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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.

300 incoming first-year students

3.86 average GPA of 2018-19 Schreyer graduates

14,000+ Penn State Alumni to graduate with honors

300+ honors courses offered annually

Small Honors College, Large University Why Schreyer?

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Top Honors College

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

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$7,900,000+ Awarded

Over 7.9 million dollars is awarded to Scholars in grants and scholarships on a yearly basis to support our mission.

Priority Registration

Scholars are able to schedule classes first — well before course registration begins for most Penn State students.

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Our Community

Live among motivated students who are committed to making the most of their undergraduate experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.

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Start Here, Go Anywhere

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 and some of the most esteemed public service initiatives.

Where Our Graduates Go

700,000+ Alumni

Penn State's living alumni base is one of the largest in the world.

$5,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship

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

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Engaged Scholar Alumni

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.

Honors Requirements

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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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.

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Building A Global Perspective

Learn about the world and supplement your education by seeing it for yourself. 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.

Study Abroad

Forty percent of Scholars study abroad during their time at Penn State. In 2018-19 alone, Scholars spent time in more than 50 countries.

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Travel Grants

Our travel grant program provides funding for Scholars pursuing an international experience. Last year, the Schreyer Honors College provided funding for 300+ grants totaling more than $150,000.

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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.

Clubs & Organizations

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.

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, Scholars volunteer and serve locally, nationally, and around the world.


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.

Career Development

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.

Special Events

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

Making a Difference Meet Our Scholars & Scholar Alumni

Schreyer Scholar Kriston Ramdass

Kriston Ramdass '20 Aerospace Engineer

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Schreyer Scholar Alumna Colleen McBride

Colleen McBride '19 Branding & Public Relations Specialist

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Schreyer Scholar Sebastien Kraft

Sebastien Kraft '22 Filmmaker

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Schreyer Scholar Cassidy Prince

Cassidy Prince '21 Microbiology Researcher

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Schreyer Scholar Wezi Mkandawire

Wezi Mkandawire '23 Engineer & Musician

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Schreyer Scholar Madison Evans

Madison Evans '20 Biomedical Engineering Researcher

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Schreyer Scholar Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith '20 Penn State Men's Volleyball Player

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Schreyer Scholar Hannah Ross

Hannah Ross '20 Mental Health Advocate

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Schreyer Scholar Rafay Nasir

Rafay Nasir '21 Biology & Health Policy Administration Student

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Schreyer Scholar Zara Moss

Zara Moss '21 World-Class Fencer

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Schreyer Scholar Alumna Rebecca Barnes

Rebecca Barnes '19 Linguistic Researcher

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Schreyer Scholar Alumna Adriana Vagelli

Adriana Vagelli '19 Biologist & Hemingway Researcher

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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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Learn About the Honors Community

Explore our community of motivated students who are committed to making the most of their undergraduate experiences — both inside and outside of the classroom.

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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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Get Oriented

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