Considering grad school? USF Sarasota-Manatee to hold info session

Selby Auditorium

Selby Auditorium

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty, alumni and admissions officials are teaming up to offer an information session aimed at folks considering graduate school.

Prospective students are invited to ask about requirements for enrollment, programs, costs, even about specific classes in this engaging two-hour “Master’s Degree Information Session” set for Saturday at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The session starts at 9 a.m. at the Selby Auditorium. Refreshments and campus tours will be offered.

Dr. G. Pat Wilson, interim dean of the College of Education, and Dr. James Curran, interim dean for the College of Business and College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, will available for questions about academic programs and classes.

Additionally, three alumni – Kelly Westover, an environmental manager at Sarasota County; Charlie Thorpe, a captain in the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office; and Joshua Bennett, principal at the William H. Bashaw Elementary School in Manatee County – will host a discussion about their USFSM experiences.

Westover, for example, returned to college in 2008 after earning a bachelor’s degree at USF Tampa. She won acceptance to USF Sarasota-Manatee and earned an MBA in 2 ½ years attending Saturday classes.

USFSM’s College of Business is specially accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs.

Also, this past year USFSM’s College of Education was awarded a special additional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the nation’s foremost accrediting organization for teacher instruction.

Staff from Admissions, Academic Advising and Financial Aid will be available to answer questions about tuition, loans and grants. For more information, contact Sean Grosso at (941) 359-4264 or

To attend the two-hour session, please register at