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

Study Abroad Scholarships Awarded
Congratulations to the following students who have received $1500 Honors Study-abroad Scholarships for 2019: Josh Anderson (Universidad del Salvador), Lizzie Roth (Physiotherapy Internship Program), and Emily Callahan (SIT Abroad, Kunming, Yunnan Province).

Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
The University Honors Program will offer 20 undergraduate summer research fellowships to Honors students, in the amount of $3500 each, on a competitive basis for research to be performed June-August 2019. Applications are due Friday, March 8 by 5 pm. For more information.

Prestigious Fellowship Workshop
Competitive fellowships and scholarships offer unique opportunities, both nationally and internationally, to expand your horizons and deepen your understanding. Across a variety of fields and disciplines, they fund undergraduate and graduate degrees and projects as well as summer fellowships and internships. For more information.

Jack Smedley accepted to University of Michigan's prestigious CERN REU Program
Jack Smedley, an Honors Physics student,  has been accepted at the University of Michigan’s prestigious CERN REU program for summer 2019. Congratulations Jack for admission to the most competitive REU program in particle physics.

"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 Academic Advising
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.

Honors Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 18
Ceremony and refreshments: 3-4 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union
Monaghan Ballroom, 3rd floor
Academic apparel will not be worn; no tickets required.

Honors Peer Mentor Program
Thanks to junior Hannah Hamwi’s leadership, Honors launches HPMP, the Honors Peer Mentor Program, on Feb. 25 with pizza and introductions. If you’d like to get involved, there’s still space.

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Info Session on Honors Summer Research
Honors Director Amelia Zurcher offered an info session and a workshop with the Ott Writing Center to walk interested students through the proposal-writing process. More information.

Honors Study-Abroad Scholarships for summer 2019 and fall 2019
The University Honors Program will be awarding study-abroad scholarships of $1500 each to three Honors students on Marquette-approved study-abroad programs of at least 4 weeks’ duration during summer 2019 or fall 2019. For more information on how to apply.

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.

    Meet the elected 2018-2019 Honors Program Student Advisory Board.