Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

2016 Incoming Class Statistics

By the Numbers

3,931 applications received for 300 spaces
308 students enrolling this fall
49% to 51% male to female ratio
75% to 25% PA to non-PA ratio

Beyond the Numbers: Interesting Facts and Accomplishments

Other Facts

  • 27 Valedictorians
  • 22 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!
  • Two students are twins, but their twin is not attending Penn State. One of our Scholars is also a triplet!

General Characteristics

Activities & Organizations
  • Marching Band
  • Theatre
  • Orchestra
  • Yearbook
  • Newspaper Editors
  • Cheerleaders/Dancers/Color Guard
  • Debate Team
  • Science Olympiad
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Antidefamation League Peer Trainer
  • Girls Advisory Board
  • School Board Representatives
  • State Delegate to National 4H Conference
  • Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar
  • People to People Ambassador Program
  • JR Achievement
  • Rotary Youth Leadership

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
  • Rifle Team
  • Archery
  • Equestrian
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Figure Skating
  • Cricket
  • 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: softball, women's swim team, men's volleyball and football.

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:

  • Curie Academy of Engineering at Cornell University
  • Notre Dame Summer Scholars Program
  • National Leadership Forum on Medicine at Columbia University
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute
  • Bucknell Mechanics Summer Camp
  • Virginia Tech Inside Architecture & Design Camp
  • US Military Academy Summer Leaders Experience
  • University of Toledo Youth Nations Global Leadership Experience
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:

  • Australia
  • Tanzania
  • Switzerland
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Lithuania
  • Panama
  • Romania
  • Indonesia
  • Senegal
  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ireland
  • South Korea
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:

  • The Washington Post
  • The National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
  • PA Fish & Boat Commission
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Weather Service
  • Pittsburgh Zoo
  • Independent Contractor for Amish/Mennonite Newspaper
  • DNA Research at Duquesne University
  • Tolkien Crater Research with NASA
  • Division of Autism Services at Hershey Medical Center

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
  • The VA Hospitals of Pittsburgh
  • ESL Teachers
  • Appalachia Service Project
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Political Campaign Volunteers
  • Milton Hershey School
  • African Library Project
  • Child Rights & You (CRY)
  • The Awareness Club
  • Stomp Out Stigma
  • Hugs of Hope Stuffed Animal Drive
  • Service Missions (including Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Costa Rica)

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:

  • Mime Artist
  • Top 10 in GA State Junior Golf Championship
  • US National Hockey Championships
  • Sang National Anthem at Philadelphia Phillies Game
  • Produced Original Rap Projects in Spanish
  • Counselor at Jump Rope Camp
  • Created the Website Eight Eighths
  • Published in "67 Inspiring Stories", inspired by Nelson Mandela
  • Licensed HAM Operator
  • Tennis Ball Boy for Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
  • Attended US Chess School and studied under champion Alex Shabalov
  • Founder of Project Fairy Dust & Magic Wands
  • Disney Imagineer
  • Producer of World's Most Interesting Student Videos
  • Member of Ukrainian Dance Troupe
  • Performed in Philadelphia Mummer's Parade
  • Performed in the Rose Parade
  • Performed Taps Aboard the USS Salem CA-139
  • Founded a Skateboard Manufacturing Company
  • Redesigned the Car Tissue Box
  • Plays the Guzheng, an ancient Chinese instrument
  • Known as the "Knight of the Periodic Table"
  • Known as "Pi Girl"
  • Owns Snow-Making Equipment

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