Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

2018 Incoming Class Statistics

By the Numbers

3,799 applications received for 300 spaces
332 students enrolling this fall
43% to 57% male to female ratio
69% to 31% PA to non-PA ratio

Beyond the Numbers: Interesting Facts and Accomplishments

Other Facts

  • 21 Valedictorians
  • 23 students served as Presidents of their Senior Class in High School
  • One set of twins enrolling in this year's class together and one of our Scholars is also a triplet!

General Characteristics

Activities & Organizations
  • Marching Band
  • Theatre
  • Orchestra
  • Yearbook
  • Newspaper Editors
  • Eagle Scouts/Girl Scouts
  • Debate Team
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar
  • Camp Neidig (Rotary Club's Leadership Camp)
  • Westinghouse Science Honors Institute
  • PA Free Enterprise Week
  • Wendy's High School Heisman Award
  • Chik-Fil-A Leadership Academy
  • Arthur Ashe Institute
  • Air Force All Source Intelligence Analyst Course
  • Outdoor Leadership School
  • National Catholic Youth Conference

Of the 332 new Scholars in this class, 100 served as captains of their respective high school athletic teams. Sports played by incoming Scholars include:

  • Ice Hockey (one female Scholar played on an all-male team)
  • Martial Arts
  • Stunt Team
  • Cheerleading (including a top 5 national champion)

We even have a few new Scholars who will be competing on Penn State's athletic teams: men's volleyball, softball and swimming teams. Our men's volleyball player trained at the US Olympic Center with the US Youth National Team. We also have a Scholar on the women's volleyball team at our campus in Erie.

The Arts

The artistic talent in this class is also quite impressive:

  • Two members of our class are joining the Musical Theatre program at Penn State, an extremely competitive program receiving over 1500 applications for just 12 coveted spots
  • One Scholar has been a child actor since age 11
  • This class includes a classical pianist, a trained tap dancer and a national solo dance champion
  • Incoming Scholars have performed in impressive venues such as Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame, Normandy Beach and in an off-Broadway theatre
  • One Scholar has shared the stage with Idina Menzel, Sting, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen and has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Some of our Scholars have participated in parades in Disney World, the Rose Bowl Parade and the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City
  • Members of this class are also producers, having produced documentaries that appeared on C-SPAN and at the Pocono Community Theatre
Previous College Experience

Although these students are just beginning their first year at Penn State, this is not the first time they have spent on a college campus. Many of them have taken classes, attended conferences, or done research on college campuses around the country. Incoming Scholars have attended at least 64 different colleges and universities for their studies or enrichment programs, including:

  • Chinese International School in Lazhou
  • Harvard University Summer Extension Program
  • Stanford Intensive Law and Trial Program
  • Middlebury Monterey Language Academy
  • Wharton Sports Business Academy
  • Engineering campus at University of Maryland and University of Connecticut
  • Drum major campus at University of Delaware and University of Tennessee
  • Ag Discovery Program at University of Arizona
  • University of Michigan Musical Theatre Summer Conservatory
Global Perspective

Part of the mission of the Schreyer Honors College is to "build a global perspective." We believe strongly in supporting our students to engage in international experiences that will immerse them in a culture different from their own. Many members of this incoming class have already had this experience, spending significant time in 32 different foreign countries around the world. Here's some sense of where you all have been:

  • Travelled to Greece to complete Eagle Scout project
  • World Scholars Cup in Thailand
  • American High School Theatre Festival at Edinburgh
  • Cambridge Scholars Study Abroad
  • Gap year experience in Ecuador and Argentina
  • Exchange programs in Spain, India and Germany
Research & Service Opportunities

Research and service are also significant opportunities for Schreyer Scholars at Penn State and, for many of our first-year students, this will be nothing new. Some of you have had internship and work experience at places like:

  • The National Aviary
  • Hershey Medical Center
  • Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Microsoft

Many of your have other work experiences and learned the value of making money at places like CVS, Dairy Queen, Subway, Cracker Barrel, Chipotle, and American Eagle.

Some of you have even been able to obtain research experiences in some very unique and interesting places:

  • West Virginia University Human Computer Interaction Lab
  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
  • Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • NY Medical College
  • UPMC Children's Hospital

Service is also a common theme in this class, with Scholars volunteering at a number of locations, including:

  • Special Olympics
  • United Way
  • Relay for Life
  • Big Brothers/Sisters
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Camp Volunteers at Camp Good Grief (hospice/bereavement camp and Muscular Dystrophy camp)
  • Kicks on the Move (shoes for homeless in Atlanta)
  • Soles4Souls (donating shoes to Haiti, Honduras and Sierra Leone)
  • Gress Mountain Ranch (sanctuary for therapy animals)
  • Operation Eternal Gratitude (boxes for active military overseas)
  • Young Women's Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Teaches tennis to autistic youth
  • Coaches a special needs cheerleading team
  • Operation Smile
  • Memory Project (sharing portraits w/orphans in Tanzania)
  • Childbirth Education Association
  • Finding Shelter Animal Rescue (co-founder)
  • Life-sized Candy Land game at local library

Fun Facts

It is clear that this is a very bright, diversely talented class of Schreyer Scholars. But, they also have a "lighter side" — they aren't all about serious academic pursuits. Here are some fun and interesting facts about this class:

  • Participates in competitive Pokemon league
  • Can solve Rubiks Cube in 18 seconds
  • Runs a YouTube channel with over 10,000 subscribers
  • Broke a world record for "Most Cereal Boxes Toppled in a Domino Fashion"
  • Trained Skywarn spotter for Pittsburgh National Weather Service
  • Derived a simple way to generate the exact decimal digital of Pi in AP Calculus
  • Repelled down a 160-foot waterfall in Costa Rica
  • Owns DJ business
  • Published a book for sale on Amazon
  • Produced award-winning podcasts in South Carolina
  • Runs own aerial photography business
  • Built an automated bear, "Billy the Bear", that plays Tic-Tac-Toe with kids and gives them facts about bears

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