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What are the admission requirements for the Judy Genshaft Honors College? 
You can find information related to our admissions process outlined on the Honors Admissions page

What are the admission requirements for transfer students?

You can find admissions information for students who are currently enrolled in college on our Prospective Continuing and Transfer Student admissions page.

What are the benefits of being a student in the Judy Genshaft Honors College?
The number of benefits as a Judy Genshaft Honors College student include learning in small discussion-based Honors classes, scholarships exclusively for students enrolled in the College, registering for classes on the first day of registration (regardless of major or year), utilizing unique study abroad experiences, engaging research opportunities, and becoming involved in a close community of scholars.

Is the Honors College the same on all USF campuses?
Students admitted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College July 1, 2020 and after have the same benefits, opportunities, and curricular requirements, regardless of their home campus. While each campus has a unique personality and menu of course offerings, it will be possible to complete all of your Honors requirements at any USF campus starting July 1, 2020.

Students admitted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College prior to July 1, 2020 are eligible to enjoy all of the benefits of the College, while completing the program requirements that were in place at the time of the student’s matriculation. For additional details, visit https://www.usf.edu/honors/current-students/consolidation.aspx.

Can I take Honors classes on any campus?
Starting July 1, 2020, yes. Space permitting, all Judy Genshaft Honors College students are eligible to enroll in any IDH class on any USF campus, regardless of their home campus.

What scholarships are available through the Judy Genshaft Honors College?
Every student in the College may qualify for the Judy Genshaft Honors College Scholarship by meeting certain requirements. This scholarship may total $2,000 over four years. Additional travel and academic scholarships are available. For a complete list of available USF scholarships, click here. For information about nationally competitive merit scholarships, visit the Office of National Scholarships.

What engagement opportunities and activities does the Judy Genshaft Honors College offer?
The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers a number of engagement opportunities and activities. You can become involved in service trips, community engagement, local cultural partnerships, Judy Genshaft Honors College Student Council, and internships. The College also offers music opportunities, such as the Honors Philharmonic Orchestra, Honors Choral Ensemble and Honors Jazz Ensemble.

Does the Judy Genshaft Honors College offer any study abroad opportunities?
There are a number of study abroad opportunities both within and outside of the Judy Genshaft Honors College. As a Judy Genshaft Honors College student, you have a number of study abroad opportunities each year. Examples of trips include education and medical service trips in rural Panama, a semester spent learning in England, and helping to build schools in Peru. The College offers scholarship opportunities for these trips.

Does the College offer housing options?
Yes, you can apply to live in the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) located on the Tampa campus. To learn about applying to live in the Honors LLC, please click here.

Once admitted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College, how do I remain in it/what are the requirements?
To remain in good academic standing in the Judy Genshaft Honors College and to graduate, you must have a 3.25 or higher GPA. If your GPA falls between a 2.75 and 3.25, you are placed on academic probation. Once it falls below a 2.75, you are dismissed from the College.

What is required for me to graduate from the Judy Genshaft Honors College?
Students admitted on the Tampa campus prior to Summer 2015 must complete the required number of Honors courses, including Thesis; complete the Cultural Experience Requirement; and have a 3.25 USF and Overall GPA (not including grade forgiveness).

Students admitted on the Tampa campus Summer 2015 and after, and all students admitted to any home campus Summer 2020 and after, must complete the required Honors Courses, including either a thesis or capstone course; complete the Global Experience and Community Engagement requirements; and have a 3.25 USF and Overall GPA (not including grade forgiveness).

Students admitted on the St. Petersburg or Sarasota-Manatee campuses prior to July 1, 2020 have unique graduation requirements described in detail here.

Students meeting these requirements will be identified as Judy Genshaft Honors College graduates at university commencement, on their USF diploma and final transcripts. Judy Genshaft Honors College distinction is separate from honors at graduation (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude), which is based entirely on GPA.

What is involved in the thesis?
The Senior Honors Thesis is a culmination of a student's Judy Genshaft Honors College experience, involving independent work, writing and critical thinking. The project includes six semester hours of the baccalaureate degree program. The thesis itself may relate to your major, but does not have to.

Students may also choose to participate in a capstone project instead of the thesis, where you would work with a group of students from a variety of majors and a Judy Genshaft Honors College faculty member to solve a problem.

What does the Global requirement entail?
The Judy Genshaft Honors College is committed to making global awareness a critical element in the education of twenty-first century leaders. To complete the global experience, you must chose two pre-approved activities, which you can find here.

Does the Judy Genshaft Honors College offer its own courses? If so, what types of courses does the college have?
The Judy Genshaft Honors College in Tampa currently offers many classes that will also count towards other majors and your upper-level enhanced General Education requirements. First-time-in-college Honors students are required to take Acquisition of Knowledge in their first year, and a Geographical Perspective course in their second year. Similar course offerings and requirements will be available at USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee starting July 1, 2020. To learn more about the various classes the Judy Genshaft Honors College offers, please click here.

Who teaches Honors courses?
Honors faculty include a variety of experts, including former CEOs and medical practitioners. They come from a number of other fields as well. To read more about the Judy Genshaft Honors College faculty, please click here.

Does Honors offer advising?
The Judy Genshaft Honors College has a team of advisors. First-year Honors students are assigned advisors and are required to meet with them during the fall and spring semester before registering for classes in order to remove their academic hold. You are also encouraged to make an appointment with your Judy Genshaft Honors College Advisor after your first year in order to ensure that you are on track. These advisors are an excellent resource for any questions you may have.

In addition, the Judy Genshaft Honors College also offers Peer Advising for freshmen.

Is there an Judy Genshaft Honors College Orientation?
During the required USF orientation, students will be required to attend an orientation for the Judy Genshaft Honors College as well. You can find more information here.

How many students are currently enrolled in the Judy Genshaft Honors College?
There are currently 2,261 students enrolled in the Judy Genshaft Honors College.