Honors Admissions

Current USF Student Admission

Current USF students who did not enter the Judy Genshaft Honors College as an incoming FTIC can apply to join the Honors College as an upper-level applicant. Upper-level students can apply to the Honors College during the Spring semester of their first year and are admitted for the following Fall semester of their second year.

Admission into the Honors College can be competitive and varies depending on a student’s home campus. Applicants should have a working knowledge of the Judy Genshaft Honors College curriculum (see details below) and how these experiences will contribute to their personal and professional development.


Current USF students will not be admitted into the Judy Genshaft Honors College if the additional academic courses will cause students to accrue any excess credit hours or graduate in a manner inconsistent with USF’s Degree Progression Policy (beyond four years from the start of a student's bachelor’s degree).

For this reason, the college typically does not consider applications from current USF students who are in their second year or beyond. While these students are not directly prohibited from applying, it is important to note that the likelihood of admission may be lower for those who are further along in their degree progression. However, we do provide a limited application window during the Fall semester for these second-year students, offering them the opportunity to be admitted in the upcoming Spring semester.


In order to graduate with Judy Genshaft Honors College distinction, upper-level admit students in the Honors College must complete the following requirements by their graduation. For more detailed information about these requirements, please contact our admissions coordinator.

  • Honors Academic Curriculum (Thesis or Capstone Track)
    •  Thesis: 2 Honors Seminar Courses + 2 Semester Honors Thesis
    • Capstone: 3 Honors Seminar Courses + 1 Semester Honors Capstone
  • Two Experiential Learning Activities
  • Minimum 3.5 Overall GPA 


To be eligible for admissions, students must have completed one full Fall or Spring semester at USF. 

First-year students who began their USF enrollment during either the Summer or Fall of 2023 should apply to enter the Judy Genshaft Honors College in Fall 2024. 

  1. Current Students Who Started at USF in Summer/Fall 2023

    1. Application Opens

      February 2, 2024

      First-year students who began their USF enrollment during either the Summer or Fall of 2023 can apply to enter the Judy Genshaft Honors College in Fall 2024.

    2. Application Deadline

      March 25, 2024

      Apply by 11:59 p.m. to be considered for Fall 2024 admission.

    3. Decision Date

      April 8, 2024

      Current students will be notified of their Fall 2024 admission decision on April 8, 2024.


Judy Genshaft Honors College current USF student applications are now open.

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