Current Students

Honors Policies

Good Standing in Honors

Students in good academic standing have a minimum 3.25 USF GPA and a 3.25 Overall GPA (grade forgiveness is not included), are actively completing the requirements for the Honors College, and have completed an IDH core course in the last three semesters.

If a student's USF GPA falls below a 3.25 (but is 2.75 or higher), he or she will be placed on Honors College Probation. Students on probation will lose their priority registration status and Honors Scholarship, but are still eligible to enroll in Honors courses and see their Honors Advisor. Students will be removed from the probationary status if and when the GPA reaches a 3.25 again. If a student's GPA falls below 2.75, he or she will be dismissed from the Honors College.

Additionally, any student who earns a "D" or "F" in an Honors course will be dismissed from the College. (Please note: the Dean is always willing to consider appeals, especially when there are extenuating circumstances).

Students who have not completed an IDH core course in the last three semesters will be inactivated. In order to register for future IDH courses, students need to meet with their academic advisor. Honors College status will be reactivated once it is confirmed that a student is registered for an IDH course after the Add/Drop period.

A 3.25 USF and overall GPA is required for the Honors Scholarship and Graduation with Honors College Distinction.


Priority Registration

Honors College students in good academic standing have the privilege of first-day registration. Students on Honors Probation will be able to register on the first day of their classification (freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior).


Orientation

FTIC (First Time in College) students admitted to the Honors College must attend the Honors College Overview and Registration session during their USF Orientation. Students who do not attend these sessions will be removed from Honors. If those students have a housing assignment within the Honors LLC, they will be moved to a different residence on campus.


Academic Advising

All first-year Honors College students are assigned an Honors advisor during their Honors Orientation. Students must meet with their assigned Honors advisor during their first year to select courses for the next semester and remove their Academic Advising (AA) hold. After the first year, students are free to meet with the Honors advisor of their choice. Students should also meet with their Honors advisor at least annually to track progress in Honors, and discuss future plans and the Honors Thesis.

It is also important for students to meet with their major advisors on an annual basis to remain on track with their major requirements.

Group advising sessions are usually held for students pursuing majors in Engineering, Business, and Pre-Professional Health Professions (pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dentistry, etc.). Students must attend a group session to remove their AA hold. Individual follow up appointments can be made, but are not required. Students within these majors may only make individual appointments after attending the group sessions.


Withdrawing from Honors

Students who receive the Honors scholarship, but then opt to Withdraw from the IDH course, will not be required to repay the Honors scholarship that semester. However, these students are not eligible to receive the Honors scholarship the next semester in which they are enrolled in an IDH course.

Please note: although Bright Futures recipients do not have to repay the Honors scholarship, they will have to repay the amount of the Bright Futures award for withdrawing from any course.

Students who voluntarily wish to withdraw from the Honors College should contact their Honors College advisor as well as complete the Exit Form.


Incomplete Grades in Honors College Courses

Incomplete grades are typically reserved for students who encounter serious health or personal problems at, or near, the end of a semester. In these cases, students will be required to complete an Incomplete Grade contract with their Honors faculty members. This contract will outline the remaining course requirements and the timeframe during which the work is to be completed. Please note: students are not eligible to receive future Honors College scholarships until all Incomplete grades have been resolved.


Honors Thesis and Graduation

Students who complete all Honors College requirements and are eligible to graduate from USF will be contacted during their final semester with details about their Honors College regalia and commencement event.

Students who receive a Satisfactory "S" grade in the first semester of Honors Thesis but do not finish the two-semester project may not fulfill university graduation requirements. Students in this situation are encouraged to meet with their Honors College advisor to determine their academic options.