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. Incoming first-year students in the UHP participate in Core Honors, an integrated, sequenced version of the University Core of Common Studies plus a sequence of Honors seminars. Among other opportunities, they are eligible for special Honors research funding. Upon entering Marquette, they have the option to join the Core Honors Living-learning Community. Core Honors is open to academically qualified first-year students in all of Marquette’s seven colleges — the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, Diederich College of Communication, College of Education, Opus College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences or College of Nursing.

In collaboration with departments and colleges, the UHP also offers a range of Honors in the Disciplines programs, in which students do Honors projects in their major fields. Students apply to these programs in sophomore or junior year, and prior participation in Core Honors is not required.  For more information on Honors in the Disciplines, students should consult the relevant department or program and the UHP Director. 

Eligibility and invitation to apply to Core Honors

Invitations to apply to Core Honors in the University Honors Program are extended to qualified prospective students after they have been admitted to Marquette, beginning in January of the year they will enter the university. 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.

Student studying on campus

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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