The Penn State Schuylkill Honors Program offers students the opportunity to enrich their education by taking honors courses, working closely with faculty on special projects as well as participating in honors-related extracurricular activities and service projects.
Students enrolled in the campus Honors Program take seven credits of honors courses each academic year. Schreyer Scholars at the campus complete nine credits of honors courses. Honors credit is awarded for successful completion of honors courses, honors options (honors projects developed with qualified faculty members as part of regular courses), as well as honors independent study courses. These courses fulfill General Education and other curricular requirements, and the honors designation appears on the student's transcript.
At the beginning of each semester, Honors students work with their academic advisers as well as the Honors coordinators to develop individualized Academic Plans that include appropriate honors course work.
Schreyer Scholars and Honors Program members are entitled to several benefits:
- registration priority
- partially-funded domestic and international travel
- recognition at Penn State Schuylkill's Honors Convocation
Interested first-year students with a 3.5 or higher GPA will be invited to complete an application to the honors program. Applications will undergo an approval process and students whose applications have been approved will be admitted to the honors program.
Interested full-time students who have finished their first semester or year at the Schuylkill campus qualify with a GPA of 3.5 in credit-bearing courses.
Interested part-time students who have accumulated at least twelve credit-hours at Penn State qualify with a GPA of 3.5 in credit-bearing courses.
To maintain honors status in the Penn State Schuylkill Honors Program, a student must file an Annual Academic Plan by the end of the third week of each semester, complete a minimum of seven (see above) credits of honors work per academic year, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 at the end of each academic year.
Additionally, students must sign and abide by the Honors Code, which is based on the Penn State Principles, and participate in honors advising in order to remain in the program.
Penn State Schuylkill Honors Society
Schreyer Scholars and members of the Honors Program are also members of the Honors Society. The Society's activities include regular meetings run by elected student officers, visits to major U.S. museums, international travel, campus lectures, and attendance at cultural events.
For more information:
Dr. Valerie Schrader
Penn State Schuylkill Honors Coordinator
Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences
204 Nittany II Apartments
Dr. Arturo Zilleruelo
Penn State Schuylkill Honors Associate Coordinator
Assistant Teaching Professor of English
204 Nittany II Apartments
Schreyer Honors College
The Schreyer Honors College is a Penn State university-wide program that offers challenging academic courses, extracurricular opportunities, and an opportunity to write an original honors thesis. First-year students admitted to the Schreyer Honors College are awarded a 4-year scholarship and can begin their program of study at any Penn State campus.
Penn State students at a campus other than University Park can apply to the Schreyer Honors College after finishing their first year at a campus if they have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher in credit-bearing courses and complete the Schreyer Honors College admissions process with the help of the Honors Coordinators.
Students admitted to the Schreyer Honors College after their first year must agree to complete their sophomore year at a campus other than University Park.
Students who have finished their first two years at a campus other than UP may also apply to become a member of the Schreyer Honors College if they have earned a 3.7 or higher GPA in credit-bearing courses and complete the Schreyer Honors College's admissions process with the help of the Honors Coordinators. In certain majors, campuses other than UP are qualified to graduate Schreyer Scholars.
A special commencement ceremony is held at University Park for all graduating Schreyer Scholars. The President of the University presents each graduating Schreyer Scholar with an embossed Scholars Medal. Schreyer Scholars also receive the Penn State Honors designation on their diplomas.