Criteria for Admission

Criteria for Admission

From High School: High school seniors must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5. In addition, it is preferred that the applicant have an SAT score of at least 1200 (on the new SAT) OR an ACT score of at least 24. For consideration for the Honors Program's Presidential Scholarship, please submit your application by April 15 if you intend to become an honors student the following school year. Applications for incoming freshman will be considered until the Monday two weeks before the fall semester begins.

From Penn State: Full-time students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Part-time students must have earned a minimum of 30 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

Your application for the honors program must be received by the end of the second week of the semester in which you intend to start your honors work.

Interested in joining us in the Penn State Altoona Honors Program? Apply online or download the application form (PDF or Word Doc) and submit it to Laura Rotunno in 210 Hawthorn Building.

Any student applying must intend to complete at least two full semesters at Penn State Altoona after his/her admission into the Honors Program.

Criteria for Retention

Grade Requirement: a cumulative Penn State GPA of 3.33. If an Honor Student’s overall GPA drops below 3.33, he or she will receive a warning letter from the Honors Coordinator, giving the student one semester within which to bring his or her cumulative GPA back to 3.33. If the Honor Student fails to do so, he or she will be dismissed from the Honors Program.

Curricular Requirement: Honors students must take (on average) one Honors Section or Honors Option per semester (see the Honors Program Curriculum page). If a student falls behind in this requirement, he or she will receive a warning letter from the Honors Coordinator. The student then will have one semester to take the needed Honors Sections or Honors Options.