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There is no minimum GPA, SAT, or ACT score required to apply to the Judy Genshaft
Honors College. All prospective USF First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students are encouraged
to apply! Our application review process takes into consideration your academic scores,
extracurriculars, and a written essay.
On the application, we will ask that you list up to five activities you were involved
in during high school, either inside or outside the classroom, what your role was,
and how long you participated in each activity. There will also be an option to add
any additional information about each activity that you would like us to consider.
These activities can include, but are not limited to:
On the application, we will ask that you select one prompt from the list of six below and write a 500-750 word essay (double spaced, please). Each essay prompt is paired with one of our college’s core
values for you to learn more about us and our philosophy. We created these essay prompts
for you to think creatively and critically. Our goal is to learn more about your ideas,
passions, and how you think.
We want to learn about YOU, not the “college admissions” version of you. So be creative and answer honestly.
But like any first introduction, you should put your best foot forward, taking time
to organize your thoughts clearly. There is no “right” answer, so give us the best
ACADEMIC DIVERSITY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDYHere in the Judy Genshaft Honors College, we take an interdisciplinary approach to
disciplinary topics; combining knowledge and methods from several fields of study
to create unique solutions to real-world ideas and problems. For example, in our course
Climate Change Disinformation and Denial, students consider how psychology, marketing, communication, history, politics, and
the arts contribute to public and private discourse and action about environmental
1) What would you describe as a unique or special skill or trait that differentiates
you from everyone else? How does your unique skill or trait bring an interdisciplinary
perspective to the classroom?
2) As you read about above, courses in our college are interdisciplinary, and include
If you were to teach a course as part of the Honors curriculum, what would you name
it, what topics would be covered, and how would the class be taught? For more examples,
you can view our full course list here.
COMMUNITY SERVICE/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & ACTIVISMWe believe learning extends beyond the four walls of the classroom. The people, places,
and ideas in our local community offer lessons that complement and reinforce classroom-based
learning. Students in the Judy Genshaft Honors College perform 50 hours of community
service during their academic career. We believe this helps students become better-informed
scholars and citizens by engaging with issues affecting their local surroundings and
becoming more cognizant of the political, social, and economic climate of our country
as a whole.
3) What is something you recently changed your mind about and why? This can be in reference
to an academic, political, social, economic idea, or anything else of your choosing.
4) Tell us about a law, written or unwritten, that you believe should be modified or
changed and why.
GLOBAL AWARENESSIn this increasingly globalized world, we believe it’s vital for every Judy Genshaft
Honors College graduate to be exposed to diverse people, places, and ideas. The College
is committed to making global citizenship a critical element in the education of twenty-first
century leaders. Our students develop cultural competence by completing two global/cultural
requirements during their time at USF that range from studying abroad, to learning
a new language, to completing internationally-focused research or internships, and
5) Why are you here and not somewhere else? This can be interpreted literally or abstractly;
it’s up to you. Please explain your decision and reasoning.
6) Can you think of an invention that has had different impacts in different places around
the globe – good in some, but damaging in others? If so, how would you reinvent it
to make it more universally beneficial?