Honors and Scholars Programs

Honors and Scholars Programs

Schreyer Scholar receiving medal

Schreyer Scholar at 2017 commencement.

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Penn State Behrend offers students the opportunity to pursue Honors study as a member of the Penn State Behrend Honors Program or the Schreyer Honors College. Students in both programs are fully involved members of the college community, and Honors study is integrated into the required curriculum, although Honors and Scholars students enjoy a number of academic benefits, including:

  • Flexibility in planning individualized academic programs with faculty Honors advisers, permitting the pursuit of areas of special interest
  • Small Honors classes with a seminar atmosphere
  • Encouragement to go beyond regular coursework by undertaking special projects (Honors options), advanced-level courses, independent study, and research at the undergraduate level
  • The opportunity to choose a quiet-study environment in special Honors Housing
  • Participation in special Honors co-curricular programming
  • Special scholarship opportunities
  • Course registration priority
  • Special library privileges
  • Special computer accounts for research projects


  • Annual Academic Plan (PDF) | (Word) - These forms are for Behrend Honors Program students. The deadline coincides with the Registrar’s fall semester late drop deadline, typically in early November. Students unable to comply by the deadline must contact the Honors Programs Office. Failure to submit a completed Annual Academic Plan by the deadline will result in dismissal from the program. 
  • Honors Option Form (PDF) | (Word) - These forms are for Behrend Honors Program students and are due within the first three weeks of a given course. Required only if you are taking a non-standard honors course with the permission of the professor.
  • Honors Option Procedure/Instructions (PDF) | (Word) - These sheets outline the Honors Option procedure and provide instructions for completing the Honors Option form.

More Information

For more information on the Honors and Scholars programs, see our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us:

Penn State Behrend Honors and Schreyer Honors Programs Office
Smith Chapel

Sharon Hemminger, Staff Assistant, Honors Programs

Dr. Michael Brown, Director, Honors Programs