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 3.85 high school GPA
- 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 to apply 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, or transfer students, qualify to apply to the program 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.