Honors at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus


At the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, opportunities abound for motivated and dedicated students to develop highly personalized academic experiences on this small, tight-knit campus. Located directly on Sarasota Bay and less than a mile from the Ringling Museum of Art, there are occasions for outdoor exploration, cultural adventures, as well as innovation in the classroom at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Students accepted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College will receive the benefits of academic and study abroad scholarships, priority registration, small class sizes, and personalized academic advising, as well as a variety of opportunities to learn and grow both inside the College and throughout the community. Every honors student is paired with a mentor that can support their academic, personal, and professional growth.


Prospective students can join the Judy Genshaft Honors College through one of three different admission processes:

Regardless of where you are in your academic journey, we invite you to consider how the Judy Genshaft Honors College can enhance your college experience.

Academic Program

The Honors curriculum is designed to complement students’ chosen major with a series of courses and outside of class experiences that add depth and breadth to the academic experience. Students will take four or six Honors courses, depending on their admit type, along with two experiential learning activities of their choice.

Honors courses bring an interdisciplinary approach to a specific topic area that is relevant to the world around us. Students are invited to explore interests beyond their major, as well as consider how their developing disciplinary expertise can add to broader conversations beyond their own field. The best way to get a sense of what this looks like in action is to peruse our current course offerings.

Connect with Us

Cayla Lanier

Dr. Cayla Lanier
Assistant Dean

Dr. Cayla Lanier leads the expansion of the Judy Genshaft Honors College to USF’s Sarasota-Manatee campus. She has a passion for connecting with students to help them discover their potential, refine their goals, and pursue their purpose. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing, with Honors College distinction, here at the University of South Florida, and Master of Arts degree in marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her doctorate in USF's Communication department, completing a dissertation related to storytelling and sensemaking amongst Honors College students about their transition to college and identity as honors students. Her favorite thing in life is good conversation over hot coffee and cookies.

Schedule a Visit

Students interested in the Sarasota-Manatee campus are encouraged to register for a general tour of the campus.

Students are also able to schedule a meet and greet with Dr. Lanier by registering for an Honors tour.

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