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 (more details 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 a student'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
  • Two Experiential Learning Activities
  • Minimum 3.5 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.

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


  1. Transfer Students Entering Summer & Fall 2024


      Feb. 2, 2024

      Transfer students who are entering USF during either the Summer or Fall of 2024 should apply to enter the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the same time as their intended entry term.


      March 25, 2024

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


      April 8, 2024

      Applicants will be notified of their Summer/Fall 2024 admission decision on April 8, 2024.


Judy Genshaft Honors College transfer student applications are now open.

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