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First-Year Students

Students who graduate from high school with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 and a combined SAT verbal and mathematics score of at least 1,150 may be invited into the Honors Program. In addition, strong scores in NSO (New Student Orientation) tests are considered.   

Current Penn State Students

Penn State students who take a full academic course load and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 may apply to join the Honors Program.

Retention Criteria

To remain in the Honors Program, a student must maintain a full academic course load, including one honors course each semester, and the student must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3.