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The Schreyer admissions process includes a holistic review of each application. Honors faculty review the high school transcript, essays, short answer questions, and recommendations submitted by each applicant. This is a very competitive process as we are limited to a first-year class of 300 students.

The Schreyer Honors College is open to almost all baccalaureate programs at all Penn State campuses, except for the exceptions listed below:

Accelerated Pre-Med/Medical Program
You may apply to both but would have to choose one over the other if accepted to both.
Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Abington Campus
You may apply to both but would have to choose one over the other if accepted to both.
Nursing at Fayette, Mont Alto and Worthington Scranton Campuses
Scholars are not eligible to pursue nursing at these locations.

In order to apply to the Honors College, you will need to complete the general Penn State application first. Doing so will allow you to fill out and submit the Schreyer Honors College application. For more information on the University application process, please visit Penn State Undergraduate Admissions.

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Each year, the Schreyer Honors College requires potential Scholars to answer three essay questions. These questions change on a yearly basis and are meant to elicit well-written, comprehensive responses. Essay responses do not have word count or formatting requirements.

The essay questions are posted here a few months before the Penn State and Schreyer Honors College application is made available on September 1. We strongly encourage you to begin working on your essays immediately after they are posted.

2018 Essay Questions

  • It has been said that art imitates life, which implies that what we see depicted in entertainment is merely a reflection of what is happening in real life. Review this video clip and tell us if you believe it reflects experiences of teenagers in the world today. In your response, address the ethical issues presented in this clip and how you would address them.
  • Following the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England in May of 2017, the artist and her management team decided to hold a benefit concert to raise money for those injured and killed during the bombing and to spread a message of love and unity after the attack. Do you think the arts can play a role in solving international conflicts? Please cite examples to support your perspective.
  • In the last few years, youth around the world have gravitated toward podcasts, YouTube, blogs and social media for educational and entertainment purposes. Please list one or two of these different types of media that you follow or subscribe to and explain why you identify with and consume their content. Note: please be mindful that some application readers may not be familiar with media platforms you mention in your response.