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Nursing students in the Schreyer Honors Program are expected to demonstrate excellent academic achievement with integrity, build a global perspective, and seek opportunities for leadership and civic engagement. In addition to completing B.S.N. program requirements, honors students engage in academic enrichment including honors courses, research placement and the completion of a thesis. College of Nursing students may pursue Schreyer Honors College (SHC) in one of two ways:

  1. First-year applicants can apply to SHC at the time of application to the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing.
  2. Current Nursing undergraduates potentially have the opportunity to seek entry to the SHC in the spring of sophomore year through a process known as the Junior Gateway. This opportunity is contingent upon space being available in the current Schreyer cohort.

Additionally, more information on the Nursing Honors Program can be found in the Undergraduate Handbook.

SNAPS (Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania)

Students are encouraged to participate in SNAPS at Penn State, which sponsors an informal advising system, speakers on current nursing issues, social events, and other activities. SNAPS also represents student concerns to the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing.

Sigma Theta Tau

Students with outstanding records of scholarship and leadership also are invited to join Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing. Penn State is home to the Beta Sigma chapter, one of more than 150 chapters of Sigma Theta Tau located at colleges and universities throughout the world.

Alumni Mentoring Program

Enjoy one-on-one mentoring from a professional in your field! Become a student protégé in the Alumni Mentoring Program to explore how you can use your nursing degree to succeed in your field of interest.