Small Honors College, Large University Why Schreyer?

The Schreyer Honors College is truly unique. Our position within Penn State means that we can give our students access to the amazing resources of a major research institution while providing the support and community of a small liberal arts college. It's really the best of both worlds.

Joining the Honors College means that you will join a group of students who define the best in academic achievement, but who are also committed to changing their communities, their workplaces, and the world for the better.

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Neha Gupta receiving the International Childrens Peace Prizes

What Sets Us Apart The Schreyer Advantage

The Schreyer Honors College is widely and consistently recognized as one of the top undergraduate programs in the United States. With access to distinguished faculty, smaller honors class sizes, and individualized support, the honors experience at Penn State is designed to position students for success.

Schreyer Honors College Scholars Medals

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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300+ Honors Courses

A vibrant learning experience led by captivating instructors. These small, enrollment-capped classes are driven by lively, challenging discussions and energetic debate.

IUG Programs

Earn a bachelor's and a master's degree within five years.

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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.

Live, Learn & Lead
Schreyer Scholar Alejandro Cuevas working on his thesis

Honors Thesis

As a Scholar you are required to complete an undergraduate honors thesis representing the culmination of your honors experience.

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Priority Registration

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

$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.

Schreyer Scholar Markea Dickinson on a cliff in Argentina

Signature Study Abroad

We believe a well-developed and experience-based global perspective is critical to your success, wherever your path might lead after graduation.

Go Global

Start Here, Go Anywhere Where Our Graduates Go

Recent Graduates (2021-22)

Graduating with honors from Penn State opens up a world of opportunity. Scholar alumni can be found working, serving, and learning on six of the seven continents and all around the United States at top-tier graduate schools, leadership positions in commerce and industry, and some of the most esteemed public service initiatives.

Wherever you want to go from here, the Schreyer Honors College will help you get there.

Employers Graduate Schools Other Outcomes
Outcome Type Percent of Graduates
Industry/Workforce 53%
Graduate/Professional School 43%
Other 4%

Five- and Ten-Year Outcomes (2016-17 and 2011-12)

The Schreyer Honors College tradition of academic excellence follows our Scholars well into their futures. Review the breakdown of post-baccalaureate degrees obtained by Scholars five and ten years after they've graduated from the Honors College.

The five- and ten-year outcomes project was a collaboration between Schreyer Honors College Career Development and Penn State's Office of Planning and Assessment. All data was collected from the National Student Clearinghouse to create a complete and accurate picture of the paths our Scholars took in post-baccalaureate work.

Degree Five-Year Graduates Ten-Year Graduates
Masters 102 137
MBA 6 19
Doctorate 0 68
Medical 28 52
Law 20 34
Specialist 0 0
Schreyer Scholar Maria Smereka

You get a lot of support and help with your educational goals. You have your own personalized honors adviser to help you and check your schedule for you. The honors classes you can take really enrich your understanding of whatever subject you’re trying to learn.

Maria Smereka ' 23 Biology

Small Honors College, Large University Why Schreyer?

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