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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 3.4 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 9 credits with an average of 3.00 or higher
  • 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 be considered for one of twelve $3,000 scholarship for the first year if they are full-time students.

Returning Students
Students who have completed the required number of honors credits during their first year and have a 3.4 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 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.