Honors Admissions

Honors Admissions

The Judy Genshaft Honors College admits students in three ways: Admission by Application, Direct Admission, and Upper-Level Admission. Please read through the options below to see how you can join us!

1. ADMISSION BY APPLICATION — HOLISTIC REVIEW
FIRST-TIME-IN-COLLEGE (FTIC) STUDENTS ONLY

The honors application takes into consideration more than just your test scores. We employ a holistic review process for applications; reviewing applicants' extracurricular activities, a short essay, and academic scores when evaluating. Please click here to learn more about the honors application criteria, deadlines, and to apply.

APPLY

PLEASE NOTE: Students must first apply to the University of South Florida before applying to the Judy Genshaft Honors College. Acceptance into the Judy Genshaft Honors College is contingent on acceptance to USF.

Honors application admissions decisions for the priority deadline have been sent via the student email address used when applying to the university, with the subject line: 'Judy Genshaft Honors College — Application Decision'. Please make sure to check spam folders in case the email was miscategorized. 

2. DIRECT ADMISSION
FIRST-TIME-IN-COLLEGE (FTIC) STUDENTS ONLY

PLEASE NOTE:  We have indefinitely suspended direct admission to the Tampa campus for Florida residents and out of state students due to capacity limitations. Florida residents meeting the Judy Genshaft Honors College direct admission criteria who were admitted to USF after Dec. 3, 2020, or out of state students who were admitted to USF after Jan. 1, 2020, should complete an honors application. International students may still be eligible for direct admission.

Students admitted to USF who have reached the below scores (superscores included) will be directly admitted into the Judy Genshaft Honors College; and will not need to submit an honors application. Please see contingency above.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

  • 30 ACT or 1370 SAT and a 4.0 GPA (recalculated by USF)
  • Tampa campus: We have indefinitely suspended direct admission to the Tampa campus due to capacity limitations. Students meeting the Judy Genshaft Honors College direct admission criteria who were admitted to USF after Dec. 3, 2020 should complete an honors application.
  • St. Petersburg & Sarasota-Manatee campuses: Judy Genshaft Honors College direct admission continues at these campuses for students meeting the criteria.
  • We will continue to accept updated test scores from USF-admitted students until the admissions process is closed. The point at which the process closes may differ by campus.

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

  • Students who earn the USF Green & Gold Presidential Award
  • Tampa campus: Out of state students must be admitted to USF by Jan. 1, 2021 to be eligible for direct admission. International students must be admitted to USF by March 1, 2021 to be eligible for direct admission. Otherwise, they should complete an honors application.
  • St. Petersburg & Sarasota-Manatee campuses: Judy Genshaft Honors College direct admission continues at these campuses for students meeting the criteria.
  • We will continue to accept updated test scores from USF-admitted students until the admissions process is closed. The point at which the process closes may differ by campus.

3. UPPER-LEVEL ADMISSION

Upper-Level Admission is designed for students who have graduated high school and are currently attending college, whether at USF or another college or university. Please click here to learn more.

STILL UNSURE about joining honors?

Schedule a Virtual Information Session (VIS), an online, peer-to-peer experience, with an Honors Ambassador today! Sessions are available Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.