About the College
Peggy A. Johnson, Dean, Schreyer Honors College
The Schreyer Honors College, regarded as one of the nation’s top programs of its kind, promotes achieving academic excellence with integrity, building a global perspective, and creating opportunities for leadership and civic engagement. Schreyer Scholars, including Gateway Scholars admitted after their first or second year of enrollment, are a diverse and motivated group of approximately 2,000 students at University Park and 20 Commonwealth campuses. The College strives to educate students who will have an important and ethical influence in the world, to improve educational practice, and to continue to be recognized as a leading force in honors education nationwide.
Failure to attain a GPA of at least 3.40 in one full-time semester places a student in warning status for the following semester and removes them from good academic standing in the College. Students on Academic Warning will continue to receive honors scholarships but will not be eligible for grants.
Change of Campus
Schreyer Scholars may start at any of Penn State’s undergraduate campuses but must complete their junior and senior years at Abington, Altoona, Behrend, Berks, Brandywine, Harrisburg, or University Park. Current Penn State students may be admitted into the Schreyer Honors College through the Gateway admission process.
First-year and sophomore students should expect to fulfill most or all of their honors requirements via honors courses, with limited exceptions by major and campus. A grade of C or higher is required for an honors course to meet honors credit requirements. With approval of the instructor and their honors adviser, students may take honors option courses that are typically not honors courses. A list of honors courses can be found via LionPATH.
The College’s Academic Team holds various events throughout the year to help Scholars with their theses. Scholars may also schedule one-on-one appointments with the College’s academic staff. Weekly digital newsletters help keep Scholars up-to-date on important academic deadlines.
Scholars’ options to study abroad include signature travel programs; international service learning; Schreyer Ambassador Travel Grants; and International Thesis Research Grants. Travel grant funding is available only to Scholars in good standing.
Honors advisers serve as principal resources for students for helping them choose majors, which enrichment and professional development opportunities should be pursued in addition to their coursework, and thesis preparation. Advisers can be faculty members or full-time academic advisers, depending on the academic college.
Schreyer Scholars interact with alumni or other university guests in seminars and career information sessions on campus, join mentoring programs that pair them with alumni, and travel to cities like New York and Washington, D.C., to meet with Scholar alumni.