The Schreyer Honors College provides students of superior academic ability an opportunity to enrich their educations through honors-level course work and independent study. To provide stimulating intellectual experiences outside the classroom, the program also sponsors regular seminars, field trips, social events, and other extracurricular activities. Atherton and Simmons Halls have been designated to provide a special on-campus living environment for Schreyer Scholars.
Students enrolled in the Schreyer Honors College are afforded several specific privileges: 1) admission to honors and graduate-level courses, 2) flexibility in fulfilling certain degree requirements, 3) registration priority for many courses, 4) graduate/faculty borrowing privileges at the University Libraries, and 5) the opportunity to pursue simultaneous undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Participants in the program must: 1) maintain a 3.33 (B+) G.P.A. each semester; 2) complete at least 3 honors courses each academic year (fall/spring/summer), for a minimum of 7 honors credits, in each of the first two years, and a minimum of 14 honors credits during the remainder of enrollment; and 3) complete an honors thesis or project. Students successfully completing the program will be awarded an honors diploma.
Participation in the Schreyer Honors College is by invitation. Entering students who are not admitted to the program may subsequently seek entry to the Schreyer Honors College (SHC) after they have at least one semester completed and until they have fewer than four semesters remaining at Penn State. The process is known as the Gateway. Information on the Gateway process and an online application may be found at http://www.shc.psu.edu/future/gateway.cfm.
For further information about the honors college, please contact Dr. Clements (music education) or Dr. Ballora (all other music degree programs). You may also visit the honors college web site at www.shc.psu.edu.