Kathleen High is the first Polk County high school to partner with the University of South Florida for a “guaranteed admissions” program.
The initiative is designed to help USF produce “a well-educated and skilled diverse student body” and recruit the “best and brightest students from underserved populations,” according to university officials.
Kathleen High students who meet certain criteria — a 3.7 recalculated GPA with a 1100 SAT or 22 ACT — will receive guaranteed acceptance to any USF campus, and will also be given priority consideration for the History of Achievement Scholarship.
USF created the Guaranteed Admissions Pathway in 2019-20 — selecting nine schools in the Tampa Bay area — and is expanding it to Polk and three other counties this year. Schools were chosen based on Title 1 status, percentage of minority and economically disadvantaged students, and previous college and career counselor engagement with USF’s Office of Admissions.
“Thank you to our partners at the University of South Florida and our counselors at Kathleen High for showing what can be achieved through coordination, cooperation and collaboration,” said Monique Byrd, PCPS’ college and career specialist. “I am so excited for KHS students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to reach higher!”