When you hire Scholars or Scholar alumni, you gain employees who are not just innovative thinkers and academic powerhouses — they also have a sense of how their lives and work fit into the world, they have volunteered in their communities and abroad, and they have actively engaged in their own leadership development. Your next great hire is right here at the Schreyer Honors College.
Scholars serve as leaders across campus, in the local community, and as volunteers across the globe. They effectively work with others while learning how to lead, delegate, motivate, and follow.
Our Scholars accept challenges and offer new solutions that will improve their communities. They treat the world as their laboratory — analyzing and applying their research to real-life situations.
The ability to plan is essential for Scholars. They must complete an honors thesis which requires extensive research, analysis and problem-solving skills. They also demonstrate a strong work ethic and dedication to academic excellence as exemplified by a minimum 3.5 GPA for over 98% of the graduating class.
Participating in limited-size classes with challenging professors forces our Scholars to hone their communications skills. They must interact and collaborate with others in their classes and participate in critical discussion. Outside of the classroom, they work and conduct research alongside faculty, graduate students, alumni, and staff.
Through the Honors College's signature study abroad programs and service-learning opportunities, Scholars get multiple opportunities to experience foreign countries and cultures. They also develop intellectual discourse based on intercultural understanding.
A Spectrum of Outcomes
Where Our Graduates Go
The Schreyer Honors College experience opens up a world of opportunity — from top-tier graduate and professional programs to employment by leaders in commerce and industry.
I decided to enroll in the Schreyer Honors College as I needed the atmosphere. In a big campus like Penn State, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like just another face in the crowd, so it was important to me to find a setting where I could stand out. The Honors College has allowed me to make many close friends, very quickly, who challenge me to become the best version of myself.