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

Sign up for advising appointments with your Honors Academic Advisor
Dr. Karalee Surface
Advising calendar

Honors Orientation Events
Honors students in the Honors Living-Learning Community moved in to Straz Tower on Wed., 8/21 and gathered for two days of academic orientation and events that included visits to the Haggerty Museum of Art, the Urban Ecology Center, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.honors orientation

Congratulations to University Honors Program Class of 2019 Award Winners

MU4Gold: Mentoring Exceptionally Able Students and Promoting a Culture of Research on Campus

Meet the newly elected Honors Program Student Advisory Board
Congratulations to co-presidents Keeley Hayden and Alissa Wuorinen; Secretary Lauren Karls; Treasurer Devin McCowan; and Social Chair Claire Stanley on their election to the HPSAB e-board for 2019-20. 

Summer Research Awards Announced
The University Honors Program has awarded 21 undergraduate summer research fellowships to Honors students. For more information.

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).

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-taught 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, an organization that will be sponsoring the Minority Health Film Festival Sept. 12-15, 2019. 

Alumni News

Honors Study-Abroad Awards for
spring 2020
The University Honors Program will be awarding study-abroad awards of $1500 each to two Honors students on Marquette-approved study-abroad programs of at least 4 weeks’ duration during spring semester 2020. How to apply.

All Honors Welcome Picnic
Honors students gathered for a picnic dinner during the first week of classes. Current students welcomed first-years and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk about the Honors experience at Marquette.
honors picnic

Prestigious Fellowship Workshop
Tues.Sept. 24th
7-8:30 pm
Todd Wehr 121
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.

Welcome Honors First-Years!
This fall 2019, the University Honors Program welcomes 214 incoming Honors students from all seven colleges on campus. Best of luck with the fall semester!

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

mentor event

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 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.