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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.


First-year students:

  • minimum high school grade-point average of at least 3.2
  • minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores of 1,650 or higher
  • visit to campus and completion of honors program essay

Returning students:

  • a minimum Penn State average of 3.33 or better

Program Benefits

  • 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 6 credits per year with a 3.00 grade or better in honors course load (course or projects) and a minimum overall grade-point average 3.33
  • 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

Scholarship Opportunities

First-Year Students
Students who have a minimum 3.2 high school grade-point average, a 1,650 or better SAT, and complete the honors program essay will receive consideration for a $1,000 scholarship for the first year of their full-time enrollment in addition to any additional aid they may be awarded by the university.

Returning Students
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. Haiduke Sarafian, the honors coordinator, for more information.

Honors Program Contacts
First-year students:
Shaun Turner
Director of Admissions

Returning students:
Dr. Haiduke Sarafian
Program Coordinator
717-771-4093 or has2@psu.edu

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 Courses Fall 2015

Honors Freshman composition
Course: ENG 030T
Instructor: K. Cole
Days/Times: TR 1:30–2:45 p.m.


Introduction to Creative Writing
Course: ENG 050H
Instructor: N. Sloboda
Days/Times: MW 3:00–4:15 p.m.


Introduction to Engineering Design
Course: EDSGH 100 H
Instructor: C. Gaston
Days/Times: TR 10:00–11:40 a.m., W 1:00–2:40 p.m.


Electricity and Magnetism
Course: PHYS 212 H
Instructor: H. Sarafian
Days/Times: MWF 9:00–9:50 a.m., F 10:00–10:50 a.m.


Honors Courses Spring 2015

Introduction to Engineering Design
Course: EDSGH 100 H
Instructor: C. Gaston


Chemical Principles I
Course: CHEM 110H
Instructor: M. Ritchey


Chemical Principles II
Course: CHEM 112H
Instructor: M. Ritchey


Elementary Statistics
Course: STAT 200 H
Instructor: M. Wijesinha


Honors Courses Fall 2014

Introduction to Engineering Design
Course:  EDSGH 100 H
Instructor: C. Gaston


Technical Physics II
Course:  PHYS 151H
Instructor: H. Sarafian


Introductory Physics II
Course:  PHYS 251H
Instructor: H. Sarafian


Honors Courses Spring 2014

Introduction to Engineering Design
Course:  EDSGH 100 H
Instructor: C. Gaston


General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics
Course:  PHYS 213 H
Instructor: H. Sarafian


General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics
Course:  PHYS 214 H
Instructor: H. Sarafian


Elementary Statistics
Course:  STAT 200 H
Instructor: M. Wijesinha

Honors course options - Students may contact instructors to explore the possibilities for Honors options.

* The Honors option forms can be downloaded or obtained from the honors program coordinator, Dr. Haiduke Sarafian, by visiting his office (Room 24, Main Classroom Building), or e-mailing him at has2@psu.edu.