This is the first in a series of articles featuring some of USF’s special academic programs.
Apart from the typical majors and minors that all students declare, USF has a large number of special academic programs, programs that offer benefits such as guaranteed admittance to law school, a bachelors and masters degree in five years, and even exemption from final exams in some cases.
Despite the fact that many of these programs are openly advertised or featured on USF’s website, students seem to be largely unaware of their benefits. Other programs are intentionally kept under the radar by the departments that sponsor them.
The first program to be featured in this series is the Honors Cohort Program.
The Honors Cohort Program is part of USF’s School of Business and Management and is open to business students who have achieved junior standing, completed a number of prerequisite courses and earned a 3.5 minimum GPA. Students applying for this competitive program are also required to complete an interview with a faculty member and current HCP student.
Once in the program, students take the six upper division business core classes together. These classes are only open to HCP students. Mark Dondero, a junior in the program, said he enjoys his fellow cohort students. “The class discussions are usually pretty good because everyone there wants to be there,” he said. “It’s a great resume building and networking opportunity.”
Apart from taking classes together, HCP students also go on field trips and participate in group projects and activities. This year, HCP sent a team of students to compete in a sales competition at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
HCP students do more group work than is required in regular classes in the business school, said Dondero.
Another student in the program, Michelle “My” Nguyen, said she is very happy to be a part of the cohort. “It feels like a big family whenever we have class together,” she said.
Enrollment in HCP ranges from 18-24 students depending on the number of qualified applicants the program receives.