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The USF Honors College is located in Tampa FL, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, one that provides numerous intellectual, cultural, recreational, and social resources. The Honors College provides an exciting experience and a productive learning environment that combines the advantages of a small, highly personalized college with the resources of a large research institution. Outside the classroom, our vibrant Tampa Bay community offers an array of internship and volunteer opportunities.

The Honors College at the University of South Florida is for motivated students, regardless of major. The Honors College program emphasizes the development of thinking, reasoning, analytic and writing skills, which you can apply to an individual research project or original creative work. The Honors College curriculum replaces a significant portion of the University's Foundations of Knowledge requirements, so participating in Honors will not generally increase your workload.

Benefits of participating in the Honors College include:

  • Small classes that encourage interaction among students and USF's top faculty
  • Personal advising by faculty and staff who are committed to your success
  • On-campus opportunities to work with faculty who are doing cutting-edge research
  • The chance to broaden your horizons through international study or participating in honors conferences across the country.
  • Effective for all Honors College students with at least a 3.0 overall and USF GPA, registration on the first day each semester.

Honors College students receive an Honors distinction on transcripts and diplomas as well as special recognition at graduation. Your Honors experience will be an invaluable advantage as you pursue postgraduate work and face career choices and challenges. Graduate and professional schools and employers recognize students who have gone the extra mile.

One of our recent Honors College graduates, a Business Management major, expressed our goals very well when he said:

The combination of class lecture, participation, and research provided a potent mix for an ideal learning environment and academic rigor that stimulates and fosters intellect, creativity, and innovation.

Alexandra, one of our recent graduates, wrote:

My fondest memory of the Honors College is not one moment, but a culmination of moments, that created the support I have felt throughout my time at the Honors College. It is a feeling that is testament to the dedication of the Honors College to its students, and that allows me to move forward confident that the support I have found here will continue with me ...[t]here was always someone at the Honors College who was ready to be the sounding board and confidant, the mentor and colleague, which every student needs. Most importantly, they were the supportive hand that said, 'I believe in you, you can do it!' when traditional voices of encouragement fell silent. This emotion of genuine and sincere gratitude for support when I needed it the most is my fondest memory of my Honors experience.

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Today!Inmaculada de Melo-Martin: William H. Scheuerle Distinguished Humanities Graduate Award. The Ethics of Sex Selection
Thu 10/23Shakespeare Movie Night
Sat 10/25Volunteering with HCSC: Quantum Leap Farm
Mon 10/27Gilbert King: Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America.
Wed 10/29Conversation Series: Cure and Prevention presented by Busch Gardens
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Noor Shakfeh '15 published in the American Society for Microbiology's "Cultures" periodical

Published: 9/10/2014
By: Mr. Arnaldo Mejias

Titled "Happening Now: Syria," Shakfeh discusses the situation in Syria and offers advice to readers.


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