The Penn State Lehigh Valley 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.
Honors Program Overview
Students enrolled in the campus Honors Program take a minimum of six 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 and honors options (honors projects developed with qualified faculty members as part of regular 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. These benefits include the following:
- Registration priority
- Partially-funded international travel
- Recognition at Penn State Lehigh Valley's Honors Convocation
Interested first-year students qualify for the Honors program by meeting at least one of these standards:
- Must be registered for either English 30 or Math 141
- A 1740 overall SAT score
- Four or more on any AP exam
Interested full-time students who have finished their first semester or year at the Lehigh Valley campus qualify with a GPA of 3.5 in credit bearing courses.
Interested part-time students who have accumulated at least 12 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.
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 6/9 (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.
Schreyer Scholars and members of the Honors Program are also members of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Honors Club. The Club'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 Club are open to everyone at Penn State Lehigh Valley.