Schreyer Honors College


The Schreyer Honors College is Penn State's University-wide Honors program for academically superior students. It is designed to challenge talented students, to enrich and broaden their general education, and to prepare them for graduate study or for a profession. Upon completion of program requirements, Schreyer Scholars are awarded a Penn State Honors Degree.

Requirements and Eligibility

Annual Requirements:

  • Maintain a 3.40 GPA each semester.
  • Take three honors courses for a minimum of seven credits each academic year.
  • File an Annual Academic Plan.

Freshman Year (Semesters one and two): Freshmen admission by invitation based on high school GPA and SAT scores. A separate application must be submitted by February 1.

If admitted, must complete ENGL 030 and at least two additional honors courses for a minimum of (9) nine honors credits by the end of the first year. Invited to apply if complete freshman year with a 3.7+ GPA.

Sophomore Year (Semesters three and four): Complete a cumulative total (freshman and sophomore year) of at least six (6) honors courses (counting ENGL 030) for at least 18 honors credits; admission by application at end of fourth semester.

Scholars must complete a minimum of 14 honors credits over the junior and senior years including an honors thesis.

Junior Year (Semesters five and six): Honors options, independent study and research, thesis preparation.

Senior Year (Semesters seven and eight): Honors thesis work (up to six honors credits may be applied toward thesis research and writing) and additional honors options or independent study/research as needed to complete the minimum 14 honors credits.


Annual Academic Plan: Honors and Scholars must submit their plans each spring semester. Exceptions to the requirements listed above must be explained and initialed by the honors adviser on the plan.

Honors Options, Honors Independent Study/Research: Forms are due by the end of the drop/add period of the semester in which honors study is taken.