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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 coordinator to develop individualized Academic Plans that include appropriate honors course work.

Schreyer Scholars and Honors Program members are entitled to several benefits:

  • registration priority
  • semester-long library loans
  • partially-funded domestic and international travel
  • recognition at Penn State Schuylkill's Honors Convocation

Eligibility

Interested first-year students qualify for the Honors program by meeting at least one of these standards:

  • registered for either English 30 or Math 141
  • 1700 overall SAT score
  • 4 or more on any AP exam

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.

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 Coordinator.

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 Coordinator. 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.

Schreyer Honors College Homepage   http://www.shc.psu.edu/

Retention

To maintain Honors or Schreyer Scholar status, 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.

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, a campus lecture, and attendance at cultural events. Campus events sponsored by the Honors Society are open to everyone at Penn State Schuylkill.

For more information:

Dr. Michael Gallis
Penn State Schuylkill Honors Co-coordinator
Associate Professor of Physics
200 University Drive, A 112
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972-2208
Email: mrg3@psu.edu
Phone: 570-385-6053

Dr. Valerie Schrader
Penn State Schuylkill Honors Co-coordinator
Assistant Professor of Communications
200 University Drive, A-112
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972-2208
Email: vls146@psu.edu
Phone: 570-385-6072

 

Honors students

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Penn State Schuylkill
Honors Program,
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Penn State Schuylkill Honors
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