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 more 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 one’s bachelor’s degree).

For this reason, we typically do not consider applications from current USF students that are actively within their second year or later. Upper-level students are not directly prevented from applying, however the possibility that students may not be admitted due to the restriction outlined above is greater for students who are further along in their degree progression.


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 visit CANVAS

  • 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
  • 2 Experiential Learning Activities
  • Minimum 3.25 USF and Overall GPA 


All upper-level students are required to complete their Honors application by the following deadline. Upper-level applicants will receive their official Honors decision via email on the posted decision date. 

2023-24 Upper-Level Student Deadline
Application Deadline: Decision Date:
April 1, 2023 April 21, 2023


Click here to access the Judy Genshaft Honors College Upper-Level Student Application.