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.

The UHP offers two ways to participate in Honors: Core Honors, in which students follow an Honors version of the Marquette Core Curriculum throughout their undergraduate career; and Disciplinary Honors, in which students do Honors work in their majors.  Students may participate in either program or both.  Core Honors is open only to eligible incoming first-year students, who receive invitations to apply before matriculation; students apply to Disciplinary Honors programs in their sophomore year. Core Honors offers an Honors Living-Learning Community in Straz Tower for first-years and sophomores. For more information on both programs, please browse our website or contact us!

News and Events

Honors Research Presentations
Sensenbrenner Hall Atriums
Thurs. Nov. 15, 4:30-6 pm
The University Honors Program offers undergraduate summer research fellowships on a competitive basis. We are delighted to announce the presenters of the 2018 Honors Research Symposium. Students will prepare posters and be available to answer questions on the nature of their projects. Refreshments will be served.

"Black Lens" film series at Milwaukee Film Festival highlights black culture
Donte McFadden of Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program team-teaches the junior honors seminar #blacklivesmatter. He was recently featured on CBS 58 Sunday Morning for his work as co-founder of Black Lens an important extension of the Milwaukee Film Festival.

Honors Study-Abroad Scholarships 2019
The University Honors Program will be awarding study-abroad scholarships of $1500 each to two Core Honors students on Marquette-approved study-abroad programs of at least 4 weeks’ duration during spring semester 2019.

Congratulations to the newly elected 2018-2019 Honors Program Student Advisory Board.


Honors Student Christina Curtis: what it feels like to be at 13%
The Marquette Journal follows her back to campus after a lung transplant and bronchiolitis obliterans.

  • Honors Students Explore the Reality of a  Mission to Mars
    Milwaukee’s CBS 58 Sunday Morning visits the Honors Program capstone seminar (HOPR 3957H) to learn about what a Mars mission would actually entail.
  • Honors Academic Advising Sessions
    Dr. Karalee Surface is the Honors Academic Advisor and is available August through May of the academic calendar year. To schedule an appointment or to sign up for an academic advising session, please see the academic advising page.

    Study Abroad Scholarships Awarded
    Congratulations to Lindsey Clark (South Africa Service Learning), Theresa Welebob (Community Nursing in Peru), and Kelsie Lamb (Education in the Americas, in Peru), who have each won an Honors Study-abroad Scholarship for 2018! Anusha Das (Encuentro Dominicano) is first alternate.