The Penn State York Honors Program offers a special opportunity for students with outstanding academic ability to enrich and broaden their general education and to deepen their preparation for graduate study or for a profession. Students enrolled in the program select from a variety of honors courses, honors options or independent studies designed to encourage strong students to succeed in the early stages of their University education.
- minimum high school grade-point average of at least 3.2
- minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 1,200, or ACT Composite Score of 25
- completion of honors program essay
- a minimum Penn State average of 3.33 or better
- Completed at least 18 college credits after graduating high school
- Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) from all post-secondary institutions attended of at least 3.5
- Completion of honors program essay
Current Penn State York students seeking entrance into the Honors Program
- Intellectual curiosity and an enthusiasm for learning
- A minimum Penn State cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher
- Completion of Honors Program essay
- Approval of the Honors Program Committee
- At least three semesters of study remaining at Penn State York
- Must contact the Honors Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than the end of the first week of the semester of desired entrance into the program
Download the Honors Option Form
- small classes designed for honors students
- priority course registration opportunities
- one-on-one work with award-winning faculty who integrate teaching and research
- use of Honors study lounge and computers in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library
- special trips arranged for honors students
- opportunity to receive scholarships if requirements are met (see below)
- certificate awarded following completion of 9 honors credits by the end of the first semester of sophomore year with enrolled 3 honors credits in the fourth semester. The minimum grade in each honors course should be a 3.00 or better with a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.33
- honors cords awarded following the completion of a minimum of 24 honors credits subject to general criteria of above bullet
- honors course work identified on your transcript
- library privileges (including semester-long book borrowing)
- potential to enroll in the Schreyer Honors College if you move to University Park
Students who have a minimum 3.2 high school grade-point average, a 1,200 SAT, or ACT Composite Score of 25, and complete the honors program essay will receive consideration for a $1,000–$2,000 scholarship for the first year of their full-time enrollment in addition to any additional aid they may be awarded by the university.
Students who have completed the required number of honors credits during their first year and have a 3.33 overall grade-point average and a 3.0 grade-point average in their honors course work may be eligible for a scholarship of $1,000 (on a funds available basis) for the second year. Students should contact Dr. Andy Landis, the honors coordinator, for more information.
Available Honors Courses
Below is the list of the honors courses for the upcoming semester. Most honors courses are designated by an H, T or U unless they have "Honors" in the title, e.g. English 30, Honors Freshman Composition. Courses with honors options have no specific designation.
* Honors courses accommodate only honors students. Honors course options are open to the general student population, including honors students.
Honors course options – Students may contact instructors to explore the possibilities for Honors options.