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Marquette’s University Honors Program is designed for intellectually curious, academically engaged students who want to learn in a close-knit community of their peers at the heart of a vibrant research university. Its broadly based, interdisciplinary curriculum addresses our most pressing contemporary challenges with cutting-edge knowledge and research and the wisdom of centuries of Jesuit values and pedagogy. The University Honors Program offers an intense, individualized and experiential education by which students learn to become leaders — at Marquette and in their careers.

News and Events


All-Honors Welcome Picnic
Tues. 8/29, 5 – 7 pm
Rain date: Fri. 9/1, 5- 7 pm
Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors, bring your Honors friends and welcome the first-years to campus!

Orientation Welcome Reception for Families
Thurs. 8/24, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Orientation Welcome Reception in the University Honors Program office for parents and families of Honors students. After you say goodbye to your student, stop in on your way out to have some refreshments and meet Honors staff and families. Sensenbrenner Hall, 002.

Undergraduate Research Fellowships 2017: The UHP awarded 20 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships for summer 2017. More information

Honors Study Abroad Scholarships
Honors is very happy to announce that Cara Caputo, Emma Nitschke, and Olivia Ryan have won 2017-18 Honors study-abroad scholarships, Cara for museum studies at the University of London this summer, Emma for a full year in Lille, France, and Olivia for a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Leadership Awards
Congratulations to three Honors students for winning Student Leadership Awards from Student Affairs: Corinne Conway, for a Celebration and Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion Award, Christina Hochla, for a Wellness Award, and Mysti Johnson, for an Emerging Leader Award!

Spring 2017 Study-Abroad Scholarships
Congratulations to Tommy Messner, A&S 2019, and Kaley Rohlinger, COMM 2019, who are both studying at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan this semester.

Honors Students Study Tolkien's Collection
Did you know that Marquette University owns the original manuscripts for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings? William Fliss teaches a first-year seminar on the classic work and was recently interviewed by CBS 58 on Sunday Morning Spotlight regarding the original manuscripts of the famed English author. See the video clip.

Bee the Difference
Enterprising Honors senior Maggie Stang helped church leaders act on their dream by uniting two programs that are now enrolling a handful of meal program guests, affording them respect and responsibility along with an opportunity to learn the art and science of beekeeping.

Honors in the news: Marquette Journal

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Honors Junior Seminar: Mission to Mars
Honors juniors explored the possibility of safe human travel to Mars through a spring lecture series. Students researched rocket and habitat design, the effects of microgravity and radiation, and the context of human exploration.The seminar series ended with award-winning presentations.  

mission to mars

Pizza with Professors
Honors faculty and Honors students eat together and enjoy a night of pizza in the living-learning dining hall in Straz Tower.
Pizza with Profs

Honors Forum with Matt Hanson
Dr. Jenn Finn, History, teaches an honors seminar on Athletes through the Ages. Her class hosted professional athlete Matt Hanson, an Ironman triathlete and winner of the 2015 North American Ironman Championship.

Honors at the Haggerty Museum of Art
Honors students in HOPR 1953 Real Fine Art: An In-Depth Look at Milwaukee Visual Arts get hands-on experience with the museum's newest exhibit "Series on Resurrection in Nature."

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Quick links


    University Honors Program
    Sensenbrenner Hall 002
    P.O. Box 1881
    1103 W. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53233
    (414) 288-7516
    University Honors Program

    Dr. Amelia Zurcher
    Director, University Honors Program
    (414) 288-3475

    Maria Cooper
    Assistant Director, University Honors Program
    (414) 288-7517


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Honors graduates

Where are they now?

Student on campus

Honors in the news

Marquette Journal, December issue