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The Provost’s Scholars Program at the University of South Florida

Bulls know a thing or two about charging full steam ahead.

At USF, we welcome ambitious, focused students who possess a clear vision for their future.

We’ve created the Provost’s Scholars Program— a bachelor’s degree in three years that offers all of the benefits of a four-year degree (like one less year of tuition and living expenses, not to mention an extra year of earning power) without the drawbacks (like an anxiety-inducing workload or a rushed, unfulfilling college experience)— especially for those highly motivated students.

In fact, we’ve built life-shaping, outside-ofthe-classroom experiences like study abroad, internship and living learning opportunities into the curriculum to ensure that you experience everything USF has to offer. That way you can earn your undergraduate degree in three years and cheer on the Bulls football team, conduct research and hold an office in Student Government. As a Provost’s Scholar at USF, you can charge ahead without missing a thing.

What’s a provost? A provost is the senior academic officer at many universities in the United States and Canada. The provost is responsible for all academic programs and is the secondin-command of the institution. At USF, our provost is Dr. Ralph Wilcox. You’ll have a chance to meet him—at the beginning of each academic year, all Provost’s Scholars will be invited to eat dinner with Dr. Wilcox.

Mapping out your three years While you will meet with your academic advisor during the summer before your freshman year to create an individualized plan tailored to your area of study and your educational goals, the following chart provides an outline of what your three years in the Provost’s Scholars Program might entail.


1 summer 1) Make certain that you’ve completed at least 18 college credits before enrolling at USF. If you’re a few credits short, enroll in USF summer courses to make up the difference. Your advisor will help you. 2) Meet with your USF advisor to create an individualized comprehensive plan of studies.

FALL During your first semester, you’ll take 4 or 5 classes, earning between 15 and 18 credits.

SPRING Complete 15 to 18 credits. Once you’ve settled in on campus, join a pre-professional fraternity or volunteer at Moffitt Cancer Center.







Complete 6 to 12 credits. As a Provost’s Scholar, you’ll be able to apply your scholarship toward the cost of summer courses.

Participate in education abroad at one of USF’s more than 25 international study programs with up to $2,000 in additional scholarship money.

Start your career a full year ahead of your classmates.



Complete 15 to 18 credits. Engage in a research project with a faculty mentor and gain valuable experience in preparation for your career or an advanced degree program.

Complete 15 to 18 credits.

SPRING In addition to earning your 15 to 18 credits, you might participate in a wide range of internship opportunities throughout Tampa.

SPRING Complete 15 to 18 credits.

FALL Enter graduate or professional school (and use the remainder of your Bright Futures scholarship money).

As a Provost’s Scholar, you take top priority…literally.

From priority registration for your courses to financial support through scholarships to close access to faculty and staff mentors, as a Provost’s Scholar, you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits during your time at USF.

Access to Honors College Programs

Education Abroad

Because the Provost’s Scholars Program is housed in USF’s Honors College, you’ll benefit from access to seminars, lecture series and other specialized academic programming.

In preparation to engage an increasingly globalized world, Provost’s Scholars will be expected to participate in an education abroad experience. You may choose from any of USF’s more than 25 education abroad programs or select specially designed, issue-specific programs surrounding topics such as sustainability, public health and global diversity, to name a few. Provost’s Scholars will receive an education abroad scholarship of up to $2,000 to cover the expenses involved with international travel and lodging.

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Honors Living Learning Community

Faculty and community mentors


During your first two years as a Provost’s Scholar, you’ll reside in the Honors Living Learning Community, a close-knit, diverse and respectful community of approximately 300 students located in the newly constructed Juniper Hall. As a member of the Honors Living Learning Community, you’ll benefit from a wide range of special programs—like dinners with Honors faculty members and on-site tutoring services—all without leaving the building.

Provost’s Scholars will be paired with a mentor faculty member, an alumnus or industry leader in their field of study. As a result, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty and shadow successful professionals in the community, all while earning valuable hands-on experience.

As a Provost’s Scholar, you could be awarded scholarships ranging from $2,000 per year to full tuition. While these scholarship opportunities are usually only applicable to the costs associated with eight fall and spring semesters, Provost’s Scholars will be able to apply their scholarships to eight consecutive semesters, including two summer terms of study.* * In order to receive scholarship funds toward summer courses, you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours.

What will you do with an extra year of your life?

You might:

• Enter the workforce immediately and begin earning money a full year ahead of your classmates. • Enroll in one of the dozens of graduate programs at USF.*

• Engage in an intensive internship and gain meaningful, real-world experience before entering the job market. • Participate in an international service opportunity.

* If you are a Bright Futures recipient, you may be able to apply up to 14 hours of your Bright Futures award to your first semester of graduate study.

No matter which path you choose to pursue, one thing is certain: you will enter the next phase of your life a year ahead of the competition. What’s more, the savings you’ll experience as a result of foregoing a fourth year of tuition and housing expenses will enable you to graduate in a better financial position to begin the next chapter of your life.

What your extra year is really worth Florida resident

Out-of-state student

One year of tuition, living expenses, books and supplies


One year of tuition, living expenses, books and supplies


Sample starting salary


Sample starting salary


Total monetary gain


Total monetary gain


* Numbers based on cost of attendance totals for 2012-13

What you’ll need to become—and remain—a Provost’s Scholar:

• A high school GPA of 3.8 or higher in a rigorous core of academic coursework • minimum 1200 SAT Reasoning Score (Critical Reading and Math) or ACT composite score of 27. In addition, you’ll also need to present scores of no less than 500 on each of the Critical Reading, Writing and Math sections of the SAT, or 22 on each of the ACT Reading, English/Writing and Math sub-scores. • At least 18 college-level credits earned through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Credit or other acceleration methods. These credits will be evaluated for their applicability to your degree program.

For more information about admissions at USF, or to apply online, visit

Application Process Once you’ve applied and been offered admission to USF, if you meet basic criteria in terms of GPA and test scores, you will be invited to apply to the Provost’s Scholars Program. You will be asked to schedule an admissions interview with a Program advisor, preferably in person, to help determine whether or not you are a strong candidate for the Program. If you are admitted, you will be asked to come to campus during one of the earliest

Summer Orientation programs to meet with a special advisor to work out a complete, threeyear course of study. Once accepted in the Provost’s Scholars Program, you will need to successfully complete 15 to 18 credits in both the fall and spring semester, take appropriate summer semester coursework and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to remain a Provost’s Scholar.

You’re no stranger to challenge. We think you’ll do just fine.

USF at a glance Founded: 1956 Size: USF’s research campus sits on more than 1,700 acres in Tampa. USF System enrollment 2011-12: 47,214 students; 35,799 undergraduates USF Tampa enrollment 2011-12: 39,629 students; 29,310 undergraduates Student-to-faculty ratio: 28:1 Scholastic achievement of the freshman class (2011-12): Number of new freshmen: 3,576 Middle 50% high school GPA: 3.64-4.22 Middle 50% SAT: 1130-1290 Middle 50% ACT: 24-29 53 percent of freshmen were in the top 20 percent of their class. 20 National Merit Finalists 9 National Hispanic Finalists 1 National Achievement Finalist Athletics: Member of the BIG EAST Athletic Conference; 17 men’s and women’s varsity teams; 30 intramural sports Financial Aid: 36,413 students received an average financial aid package of $8,019 in 2010-11. Honors College 4202 East Fowler Avenue Tampa, Florida 33620-6900 T: (813) 974-3087 Email: Visit:




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