Eligibility for the Schreyer Honors College

Candidates offered Admission to the Schreyer Honors College should demonstrate:

  • academic excellence,
  • strong leadership skills,
  • motivation and self-discipline, and
  • a commitment to citizenship and civic responsibility.

Schreyer Scholars represent the top 5% of students at Penn State, and therefore should also be at the top of their respective high school class. The Schreyer Honors College does not set a minimum standardized test score or grade point average for its applicants. Candidates will be assessed based on the academic and extracurricular documents submitted with the application, as well as responses to essay questions and letters of recommendation.

Schreyer Scholars, like other Penn State Students are matriculated in one of Penn State's academic colleges, such as Smeal College of Business.  Note that first year selection automatically includes the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES), a $3,500 per year, four-year renewable merit grant.

The Smeal College Advising Center participates in Scholar's Day, a university-wide event consisting of informational presentations from Honors faculty, students, and staff at Penn State.  Students currently enrolled in high school and their families are invited to attend this important event held in October every year.