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]


Details regarding the Schreyer Honors College can be found in their Annual Report.[5]

Enrollment in the Schreyer Honors College is typically around 2,000 students, with 300 incoming students per year. Typically, about 80 % of the Honors students are from Pennsylvania.

Incoming student application requirements include excellent high school grades, strong extracurricular activities, and positive teacher references. The average high school GPA is typically 4.00/4.00. Typically, the average SAT score for incoming students is 2150/2400, although SAT scores are not used in the admissions decision process at the Honors College.

First year students admitted to the Honors College earn a $4,500-per-year academic scholarship which is renewable for four years.

Current Penn State students with strong academic and volunteer credentials can apply to transfer to the Honors College as sophomores or juniors. These students are not eligible for the $4,500-per-year academic scholarship.

To graduate as a Schreyers Scholar, students in the Honors College are required to maintain a 3.4 GPA, take a selection of Honors classes and complete an Honors Senior Thesis.


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. 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.


  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. ^ "SHC Annual Report". SHC Annual Report. Penn State University. 

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