Honors Admissions

Transfer Student Admission

Students who are starting at USF directly from another college or university, can apply to join the Judy Genshaft Honors College as a transfer applicant. Transfer students interested in joining the Honors College should complete their application for the same term that they plan on starting with USF.

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.


Students will not be admitted into the 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, or two years after completion of an associate degree).

For this reason, transfer students will only be admitted to the Honors College at the time of transfer and must have at least two academic years (four Fall/Spring Semesters) remaining before graduation to be eligible for admission into the Honors College.


In order to graduate with Judy Genshaft Honors College distinction, transfer students in the Honors College must complete the following requirements by the time of 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 Course
  • 2 Experiential Learning Activities
  • Minimum 3.25 USF and Overall GPA


Transfer students can apply for admission into the Judy Genshaft Honors College at any time. The deadline and decision dates for Honors transfer students is dependent on a student’s intended entry term. Please keep in mind, in order to be eligible to apply for the Judy Genshaft Honors College, prospective transfer students must have previously completed their general USF Admissions application by the deadlines outlined by the Office of Admissions online here

Application deadlines for upcoming semesters are listed below. 

Transfer Students Entering in Summer 2023
Honors Application Deadline: April 1, 2023 Honors Decision Date: April 21, 2023 
Transfer Students Entering in Fall 2023
Honors Application Deadline: June 2, 2023  Honors Decision Date: June 23, 2023 
Transfer Students Entering in Spring 2024
Honors Application Deadline: October 27, 2023  Honors Decision Date: November 17, 2023


Click here to access the Judy Genshaft Honors College Transfer Student Application.