Differences between regular PSU and Shreyer's Honors College?

<p>I've heard PSU is a really big "party school" -- which I don't like... Is SHC different? Are the classes really more challenging?</p>

<p>Any info on any of these topics or differences in general would be great! Thanks~</p>

<p>There are a number of significant differences.</p>

<p>In the first one or two months you can expect pretty much everyone, SHC included with some exceptions, to go out on weekends and generally live up to the party school reputation. But after they've tried it and satisfied the curiosity to try the party life that mostly everyone has when they come to PSU, a sizable portion of Schreyer people will tone that aspect of social life down as they realize its not for them or they dont like it to the "party school" extent. That's not to say all, but a decent amount.</p>

<p>The classes are definitely a step up on regular classes because of the smaller class sizes and self selection. Smaller class sizes definitely lends itself well to creating a more personable environment where you can get to know your professor and collaborate with classmates a lot more. But the self selection really makes honors classes distinct. Everyone enrolled in that class because they wanted the greater challenge from it- more is expected and more is given. The drive/motivation alone makes them a lot more distinct (both methods-wise and difficulty wise) from an average gened.</p>

<p>Slight aside- the SHC offers Distinguished Faculty Dinners with around 10 students and 1 professor talking about interesting topics (ex- Writing Myths, Writing Realities: What Does Research Tell Us about How Writers Work? or Organizational Success & Failure) with the nice touch of the dinner paid for.</p>

<p>Any more questions please don't hesitate to ask</p>

<p>can I apply in college if i get rej now? And what do they look at if I wanted to do that?</p>

<p>Yes, it's called the Gateway program details- Gateway</a> Admissions: Schreyer Honors College
or the Paterno Liberal Arts Fellowship (pretty much an LA major taking 3 honors courses with a 3.4 GPA) which will auto guarantee admission after freshman year. </p>

<p>They will mainly look at your GPA though note Gateway scholars and Paterno fellows do not receive the AE scholarship.</p>

<p>Hey thanks for answering!</p>

<p>Do you know what the typical stats are for accepted Shreyers scholars? I know it's really competitive. Do they place a lot of value on ECs or test scores or essays or anything in particular? Or could you possibly refer me to a site that details this (I've tried googling it but I can't find much info on the SHC website)? Also, is Shreyers really cut-throat competitive? Can you take regular classes as well? How are the dorms!</p>

<p>Sorry if I'm bombarding you will questions!! If you can answer some or any that'd be great</p>

<p><a href="http://www.shc.psu.edu/about/annualReport.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.shc.psu.edu/about/annualReport.pdf&lt;/a> for accepted students information
<a href="http://www.shc.psu.edu/about/strategicplan/SHC_CoreCouncil_response.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.shc.psu.edu/about/strategicplan/SHC_CoreCouncil_response.pdf&lt;/a> should shed some light on the admissions process (there's information spread throughout but mostly in the first 2 answers). Since they dropped the SAT/ACT, I would assume there's an increased emphasis on GPA/resume/essays with a comparatively greater emphasis placed on essays as compared to other schools.</p>

<p>You can take regular classes- most of your classes will be regular classes. I would definitely say it is not cut-throat. For instance for the Bio/Chem majors they generally get together and go into seclusion before a test and regather after the test to discuss it/go into catharsis. I can't say I've seen any competition at all.</p>

<p>The dorms are better than the ones at East with the lounges and common spaces much much better (they are made of soft surfaces not hard wood, there actually are lounges, and there are more than 1).</p>

<p>if there's more- shoot</p>

<p>Thank you!</p>

<p>How about affirmative action at the college?</p>

<p>In regards to admissions, I don't think affirmative action plays that major of a role due to the sheer number of applications. There might be certain "allowances" for State High applicants if you happen to be from there.</p>

<p>So do you think the scandal will help decrease the rate?</p>

<p>Are you seriously asking if a molestation case will help get you an advantage in college admissions?</p>

<p>Yes I am. because I dont want to get in just because of one stupid mans actions. I want to earn it! I think that is fair enough to say.</p>