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Assisi Program for Discipleship & Leadership

Beginning Fall 2023

Become Who You are Called to Be

The Assisi Program for Discipleship and Leadership is a four-year formation program for undergraduate students. Through mentorship, community, academic study and co-curricular activity, this program will prepare students to live their Catholic faith authentically and joyfully, whatever their major or future career may be. A select cohort of students will be chosen each year to participate in the program. Through their personal transformation, they will become transformative leaders during and after their time at USF, witnessing to Christ in every part of their life.

Change the World

The world needs young people who are ready to live their faith in today’s world and are excited to share that faith with others. The world needs you. Receive the support you need to live the life God is calling you to and to transform the world for good.

“Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are.” -Pope St. John Paul II

The Assisi Experience

All students in the Assisi Program will complete a Catholic Leadership minor, and participate in a variety of deeply meaningful and spiritual experiences:

  • Annual Retreats
  • Active Sacramental Life
  • Community Housing in Residence Halls
  • Regular Program Gatherings
  • Spiritual Accompaniment
  • Leadership Workshops
  • Group Service Projects
  • Connections with Catholic Professionals
  • USF Student Leadership Roles


Admissions decisions are made in view of the whole picture provided through the application process. Ten first-year students will be selected for the Assisi Program each year. Students selected for the Assisi Program will be awarded a yearly scholarship to cover half the cost of Room and Board, which can be combined with other sources of financial aid.

Application Requirements:

  • High School Transcripts (Typically 3.25 GPA or greater)
  • Two References (High School Teacher and Pastor/Parish Leader)
  • Personal Narrative Essay
  • Interview

Applications for the Assisi Program will be available May 1, 2022.


Contact the Assisi Team:

Director of the Assisi Program
Dr. Alex Giltner, Assistant Professor of Theology

Assistant Director of the Assisi Program
Megan Quigley

Experiential Program with Integrated Cooperatives (EPIC)

A Signature Program of the Busse Business School

This selective program connects Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Risk Management and Insurance students to a PAID co-op, giving them two years of direct professional experience and mentorship in the field. You must qualify to participate in EPIC.

Dare to be EPIC!

You’ll grow from:

  • Two academic years of paid work experience
  • Credit toward your degree for the time you spend working in place of classroom- intensive work
  • An executive mentor who assists in the development of your business acumen, leadership skills, social skills, academic performance, and overall success

EPIC’s curriculum focuses on integrated, project-based learning. Courses include:

  • Introduction to EPIC
  • Project Management
  • Lean Enterprise
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Business Research Methods
  • Advanced Topics in Business


Contact Professor Liz Unger, EPIC Program Director
260-399-7700 ext. 8310

The John Duns Scotus Honors Program

Challenge Yourself, Inspire Others

The Honors Program at USF offers an intellectually challenging, yet highly rewarding experience for undergraduates of all disciplines. Appropriately named after John Duns Scotus, the Scottish theologian and philosopher who, along with St. Bonaventure, established the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, the Honors Program:

  • Blends academic rigor with community service
  • Models leadership and civic engagement
  • Forms a vibrant community of student and faculty scholars

Not to be confused with being on the Dean’s List or graduating “with honors,” the Honors Program is for students who want to take their USF experience to the ultimate level. Honors students work independently and strive for academic excellence.

The Honors program curriculum (link to academic plan) includes 11 credit hours from the
following courses:

  • Great Books Foundations I and II
  • Honors Seminar
  • Honors Capstone
  • Honors Independent Study
  • Plus 2 additional credits from the Independent Study or the Great Books Seminar

Honors students wear the Honors cord at commencement, and the accomplishment is noted on their transcripts. Admission to the Honors program is competitive.


Contact: Angie Springer