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TAKE YOUR FUTURE BY THE HORNS.

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 three-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. 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.

GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL

1 SUMMER 1) Make certain that you’ve completed at least 18 college credits before enrolling at USF. 2) Meet with your USF advisor to create an individualized comprehensive plan of study.

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, volunteer through CLCE or play intramural sports.


2

3

SUMMER

SUMMER

SUMMER

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

Study abroad through one of USF’s 25 international study programs with up to $2,000 in additional scholarship money.

Start your career a full year ahead of your classmates.

FALL 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.

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

FALL Complete 15 to 18 credits.

SPRING Complete 15 to 18 credits.

GRADUATE FROM USF

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


TO BE INVITED TO APPLY FOR THE PROVOST’S SCHOLARS PROGRAM YOU MUST HAVE:

• 3.8 HIGH SCHOOL GPA (CALCULATED BY THE OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS) • 1200 SAT (CRITICAL READING & MATH) WITH SUB-SCORES OF AT LEAST 500 IN READING, MATH, & WRITING OR 27 ACT (COMPOSITE) WITH SUB-SCORES OF AT LEAST 22 IN READING, ENGLISH/WRITING AND MATH • 18 EARNED COLLEGE-LEVEL CREDITS PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT AT USF Students who are invited to apply to the Provost’s Scholars Program are reviewed for eligibility based on the rigor of their high school curriculum, college credits earned, intended degree program and response to an application essay.


For more information about the Provost’s Scholars Program, please visit www.honors.usf.edu. To apply to USF today go to www.usf.edu/apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Once you are admitted to USF and have submitted your application to the Provost’s Scholars Program, your eligibility will be reviewed. You will be asked to schedule an admissions interview with the Program Director, preferably in person, to help determine whether or not you are a strong

candidate for the program. If you believe you meet these requirements and did not receive an invitation to apply, please contact the Honors College directly at contactus@ honors.usf.edu. 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, three-year course of study. Once accepted into 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.


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 a portion 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

$16,810*

One year of tuition, living expenses, books and supplies

$27,724*

Sample starting salary

$30,000

Sample starting salary

$30,000

Total monetary gain

$46,810

Total monetary gain

$57,724

* Numbers based on cost of attendance totals for 2014-15


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.

Learn more at honors.usf.edu/Provost_Scholars.html.


HONORS LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY

FACULTY AND COMMUNITY MENTORS

SCHOLARSHIPS

During your first year 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 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 - $5,000 per year. 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.


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USF System enrollment 2014 - 2015: 48,373 students; 35,863 undergraduates USF Tampa enrollment 2014 - 2015: 41,888 students; 30,324 undergraduates Student-to-faculty ratio: 24:1 Scholastic achievement of the 2014 - 2015 freshman class: Number of new freshmen: 4,216 Middle 50% high school GPA: 3.71-4.33 Middle 50% SAT: 1650-1930 Middle 50% ACT: 25-29 51 percent of freshmen were in the top 20 percent of their class. 8 National Merit Scholars 6 National Hispanic Scholars 7 National Achievement Scholars Financial Aid: 22,613 students received an average financial aid package of $11,438 in 2012 - 2013.

USF ranked 7th on Sierra Magazine’s annual “America’s Coolest Schools” in 2014. 102014


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