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“We have designed our program for the academically superior student who wishes to go the extra mile; who embraces challenge; and who is intrigued by alternative approaches to learning.” —Stuart Silverman, Ph.D., Dean of the Honors College at USF
You seek nothing less than a remarkable college experience. You seek a higher level of academic challenge; a close-knit community of students serious about learning and discovery; and the opportunity to conduct original research with faculty mentors who will both challenge and support you. You seek the best education. Period. The Honors College at the University of South Florida combines the resources of one of the countryâ€™s top research universities with the personal attention and close-knit community you might find at any top-tier private institution. The result: A remarkable education that will challenge you to realize your extraordinary potential.
You won’t find these remarkable experiences anywhere else. Every Honors College student has the opportunity to:
“My Honors Thesis is a photography project aimed at raising awareness for cyclists in the Tampa Bay area. The goal is to compile 150 to 200 uniformly edited photographs in book form and send it out to lawmakers so that Tampa Bay can become more like Portland and Seattle in terms of how cyclists are treated.” –Adam Clark ’13, marketing and advertising
Teach or co-teach an undergraduate course, gaining valuable experience in preparation for graduate school
Study abroad with scholarship assistance through any one of USF’s study abroad programs in more than 25 countries
A remarkable location
Conduct research with a professor and publish or present your work nationally
In addition to opportunities available only to students in the Honors College, as a USF student you will have access to the rich professional, cultural and recreational resources afforded by the University’s location in Tampa. Intern with Clear Channel Radio, New York Life or Universal Health Care Group. Perform in the wide range of musical venues throughout the city. Immerse yourself in Tampa’s thriving art scene. Or spend a day at the beach. Honors students are allowed to have fun, too.
Complete a capstone research or creative project to fulfill the requirements of the Honors Thesis learn more at honors.usf.edu
Honors College faculty: Purveyors of wisdom, research partners The majority of your Honors College courses—like “Acquisition of Knowledge” and “Arts and Humanities”—will be seminar-style classes of 15 to 25 students. You’ll find yourself engaged in intense conversations with world-class faculty members, some of whom have served as CEOs, worked for NASA and delivered expert testimony in front of Congress, to name just a few of their many accomplishments. In addition to developing close relationships with international experts in the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with your professors on a wide range of research initiatives. You might:
Research treatments for prostate cancer through the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, located on USF’s campus
Research and implement clean energy initiatives through USF’s Office of Sustainability (you’ll have plenty to choose from; USF was recently ranked one of “America’s Coolest Schools” by the Sierra Club for our rapid advances in sustainability)
Analyze water and waste water provision, control and treatment through USF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Choose to major in undergraduate research—one of the only undergraduate research majors offered in the country—and spend an intensive year-and-a-half working one-onone with a faculty mentor
Present the results of your collaborative research at USF’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, or at national conferences
Six Internships and Counting
Jennifer Thai ’13, a mass communications major in the Zimmerman Advertising Program, has already participated in six internships. In addition to interning for three consecutive years with Mr Youth, a New York-based marketing agency, Jennifer has served as a marketing intern with FANSHOES, Inc. and as a public relations intern for both 24DP (another agency centralized in New York) and also Tampa-based White Book Agency. Jennifer has somehow still found time to chair the Advertising Committee, volunteer at Tampa General Hospital for three years and serve at the Campo YMCA in Valrico, FL.
I highly recommend the USF Honors College for the excellent course selection, the quality of students with whom you will be surrounded, and the individualized attention you will receive from the outstanding staff of the Honors College. â€”Dina Busciglio Sheridan, J.D. â€˜98 Co-owner, Busciglio & Sheridan Law Group
300 of the brightest bulls, all under the same roof. The Honors Living Learning Community: A Family Away From Home In addition to conducting research at the Moffitt Cancer Center and participating in a study abroad trip—in which she volunteered at a clinic and an orphanage in her native Jamaica—Sharland Johnson ’13, a biomedical sciences major, spent two years in the Honors Living Learning Community. “The Honors College gives you your own little family away from home, especially in the Living Learning Community. There’s nothing like being up late studying with everybody in your dorm for a 7 a.m. final. It’s kind of indescribable.”
Located in Juniper-Poplar Hall, the Honors Living Learning Community extends your Honors College experience beyond the classroom to create a close-knit residential community. As a member of the Honors LLC, you’ll enjoy access to:
• Specialized academic advising
• Special events like the Midnight
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• The opportunity to form close
options A faculty member in residence Classroom space Honors mentors
friendships with brilliant students based on common interests
You don’t have to live in the Honors Living Learning Community to benefit from the close-knit Honors community at USF. You might:
• Join the Honors Philharmonic Orchestra (a 55-piece band welcoming all majors and talent levels)
• Organize events (like the annual barbeque at Riverfront Park) through the Honors College Student Council
• Hang out or study in the Honors Lounge, open 24 hours a day
Accelerated programs for remarkable students USF offers our most talented scholars the opportunity to pursue accelerated programs across a wide range of
Preparation for any challenge Through a combination of close attention from the University’s most talented professors, undergraduate research and teaching opportunities, meaningful internship and study abroad experiences, the resources of Tampa and a rigorous curriculum, USF Honors graduates are prepared to excel in whatever they choose to pursue upon graduation. You can find USF Honors graduates enrolled in the country’s most prestigious graduate, medical and professional schools, including the University of South Florida and: Duke University Harvard University MIT The Ohio State University Stanford Univeristy Tufts University
University of California, Berkeley University of Georgia University of New England University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh
majors. In addition to the Provost’s Scholars Program, through which you can earn your bachelor’s degree in three years without sacrificing important experiential learning opportunities, USF also offers: •
A seven-year Bachelor of Science/ Medical Degree program
A five-year Bachelor of Science/ Master of Engineering Science program
And five-year Bachelor’s/Master’s degrees through the College of Public Health
Our graduates have accepted positions with the following employers and organizations, to name a few: Cardozo School of Law Fulbright IBM Saatchi & Saatchi
University of California, San Francisco U.S. Department of Homeland Security Winston & Strawn LLP
Peer Teaching…In Panama
During her time at USF, Ashley Hinton ’12, a psychology and political science double major, studied abroad in Panama, participated in a research internship with the Healthy Children Lab at USF and served a term as the president of the Honors College Student Council—a list of experiences that have helped prepare her to pursue her dreams of becoming a college professor. Did we mention she was also able to teach an undergraduate class? “The Honors College gave me the ability to teach Panama: Beyond the Classroom, where, for a semester, we talked about the culture and the health care system, and how the U.S. and Panama differ. At the end of the semester, we took a nine-day immersion trip to Panama and brought everything we did in the classroom to life.”
Admission to the Honors College at USF Admission to the Honors College at USF is highly selective. We’re interested in inviting only the best and brightest students to join our close-knit community. In order to be admitted to the Honors College, you must meet the following minimum requirements: UPPER-LEVEL Students • 3.5 cumulative post-secondary GPA based on 45 college- or universitylevel credits. • Must have successfully completed two full semesters of coursework as a degree-seeking college student.
First Year Students • 3.9 GPA • 1300 SAT, with a minimum 580 verbal or an ACT composite score of 29, with a minimum English score of 29 • 3.0 GPA in any post-secondary or college coursework All students who meet these requirements receive an invitation to join the Honors College once they have been admitted to USF. It is important to apply early, as scholarship assistance is only guaranteed up to a certain date each semester.
To apply to USF, visit usf.edu/admissions.
Honors College Scholarships From the USF Honors College Scholarship ($500 per year for up to four years) available to all qualifying Honors College students, to the USF Presidential Scholars Award ($4,000 per year for up to four years), the University of South Florida offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities. For a complete list of scholarships available to USF students, visit usf.edu/scholarships.
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