Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

2017 Incoming Class Statistics

By the Numbers

3,722 applications received for 300 spaces
332 students enrolling this fall
41% to 59% male to female ratio
72% to 27% PA to non-PA ratio

Beyond the Numbers: Interesting Facts and Accomplishments

Other Facts

  • 20 Valedictorians
  • 24 students served as Presidents of their Senior Class in High School
  • One set of twins enrolling in this year's class together, as well as two other students who are twins, but their twin will not be at Penn State. One of our Scholars is also a triplet!

General Characteristics

Activities & Organizations
  • Marching Band
  • Theatre
  • Orchestra
  • Yearbook
  • Newspaper Editors
  • Eagle Scouts/Girl Scouts
  • Cheerleaders/Dancers/Color Guard
  • Thespians/Drama Club
  • Debate Team
  • Science Olympiad
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • School Board Representatives
  • Junior Councilperson for Town Borough
  • Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar
  • Camp Neidig (Rotary Club's Leadership Camp)
  • Westinghouse Science Honors Institute
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Junior ROTC
  • Summer Leadership Experience at Military Academy at West Point
  • US Space Camp
  • Wildlife Leadership Academy
  • Leadership Summit in the Hague

Of the 308 new Scholars in this class, 77 served as captains of their respective high school athletic teams. Sports played by incoming Scholars include:

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Softball
  • Wrestling
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Triathlon
  • Fencing
  • Twirlers
  • Archery
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Martial Arts

There are also a few new Scholars who will be competing on Penn State's Division I athletic teams. There is one Scholar each on the following Penn State teams: women's soccer, women's swim team, women's ice hockey and fencing.

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 67 different colleges and universities for their studies or enrichment programs, including:

  • Sichuan University (China)
  • Cornell University TST New Vision Life Sciences Program
  • Summer STEM Program at the US Naval Academy
  • Penn State Honors Music Institute
  • Boston University Summer Pre-College Program in Journalism, Business and Photography
  • The Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students at the University of Waterloo
  • School of NY Times' "Law in the Real World" Pre-College Program
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 53 different foreign countries around the world. Countries visited include:

  • Vietnam
  • Taiwan
  • Norway
  • Guatemala
  • Belgium
  • Ecuador
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Ghana
  • Malawi
Research & Service Opportunities

Schreyer Scholars actively engage in research and service opportunities throughout their Penn State experience. Several members of this incoming class have already distinguished themselves in these areas, acquiring significant experience across a broad range of fields.

Internship and research sites included:

  • Pittsburgh Zoo
  • Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador
  • Discovery Guide at Central Park Zoo
  • UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
  • EFI Polymers
  • Sheetz Human Resources
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Hershey's Chocolate World
  • Toxic Algae Bloom Research at Temple University
  • Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science at University of Pennsylvania
  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Smilou Center for Translational Research in Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
  • Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)
  • Cardiac Unit at Allegheny General Hospital

A couple of students have already published research papers in publications like the PGSS Journal, the Soil Horizons Journal and the Astrophysics Journal.

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
  • Food Banks
  • Best Buddies
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Animal Shelters
  • Seeds to Educate (children's education in Pakistan)
  • Railway Beautification Project (Mumbai)
  • Into the Leprosy Village (China)
  • FIFA-sponsored Summer Day Camp (Costa Rica)
  • Girls Who Code
  • Jewish Social Justice Program
  • Sister Scholars (education in Nicaragua/Tanzania)
  • Camp Swift (for children from broken/abusive homes)
  • Over the Mood (teen mental health)

Fun Facts

While we could spend hours detailing the many accomplishments of this class, we'd also like to share the lighter side of things with some fun facts from the Schreyer Honors College Class of 2020. Talents of this class include:

  • Two private pilots
  • 34-mile Ultra Marathon runner
  • Designed own clothing line
  • Received the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • App designers/developers
  • Organizer of a Zombie Run
  • Publisher of short stories on Kindle
  • Participated in SeaPearch, underwater robot competition
  • Attended FBI Future Agent Training Program
  • Put on a chemistry magic show for elementary school students
  • Founder of to encourage healthy eating
  • York County Dairy Princess
  • Spent 20 hours constructing an arch bridge made out of pasta
  • Artist of a drawing hanging in the Capitol Building
  • One of the top 100 chess players in the country
  • Played national anthem at New York Mets baseball game and at Disney World
  • Scholars have sung at St. Patricks Cathedral, Cantebury Cathedral, Lincoln Center and Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Played violin at the White House
  • Professional recording artist (saxophone)

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