Judy Genshaft Honors College
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ALN 241
Tampa, FL 33620
Physical Location: John & Grace Allen Building (ALN) is located in the center of the USF campus. From the main entrance on Fowler Ave., follow Leroy Collins Blvd.
About the College
The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers a remarkable learning experience that combines the resources of one of the country’s top research universities with the personal attention and close-knit community you would expect from a top-tier, private institution. The Honors College enrolls high-ability students from virtually every USF major in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program designed to provide future leaders with valuable skills and knowledge that enhance the training that they receive in their majors. The primary goals of the Honors College are to develop superior critical thinking skills through intensive research and interdisciplinary learning, foster a nuanced global perspective on contemporary issues through an internationalized curriculum and meaningful study abroad experiences, and encourage a rich understanding of social concerns through structured community engagement projects.
Mission, Vision, Values
The mission of the Honors College is to cultivate creativity and practical wisdom through interdisciplinary inquiry and ethical engagement, both locally and globally. The Honors College equips students to put values into practice in order to grow personally while contributing to our community in the following ways: We value self-cultivation, so we practice purposeful play. We value community, so we practice collaborative and experiential learning. We value global thinking, so we practice responsible and engaged citizenship.
Admission for FTIC Students
The Judy Genshaft Honors College actively recruits students who have demonstrated academic excellence through high test scores and high school GPA. Students admitted to USF who have 30 ACT or 1370 SAT and at least a 4.0 will be automatically accepted into the Honors College. Honors College acceptance emails and letters are sent a few weeks after USF acceptance materials, or after we receive eligible scores. This process begins in October and ends May 1st.
We also know that excellence takes a variety of forms, and therefore we encourage applications from any student who wants to be considered on the basis of his/her achievements. The Honors College Application requires an essay and resume. Applications are reviewed by a team of current Honors College students, faculty, and staff. The application link can be found on our Admissions website at https://www.usf.edu/honors/prospective-students/application.aspx.
Admission for Transfer or Continuing USF Students
The Honors College offers admission to an upper-level program for students who are already enrolled as USF students, or who are transferring to USF from a state or community college. Students who have a 3.5 college GPA and have completed at least two semesters as college students may apply for admission; the link can be found on our Transfer/Continuing USF Students webpage at https://www.usf.edu/honors/prospective-students/transfer-continuing-students.aspx.
The Honors College offers a range of accelerated programs, guaranteed admissions programs, hosted scholarship programs, and community partnership programs. Please consult our website for up-to-date information about special programs at https://www.usf.edu/honors/accelerated-programs/index.aspx.
General Requirements for Honors College Distinction
Students who satisfactorily complete the Honors College curriculum and graduate with a USF GPA of 3.25 or above shall be identified as Honors College graduates on their diplomas and transcripts, as well as at the Honors College Graduation Ceremony. The Honors College curriculum is made up of the academic curriculum and two experiential learning components.
Academic Curriculum for FTIC Admits (15-18 credits)
Students admitted to the Honors College as first time in college students will complete the academic curriculum with four core honors courses and then select a research option.
- IDH 2930 - Selected Topics (0 credits)
- IDH 2010 Acquisition of Knowledge (3 credits)
- IDH 4200 - Geographical Perspectives Honors (3 credits)
- 2 IDH core courses of your choice (6 credits)
- Honors College Thesis - IDH 4970 - Honors Thesis, taken twice (6 credits)
- Honors College Capstone - IDH 4950 - Honors Project, plus one core honors course (6 credits) FTIC Engineering majors will have the additional core honors course waived.
- Departmental Honors - Complete the requirements for a university departmental honors program.
Academic Curriculum for Continuing USF or Transfer Student Admits (12 credits)
Students admitted to the Honors College after having been enrolled as a USF student, or as transfer students will complete the academic curriculum with two core honors courses and then select a research option.
- 2 IDH core courses of your choice (6 credits)
- Honors College Thesis - IDH 4970 - Honors Thesis, taken twice (6 credits)
- Honors College Capstone - IDH 4950 - Honors Project, plus one core honors course (6 credits)
- Departmental Honors - Complete the requirements for a university departmental honors program
Core Honors Courses
- IDH 2010 Acquisition of Knowledge
- IDH 3100 Arts and Humanities
- IDH 3350 Honors Natural Sciences
- IDH 3400 Honors Social and Behavioral Sciences
- IDH 3600 Seminar in Applied Ethics
- IDH 4200 - Geographical Perspectives Honors
- IDH 4930 - Selected Topics
- IDH 4950 - Honors Project
Co-curricular Experiential Learning Components
All Honors students, both FTIC and Continuing/Transfer students, are required to complete experiential co-curricular learning components. The first experiential learning component is community service. We believe learning extends beyond the four walls of the classroom. The people and places in our local community offer lessons that complement and reinforce classroom-based learning. Options and guidelines for the community service experience are outlined on our website at https://www.usf.edu/honors/current-students/community-service.aspx.
The second experiential learning component is global experience. The Honors College is committed to making global awareness a critical element in the education of twenty-first century leaders. To meet this goal, the Global Experience requirement offers students the opportunity to choose from a variety of meaningful ways to build global knowledge and to develop competency in cultural interactions. Students will complete two experiences from a list of approved options (see https://www.usf.edu/honors/current-students/global-cultural-requirement.aspx).
Grading Requirements and Policies
Students in good standing have a minimum 3.25 USF GPA and a 3.25 Overall GPA (grade forgiveness is not included), are actively completing the requirements for the Honors College, and have completed an IDH core course in the last three semesters. Students in good standing have the privilege of priority status for course registration.
If a student’s USF GPA falls below a 3.25 (but is 2.75 or higher), he or she will be placed on Honors College Probation. Students on probation will lose their priority registration status and any Honors scholarship payments, but are still eligible to enroll in Honors courses and see their Honors Advisor. Students will be removed from the probationary status when the GPA reaches a 3.25 again.
If a student’s GPA falls below 2.75, he or she will be dismissed from the Honors College. Additionally, any student who earns a “D” or “F” in an Honors course will be dismissed from the College.
The university grade forgiveness policy does not apply to Honors College courses.
Students who satisfactorily complete the Honors College requirements and graduate with a USF GPA of 3.25 or above shall be identified as Honors College graduates on their diplomas and transcripts, and at the Honors College Graduation Ceremony.
During their senior year, Honors College students should:
- Meet with the departmental advisor of your major to do a final graduation check to ensure you are meeting all of your major requirements.
- Meet with an Honors College Advisor to ensure that you are meeting your honors curriculum requirements.
- Submit a Bachelor Degree Application through Oasis.
- Note: Some college deadlines, including Engineering, are earlier. College of Business requires an additional application worksheet. Please consult your department advising office for specific information.
After the deadline to apply for university graduation has passed, potential honors graduates will receive an email to complete a graduation survey. All Honors College students MUST complete this survey and submit their bachelor’s degree application. The deadline for completion is listed in the email.
The Honors College Graduation Survey includes information about registering for the Honors College commencement ceremony.
Judy Genshaft Honors College Commencement
Each semester the Honors College acknowledges the accomplishments of our graduates during the Honors College Commencement Ceremony. Family and friends are invited to share in this special event and offer congratulations and appreciation to these amazing students.
- The date and time for the upcoming commencement ceremony can be found on the Honors College Calendar at https://firstname.lastname@example.org&ctz=America/New_York&pli=1.
- Registration for the ceremony is included as part of your Honors College Graduation Survey, so if you are interested in attending please indicate this on the form. Once you submit the form, a confirmation email with specific information about details of the ceremony will be emailed to you.
- The dress code for the ceremony is professional attire, however, caps and gowns should NOT be worn at the Honors College Commencement Ceremony. When you check-in at the commencement ceremony, we will provide the items & regalia necessary to identify you as an Honors College graduate, free of charge.
- During the ceremony, each graduate will be recognized separately and we will request a photo of you in advance to include in the presentation.
Honors Commencement Ceremony is typically located in the Alumni Center in Traditions Hall.
Judy Genshaft Honors Scholarships & Housing
The Honors College awards competitive scholarships to its new and continuing students
All Honors College students receive $2,000 in academic scholarships. This award is paid in three installments during the students’ academic career:
- $600 during the first year after completing the college’s community engagement requirement.
- $600 during the second year after completing the college’s global experience requirement.
- $800 during the third or fourth year after completing the college’s academic requirements.
Most Honors College students also qualify for very generous travel scholarships to fund study abroad opportunities.
In addition, thanks to the generosity of many donors, there are more than 30 competitive scholarships available exclusively to Honors College students.
Students may apply for these Honors-specific awards, as well as, general USF scholarships (see https://www.usf.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/index.aspx). These applications typically open in November and are due in January for new students and April for continuing students.
You may also want to visit the Office of National Scholarships for more information about competitive academic awards.
George Jenkins Scholars Program
The Jenkins Scholars Program is one of the highest funded academic scholarships at USF. The George Jenkins Scholarships are funded through the Publix Super Markets Charities, which was founded by the late George Jenkins, the initial founder and owner of Publix Supermarkets. A cohort of Jenkins Scholars are selected annually from a statewide competition of high school seniors who are admitted to USF as freshmen. The Jenkins recipients are academically talented students with financial need. The Jenkins Scholars Program is designed to provide academic and personal support services for all scholars, freshman through senior year. The scholars participate in various scholarly and cultural activities, such as academic monitoring, mentoring activities, academic/personal development seminars, career advising and planned activities with the Jenkins family.
Holcombe Scholars Program
The Holcombe Scholars Program is one of the highest funded academic scholarships at USF. These scholarships are funded by Brad and Terry Holcombe, two USF graduates. A select group of Scholars are elected annually from a statewide competition of high school seniors who are admitted to USF as freshmen. The Holcombe recipients are academically talented students with financial need. The program is designed to provide academic and personal support services for all scholars, freshman through senior year. The scholars participate in various scholarly and cultural activities, such as academic mentoring activities, academic/personal development seminars, career advising and planned activities with the Holcombe family.
Office of National Scholarships
Location/Phone: John and Grace Allen (ALN) 271; (813) 974-3087
Web Address: https://www.usf.edu/ons/
The Office of National Scholarships identifies, recruits and mentors high achieving students, both undergraduate and graduate, to apply for prestigious nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships and awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, Goldwater and Truman. Some awards support graduate or professional study in the U.S., while others involve education abroad or independent research . These opportunities are open to all qualified USF students who wish to apply.
Director: Sayan Basu
Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) - Honors Housing
The Honors LLC is a residential experience open to all Honors College students. We strive to create a respectful and close-knit community while celebrating the diversity of our students. To encourage student development in a variety of interests, the Honors LLC has created two themed common spaces: “Educate and Create” and “Build and Innovate”. Regardless of major, students can explore everything from film and music education to architecture and software development. The focus of our community is to simultaneously develop our students’ academic and extracurricular interests. To do so, we host programs and activities related to career exploration, networking, and connecting with Honors faculty. The Honors LLC will be housed in Summit, one of the newest residence halls opening in Fall 2017.
If you’re interested in joining our community, please visit us at https://www.usf.edu/honors/prospective-students/housing.aspx.
For more information on our new residence hall, Summit, please visit: https://www.usf.edu/housing/residential-learning/llc.aspx
Baccalaureate-Level Degree Programs
The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers a number of programs that are subdivided into the following categories:
Students can earn their undergraduate, medical, or pharmacy degrees at an accelerated pace in one of our Honors College accelerated programs.
Guaranteed Admission Programs
The Honors College offers two pathways that will guarantee admission to either the Master’s in Medical Sciences or Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.
Early Acceptance Programs
The Honors College, in affiliation with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), offers eligible Honors College students Early Acceptance Admission Programs to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).
Hosted Scholarship Programs
The Honors College hosts three scholarship programs for both Honors and non-Honors students.
Community Partnership Programs
We partner with many groups and organizations throughout Tampa Bay. These partnership programs allow students to learn and research outside of the classroom.
Dual Enrollment Program
Dual enrollment in USF classes is open to academically qualified students who are currently enrolled in public/private high schools and who are recommended by their guidance counselor or principal.
Early Admission Program
Under the Early Admission program you may enter the University of South Florida (Tampa) as a regularly enrolled (matriculated), degree-seeking student prior to graduation from high school. Applicants must meet minimum Honors College eligibility criteria (see https://www.usf.edu/honors/prospective-students/early-admission.aspx).
Judy Genshaft Honors Program Requirements
All Honors College students must complete a research track consisting of either a thesis or capstone course. Thesis is an individual research project on a topic of the students’ choice, under the direction of a faculty member selected by the student. Thesis may also be completed through departmental honors programs. The Honors Capstone course brings Honors students together to take an interdisciplinary approach at solving real-world problems through undergraduate research and practical application.
Honors College students will accumulate 50 hours of community service. Service can take place through one site or organization, or through multiple opportunities, based on your interests. These hours may overlap with those required for the Global Citizen Award, or other pre-professional goals.
- Transfer and continuing students who enter the College in the Fall of 2016 or later are required to complete 25 hours of community service.
The Honors College is committed to making global awareness a critical element in the education of twenty-first century leaders. To meet this goal, the Global Experience requirement offers students the opportunity to choose from a variety of meaningful ways to build global knowledge and to develop competency in cultural interactions.
During their orientation, each new Honors College freshman is paired with a peer mentor, an upper-classman enrolled in the Honors College. These mentors are students selected and trained in leadership, advising, and group dynamics so they can share their college experience and expertise!
New students will register for IDH 2930 - Peer Mentoring and will meet with a small group led by their mentor throughout the fall semester. This class is zero credits and has no tuition charge, but it will be reflected on transcripts and is a required part of the Honors College Experience.
USF provides several options by which students may accelerate their progress toward completing the baccalaureate degree. These options recognize knowledge which has been acquired prior to or during attendance at USF and provide the opportunity to earn University credit. Options which may be utilized to accelerate progress include the following:
- Recognition of satisfactory performance on standardized tests offered through recognized examination programs. See http://ugs.usf.edu/credit-by-exam/ for a complete listing of exams and course equivalencies.
- Recognition of satisfactory performance on tests offered through Advanced Placement Programs of the College Entrance Examination Board (see Advanced Placement Credit Programs).
- Recognition of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Students who earn the IB Diploma will be awarded 30 semester hours of college credit and sophomore standing. Credit for standard level exams with a score of 4 or higher may be awarded to those students who do not earn the IB diploma.
- Dual enrollment as a non-degree-seeking student at USF or a community college prior to graduation from high school (see Dual Enrollment [Public/Private High/Home School]). Florida College System students should follow eligibility criteria for non-degree seeking students (below).
- Early admission for high school students (see Early Admission Freshmen).
- Courses completed through USF Distance Learning. See https://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/online-programs/online-undergraduate-programs.aspx.
Accelerated and Pathway Programs
The Honors College offers a variety of accelerated and pathway programs. Details regarding each of these programs can be found on the Honors College website at https://www.usf.edu/honors.
Provost’s Scholars Program
Students complete a bachelor degree in three years, while enjoying a rich college experience that includes leadership, research, and education abroad.
7-Year B.S./MD Program
Potential First-time in College (FTIC) students must present a 1470 SAT (Critical Reading and Math) or a 32 composite ACT score, 4.0 weighted high school GPA, and must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States. Students in this program follow a set curriculum for the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and must meet identified GPA and MCAT benchmarks, including a successful medical school interview, to be admitted to the Morsani College of Medicine in the 4th year of study. Admission is determined by the Morsani
7-Year B.S./PharmD Program
Potential First-time in College (FTIC) students must present at least a 1360 SAT (Critical Reading and Math) or a 29 composite ACT score, 3.8 weighted high school GPA, and must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States. Students in this program follow a set curriculum for the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and must meet identified GPA and MCAT benchmarks, including a successful College of Pharmacy interview, to be admitted to the USF Health College of Pharmacy in the 4th year of study. Admission is determined by the USF Health College of Pharmacy.
This 3+3 program will allow first year students to use their first year law curriculum to count as the 4th year elective requirements for the Bachelor’s degree. Students must be admitted to the Honors College as first year students and meet program criteria.
Guaranteed Admissions Pathway for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program
Potential First-time in College (FTIC) students must present at least a 1360 SAT (Critical Reading and Math) or a 29 composite ACT score, 3.8 weighted high school GPA, and must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States. FTIC students who have been admitted to the Honors College and are interested in a career as a Nurse-Scientist are offered a guaranteed admission pathway to USF Health’s College of Nursing and complete a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) provided that the student meets all of the benchmarks of the program, including a successful interview with the College of Nursing.
Guaranteed Admissions Pathway for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Potential First-time in College (FTIC) students must present at least a 1360 SAT (Critical Reading and Math) or a 29 composite ACT score, 3.8 weighted high school GPA, and must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States. FTIC students who have been admitted to the Honors College and are interested in a career in physical therapy are offered a guaranteed admission pathway to USF Health’s School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences (SPTRS) and complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), provided that the student continues to meet all the benchmarks of the program, including a successful interview with SPTRS. There is no GRE requirement for this program. Admission is determined by the SPTRS/Morsani College of Medicine.
Guaranteed Admissions Pathway for Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program (MSP3)
Potential FTIC and transfer students in good standing with the Honors College must meet identified GPA and GRE, MCAT or DAT benchmarks to apply to the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBS)/Morsani College of Medicine in order to be considered. The Honors MSP3 GAP is a direct entry program designed to assist USF’s Honors College students seeking admission into a health professional school (e.g., MD, DO, DMD, DVM, PharmD). This program will allow qualified Honors College students guaranteed acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Sciences Pre-professional Program. Admission is determined by the School of Biomedical Sciences/Morsani College of Medicine.
Undergraduate Advising Information
Judy Genshaft Honors College Advising
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ALN 241
Tampa, FL 33620
The mission of the Honors College advising team is to empower students to acquire, create, and contribute knowledge by promoting diverse learning experiences, active goal setting, reflection, and involvement in the university and global community. Academic advising is a vital component of the Honors College experience. We collaborate with departmental advisors to ensure students get accurate and timely advice to ensure timely degree completion.
A walk-in Honors College advisor is also on duty every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for quick questions or help. Walk-In advisors will NOT remove AA holds, create 4-year academic plans, or graduation checks. Please make an appointment for those needs.
To make a face-to-face appointment with an Academic Advisor:
If you are an accepted or currently registered student at USF, use EScheduler at https://usfweb.usf.edu/eScheduler/student.aspx (requires login).
If you ARE NOT a USF student, use the advisor appointment system at https://usfweb.usf.edu/eScheduler/NonStudentlogin.aspxhttps://usfweb.usf.edu/eScheduler/NonStudentlogin.aspx
Judy Genshaft Honors College Faculty
Adams, Charles; Bush, Alan; Cross, Michael; Davidson, Lindy; Lankenau, Greg; Sakai, Atsuko; Salim, Ulluminair; Singh, Holly; Wilkins, Catherine; Young, Benjamin.
For Honors College Curriculum Programs, please see Undergraduate Studies Curriculum Programs.