Schreyer Honors College

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Schreyer Honors College
Established 1980
Type Public
Dean Dr. Christian M. M. Brady
Location University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus University Park; Abington
Website Schreyer Honors College
The medal awarded to members of the college at graduation. Fewer than six thousand of these medals have been earned during the college's history.

The Schreyer Honors College (or SHC) is the honors program of the Pennsylvania State University. Founded in 1980 as the University Scholars Program, it was expanded and renamed in 1997 in response to a $30 million gift by William and Joan Schreyer. Schreyer was one of three honors colleges, along with those at Arizona State and Mississippi, to be listed by Reader's Digest in its "America's 100 Best" list published in May, 2005.[1] The current Dean is Christian M. M. Brady. On November 17, 2006, the Schreyers pledged an additional gift of $25 million to the Schreyer Honors College. Having contributed more than $58 million to Penn State, they were the largest family donors in the school's history, prior to the recent donation of $88 million from Terry and Kim Pegula for a new arena.[2][3]

Mission Statement[edit]

The mission of the Schreyer Honors College is to promote:

  • Achieving academic excellence with integrity
  • Building a global perspective
  • Creating opportunities for civic engagement and leadership

Schreyer Honors College Vision:

  • To educate men and women who will have an important and ethical influence in the world, affecting academic, professional, civic, social, and business outcomes.
  • To improve educational practice and to be recognized as a leading force in honors education nationwide.[4]


Enrollment in the Schreyer Honors College is limited to 1,800 students.

Application requirements include excellent high school grades, several essays, strong extracurricular activities, and teacher references. Admission is granted to current Penn State students with strong academic and volunteer credentials during first- or second-year. These students enter the honors college as sophomores or juniors, but are not eligible for the $4,500-per-year academic scholarship. The average SAT score of the incoming class of 2009 was 2075 although SAT scores are only used in the admission process to University Park, and not the Schreyer Honors College. The average high school GPA was 4.00 and the middle 50% ranged between 3.98 and 4.33. The middle 50% of SAT scores ranged from 1980 to 2170. Their 2007 ACT mid 50% is 31-33 composite score.[5] In 2005 the middle 50% of SAT scores for incoming honors students placed the College among all the Ivy Leagues, trailing only Harvard and Princeton.[6]


As of 2009, newly admitted freshmen scholars must attain a semester GPA of 3.40, or face probation. Students admitted before 2009 are required to maintain a 3.33. Failing to reach this requirement for two consecutive semesters results in dismissal from the program. Honors students are also required to take nine credits of honors classes in each of their first two years (beginning with the class of 2009), and then must take 14 credits of honors courses during their remaining time in the university. In addition, a thesis is required of all seniors as a culmination activity before graduation.


Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady (left) and ex-president Graham Spanier (right), at the Schreyer Honors College medal ceremony on December 17, 2010.

Membership in the SHC has unique benefits. As of 2006, all freshman admitted into the program receive scholarships of $3500 each of their first four years in college, an increase from the $2500 scholarships given to students admitted in previous years.[7] More recently, this guaranteed annual scholarship has been increased to $4000. Most underclassmen Scholars live in a "Living and Learning Community" honors dormitories, including both Atherton Hall and Simmons Hall. The College's Travel Ambassador program provides funding for honors student travel around the world, with gifts often matching the cost of airfare for longer trips with a service or academic focus. Academically, honors students have the benefit of early registration for classes, allowing for competitive placement. Students are offered over 220 honors classes, which are typically smaller and taught by more senior faculty than comparable courses. Additionally, the college offers an opportunity called the Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) program, which allows exceptional students to pursue their undergraduate and master's degrees concurrently. The IUG program permits students to combine the required honors thesis and graduate thesis into a single thesis for both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as allowing students to use some courses towards both degrees in order to graduate in a shorter period of time.


Schreyer honors students come from a variety of backgrounds and are involved in numerous activities on and off campus. Eleven countries and 40 states are represented by scholars, and many of them also participate in other distinguished pep and honor societies. The program is rare in that it allows for participants to major in any field of study offered by the university.


  1. ^ "Schreyer Honors College ranks among America's 100 Best by Reader's Digest". Pennsylvania State University. 2005-04-28. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  2. ^ Penn State Live
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  4. ^ Schreyer Honors College
  5. ^ brochure.pdf.
  6. ^ Penn State Live
  7. ^ [1]

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