with some of the University's most accomplished graduates.
The Schreyer Honors College provides the best of a small-college experience within a major research university that is home to some of the nation’s top-ranked academic programs.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the world and supplement your education by seeing it for yourself. In a typical year, forty percent of 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. Engage in online and onsite programming with Scholars and faculty on issues and topics that speak to our shared global experiences.
Typically, 40 percent of Scholars study abroad across more than 50 countries during their time at Penn State.
Our travel grant program provides funding for Scholars pursuing an international experience. Generally, the Schreyer Honors College provides funding for more than 300 grants annually, totaling more than $150,000.
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.
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.
There are more than 1,000 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.
From THON, Penn State's 46-hour dance marathon to fight against pediatric cancer, to Global Water Brigades and Habitat for Humanity, Scholars volunteer and serve locally, nationally, and around the world.
Scholars can be found competing on Penn State’s NCAA teams as well as on more than a dozen intramural and club teams, including tennis, volleyball, and cross-country.
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.
Our Scholars prepare for their futures and build their networks through sessions with employers and alumni, mentoring programs, and activities designed to cultivate their leadership abilities.
Scholars are afforded special opportunities to meet dignitaries, corporate leaders, distinguished faculty, and other campus visitors.