University of South Florida
Prospective students have the opportunity to join the Judy Genshaft Honors College
as First Time in College (FTIC) or Upper-Level (transfer/continuing) by submitting
the appropriate application.FIRST TIME IN COLLEGE (FTIC) ADMISSIONFirst Time in College (FTIC) Admission is for high school seniors actively applying
for admission to USF. All FTIC students interested in joining the Judy Genshaft Honors
College must submit an FTIC application. If accepted, students must confirm their
spot in the college.
The FTIC honors application for Summer/Fall 2022 admission will be available soon!
UPPER-LEVEL ADMISSIONUpper-Level Admission is for students who have graduated high school and are currently attending college,
whether at USF or another college or university. All transfer and continuing students
interested in joining the Judy Genshaft Honors College must submit an Upper-Level
FIRST TIME IN COLLEGE (FTIC) ADMISSIONIf you have been admitted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College based on your FTIC honors
application, you will receive an email acceptance along with your Honors acceptance
letter in the mail.Summer/Fall 2022 admission notification dates coming soon!
UPPER-LEVEL ADMISSIONUpper-Level Admission application decisions will be made on or before Aug. 1, 2021.
First Time In College (FTIC) students admitted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College
must confirm their spot in the college.Confirmation dates and instructions coming soon!
There are no extra fees associated with joining the Judy Genshaft Honors College.
However, if you wish to live in the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC), there is a $125 per semester fee that covers Honors-exclusive programming.
Students admitted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College have the same benefits, opportunities,
and curricular requirements, regardless of their home campus (Tampa, St. Petersburg,
or Sarasota-Manatee). While each campus has a unique personality and course offerings,
it will be possible to complete all of your Honors requirements at any USF campus.
We are planning to enroll around 650 students on the Tampa campus and 100 students
across the St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.
Students in the Judy Genshaft Honors College have access to:
Honors students graduate with a portfolio full of academic and professional experiences
that set them apart from their peers and prepare them for the next stage of their
The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers many 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.
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 to remove their academic hold. You are also
encouraged to make an appointment with your Judy Genshaft Honors College Advisor after
your first year to ensure that you are on track. These advisors are an excellent resource
for any questions you may have.
Also, the Judy Genshaft Honors College offers Peer Advising for freshmen.
Yes. Honors Ambassadors are answering our main line (813-974-3087) Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are happy to assist you with your inquiries.
In-person tours are canceled for the foreseeable future. In lieu of tours, we are
offering Virtual Information Sessions with our Honors Ambassadors for an online, peer-to-peer experience.
During the required USF Orientation, Honors students will attend a special Honors Orientation session as well.
Honors students must complete requirements in three experiential learning components: community engagement, global experience,
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT50 hours of community service
GLOBAL EXPERIENCE2 completed activities
ACADEMICSStudents will complete:
Honors students can choose to pursue a two-semester Thesis or a one-semester Capstone
course to complete their Research Track.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 Capstone, where students enroll in an Honors
course and work with a group of peers and the course's faculty member to solve a problem.
To remain in good academic standing with the Judy Genshaft Honors College, students
must maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher. However, to earn Honors Distinction, students must have a 3.25 GPA or higher at the time of graduation.
No. Honors students take a total of six Honors courses throughout their undergraduate
career (including a one-semester Capstone or a two-semester Thesis). Students complete
their remaining prerequisites and major courses in their home department. For example,
a Mass Communications student would take Honors courses with their Honors peers through
the Honors College and take public relations courses with their major peers through
the College of Arts and Sciences.
In many high schools, Honors courses are just more difficult versions of "regular"
courses — Honors Chemistry is just like regular Chemistry, only with extra readings
or assignments. That is not what classes in the Honors College are like.
Here, our Honors classes explore interdisciplinary special topics like Music and Emotions,
Science Fiction, Science Fact, or Archaeology of Food, with deep discussion and active
learning approaches. You will be in a class no larger than 19 students, with peers from all different majors. Each student will contribute their individual
expertise to the conversation, and learning is richer because of the wide range of
perspectives represented in the classroom.
Yes. Honors courses fulfill upper-level General Education Requirements (GERs), required of all USF students, regardless of major.
Honors faculty teach Honors courses and include a variety of experts, including former CEOs, medical
practitioners, leaders in the Tampa Bay community, and more.
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.
Yes. Honors students can sign-up for all of their courses on the first day registration
opens each semester.
The Honors College encompasses students from all majors. However, the most popular
majors Honors students pursue are Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Medical Sciences, Mechanical
Engineering, Computer Science, and Health Sciences.
All Judy Genshaft Honors College students receive $2,000 in scholarships once they complete each of the three requirement areas (community engagement, global experience, academics). This award is paid in three
installments during the students' academic career:
Each of the three scholarships is paid out once and are nonrenewable.
Most Judy Genshaft Honors College students also qualify for generous travel scholarships
to fund study abroad opportunities. These scholarships are distributed based on the
specific program, financial need, and available funding.
Also, thanks to the generosity of many donors, there are more than 30 other competitive
scholarships, awarded to over 150 recipients, for which only Judy Genshaft Honors
College students can apply. Students may apply for these Honors College-specific awards
as well as general USF scholarships. These applications typically open in November and are due on Feb. 1.
Students can also visit the Office of National Scholarships for more information about competitive academic awards.
Qualified incoming students will also be able to apply for the prestigious Genshaft Global Presidential Scholarship, a merit-based $10,000 study abroad award. This invitation-only scholarship is awarded
to qualified First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students from all three USF campuses.
Qualified students can apply only if they are invited to do so. The scholarship is
not open to all prospective students.
The housing timeline for applying and reserving a room is the same for all students. Honors
students do not get priority application for housing, but they do get dedicated Honors
Living Learning Community (LLC) rooms in Juniper Hall on the Tampa campus and Osprey
Hall on the St. Petersburg campus, which boasts amenities such as a package delivery
room, in-hall laundry and dining, and special programming reserved for Honors LLC
Yes! Honors students may elect to live in the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC),
housed in Juniper Hall on the Tampa campus and Osprey Hall on the St. Petersburg campus.
This is an enriching experience where Honors students interact with other high-achieving peers
from different majors to build a close-knit community. The Honors LLC offers specialized
programming for Honors students, including career workshops, study away/abroad opportunities,
service learning, fun social events, and more.
The Honors LLC on the Tampa campus has a fee of $125 per semester, which goes directly
to student-centered programs and events, including the Reisen Scholarship, group outings,
service-learning experiences, a personal Honors Program Director and Graduate Assistant
who offer weekly office hours, in-hall private tutoring, and of course, Honors swag!
The Honors LLC is a special community, designed to provide students with extra support
and an enriching college experience. Not to mention, you will be living among peers
from a variety of majors and interests.
Your Honors Program Director facilitates service-learning events, social gatherings,
in-hall private tutoring for all subjects, career workshops, one-to-one and group
advising, game nights, international and cultural programming, and more! Honors LLC
students have networking opportunities, like Dinners with the Dean, leadership positions,
and special student funding for research presentations and study or service abroad
The Judy Genshaft Honors College is a small, uniquely interdisciplinary college. While
you may meet many students in your major through courses and other campus activities,
the Honors LLC helps you connect and network with students from other disciplines
and backgrounds, giving you a more robust community.
You will also experience major-specific events in the Honors LLC, including Pre-Health
and Engineering opportunities, while enjoying social activities and experiential learning
with students in other majors. It’s important to remember that students' major courses
are not the only classes that help prepare them for their professional, personal, and academic
goals: working with others across disciplines and backgrounds is a key component in
becoming a truly global citizen!
The Honors LLC has space for up to 350 students on the Tampa campus and 60 students
on the St. Petersburg campus. The typical ratio of FTIC students versus returners
(upperclassmen) is about 60% on the Tampa campus. Most of the current Honors LLC students
on the St. Petersburg campus will be returning to live in Honors housing next fall.
Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students who commute or live off-campus still have many opportunities to be involved
in Honors. Some of these include the Honors Foundations Program, Student Council,
service opportunities, and many more. We have a weekly newsletter called The Honor Roll, which lists unique opportunities for Honors students.
Additionally, our class sizes are much more intimate than others on campus. With a
maximum of 19 students per class, students get to their peers very well and form lasting
friendships. Plus, students also have close access to their professors to build strong
relationships centered around mentoring, service, and research experiences.
There is no formal application for the 7-Year B.S./M.D. Program. Students interested in following the 7-Year B.S./M.D. Track must reach initial eligibility requirements and should communicate this information to their Honors College advisor during their
summer orientation. Students will formally declare their intent to follow the Program
by completing a declaration form on the B.S./M.D. website in mid-April of the first
year on campus.
Students must be accepted to USF with a minimum SAT score of 1500 or an ACT score
of 34 to qualify for the program. The best composite score ("superscore") will be
considered. In addition to one of these test scores, students must present a 4.0 weighted
high school GPA; recalculated by the USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Students interested in the field of medicine should complete a rigorous high school
curriculum, including advanced coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics
(calculus and statistics are preferred). Additionally, since the Medical College Admissions
Test (MCAT) now includes a section on psycho-social foundations of behavior, students
are also encouraged to complete courses in the social and behavioral sciences. Since
the MCAT is taken after the second year of the 7-Year B.S./M.D. Program, we strongly
encourage students to consider enrolling in accelerated/dual enrollment credits in
the areas of psychology, sociology, anthropology, math, and/or English.
The goal is for students to enter USF with some foundation courses fulfilled so they can
enroll in more advanced MCAT preparatory courses during the first two years at USF.
For more information on MCAT course recommendations, click here.
No, they are two separate entities. Please see below for more information.
The Business Honors Program is housed in the Muma College of Business; not the Judy Genshaft Honors College.
Yes! Students can be part of both the Judy Genshaft Honors College and the Business
There is a difference in coursework, graduation requirements, and amenities:
COURSEWORKJudy Genshaft Honors College Judy Genshaft Honors College students are required to take four Honors core courses,
which satisfy General Education Requirements, and a Research Track: a two-semester
independent thesis or an Honors faculty-directed capstone class and one additional
Honors core course.
Business Honors ProgramBusiness Honors students are required to take a BHP-specific professional development
series (GEB 2098/2099) and a Bulls Business Community specific SLS 2901 section, both
in their first two semesters, a QMB 3253 statistics course, and a Muma College of
Business two-semester independent thesis. Some of the required BHP courses will satisfy
major requirements and the BHP thesis satisfies the Honors Research Track.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTSJudy Genshaft Honors CollegeJudy Genshaft Honors College requirements include 50 hours of community service and
two global experience activities.Business Honors ProgramBusiness Honors Program requirements include living in the Bulls Business Community
(BBC) during the first year, attending a speaker series, participating in study abroad
at least once, and completing at least one internship.
AMENITIESJudy Genshaft Honors CollegeThe Judy Genshaft Honors College offers students:
Business Honors Program The Business Honors Program offers students:
Yes, there are USF department-specific honors programs students can join that are not part of the Judy Genshaft Honors College (including the Business Honors Program -
see above). Please click the links below for more information:
Anthropology Undergraduate Honors Program
Communication Undergraduate Honors Program
English Undergraduate Honors Program
Psychology Undergraduate Honors Program
Sociology Undergraduate Honors Program
TheatreUSF Honors Program
No. All USF students on all campuses are eligible to apply. Competitive scholarships
are open to undergraduate and graduate students. There are also a few opportunities
for which recent alumni may apply.
No. Nationally competitive scholarships are awards which enable students to gain experiences
that will help direct their pursuit of academic, professional, and personal goals.
Most awards only have merit-based criteria; however, there are a few scholarships
that require eligibility based on financial need.
ONS advisors provide high-touch mentoring which consists of:
In addition, ONS advisors understand the intense nature of the national scholarship
application process and assist with application components such as essay writing,
choice of recommenders for reference letters, and mock preparatory interviews.
Many scholarships require a letter of support from ONS or only allow each university
to nominate a limited number of applicants. Even for scholarships that do not require
ONS endorsement, working with an advisor will strengthen your applications for competitive
Additionally, ONS advisors may recommend opportunities to students after obtaining
more information regarding their goals and interests.