Schreyer Honors College

Penn State's Schreyer Honors College is widely recognized as one of the top undergraduate honors programs in the country.

About the Schreyer Honors College

For students looking to demonstrate excellent academic achievement, to build a global perspective, and to seek opportunities for leadership and civic engagement, the Schreyer Honors College will give you the challenge you want. Each year, 300 first-year students are admitted into the Honors College. Those students may take advantage of the many resources that the Honors College offers, including:

  • Small class sizes in honors courses
  • Fellowships
  • Scholarships
  • Specially trained honors advisers
  • Priority registration for scheduling classes
  • Honors housing
  • $5,000 Academic Excellence Scholarship ($2,500 per semester), renewable for four years

The Schreyer experience not only combines the exceptional resources available at Penn State with the advantages of an intimate college atmosphere, but it prepares students to make a difference in their communities, their disciplines, and the world.

How to Apply

You can access the Schreyer Honors College application through the Penn State application in the Common App or MyPennState. All first-year students applying to any Penn State campus and major (with the exception of students accepted to a few programs) can apply for admission to the Honors College.

Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program Applicants

Please note that students who have applied for and gained admission to the Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program may only enroll in that program or the Honors College, but not both.

The priority application date for the Schreyer Honors College is November 1. Applicants who apply by November 1 have the opportunity to participate in an optional interview as part of the selection process. Applications received after November 1 will still be evaluated for the Schreyer Honors College, but those students will not have the opportunity to interview. Every attempt will be made to accommodate interview requests but, since the interview is optional, it will not negatively impact your application if you are not able to interview. All interviews will be conducted through January 15.

All applicants will be notified of their Schreyer Honors College decision by March 1. Please visit the Schreyer Honors College website for more information on how to apply.