Honors Program in Madison, WI

The Honors Program at Edgewood College seeks to meet the academic needs and aspirations of highly motivated and capable students. We provide opportunities for intellectual and social development both in and out of the classroom. Honors students at Edgewood College don't just enroll in Honors courses. They are part of a learning community of like-minded students who share similar goals. As part of the Honors community, you will experience the love of learning with other peers who are enthusiastic and committed to learning. You will create lasting bonds with fellow Honors students who share motivation, aptitude, and interests. Additionally, our Honors program is very flexible and can be customized. You can develop your own individual Honors course experiences, and you will partner with a faculty member to complete an Honors Scholarship Project in an area of your choosing.

If you are seeking academic challenge beyond normal course offerings, you'll want to participate in the Honors Program. By participating, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Receive priority registration. 
  • Travel and participate in Honors-only activities paid for by the program. Recent examples include: A trip to the GLEAM art exhibit at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, lectures and cultural experiences at UW-Madison, an excursion to the Overture Center for the Arts, volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank, completing a "city as text" exploration of the Capitol Square.
  • Be recognized as a “Graduate of the Honors Program” on your diploma and by wearing of honors cords at commencement.
  • Get an edge on the future by developing your intellectual potential. 
  • Enhance your preparation for admission to graduate school or finding a job.

Requirements of the Honors Program

Honors students are required to take Honors courses and participate in certain extra-curricular activities. Several courses designated "Honors" are offered each semester according to a two-year rotation. These specially-designed and innovative courses fulfill the Foundations of Human Learning degree requirements. Students also participate in one event or activity each semester, such as a cultural event, a campus speaker, concert or film, or a field trip.

Participants in the program will:

  • Successfully complete an Honors course in one of the first two semesters at Edgewood College.

Additionally, to graduate as a member of the Honors Program, you must:

  • Complete a minimum of four Honors courses
  • Earn a minimum of six "Honors points" through participation in Honors-sponsored activities
  • Complete an Honors Scholarship Project during senior year
  • Maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA

New freshmen are placed into the program based on these requirements:

  • A minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 24.
  • Rank in the top 15% of high school graduating class.

Continuing and transfer students may apply to the program with:

  • An application that includes letters of recommendation from instructors who can assess the student's academic potential.
  • A GPA of at least 3.3.

Honors Program Contact Information

Students with interest in or questions about the Honors Program should fill out the form.