Prospective Students

We welcome your interest in the University Honors Program! Our broadly based, interdisciplinary curriculum addresses contemporary challenges with cutting-edge knowledge and research and the wisdom of centuries of Jesuit values and pedagogy. Honors offers an intense, individualized and experiential education by which students learn to become leaders — at Marquette and in their careers.

The UHP offers two distinct Honors programs: 

  • Core Honors, open to students in all of Marquette’s undergraduate Colleges, in which students follow an Honors version of the Marquette Core Curriculum throughout their undergraduate career. Core Honors accepts only incoming first-year students, and offers an optional Honors Living-Learning Community for first-years and sophomores in Straz Tower.
  • Disciplinary Honors, open to certain majors, in which students do Honors work in their primary field of study. Students usually apply to Disciplinary Honors programs in their sophomore year.

Eligible students may do participate in either program, or both; students who complete both Core and Disciplinary Honors earn Comprehensive Honors at graduation. Core Honors students who wish to earn Comprehensive Honors and whose majors do not offer Disciplinary Honors may do an Honors Project instead. Students in both programs are eligible for Honors summer research funding and Honors study-abroad scholarships. 

Core Honors: eligibility and invitation to apply

Invitations to apply to Core Honors in the University Honors Program are extended to qualified students after they have been admitted to Marquette. Invitations to apply are based on a holistic review of students’ applications to Marquette, with emphasis on rigor of high school curriculum, grade point average, class rank and standardized test scores. Review of applications continues on a rolling basis throughout the year as space in the program permits.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the University Honors Program for additional information.