For Prospective Students

Welcome to the College of Letters and Science Honors Program.

We are delighted that you are considering attending UW Madison and participating in Honors within the College of Letters and Science. The Honors Program has approximately 1200 students, or about 7.5% of the College’s total enrollment. Our goal is to combine the best of a small-college experience with access to world-renowned professors. Each spring, approximately 200 students graduate with Honors, and 40 earn Comprehensive Honors, completing both Honors in the Liberal Arts and Honors in the Major.

Our Honors students have access to excellent academic advising, many small classes or discussions led by faculty, and opportunities for research and leadership. While we are here to help you reach your goals, we also count on you to take initiative to seek advising, to meet faculty and to learn more about yourself and what path best fits your interests. Many Honors students go on to advanced degrees in academic fields or in law or medicine, and many become outstanding scholars and leaders. UW Honors alumni are professors here and at other colleges. Other alumni have served in the U.S. House and Senate or have major administrative roles in nonprofit organizations and corporations.

L&S Honors students are not merely smart and creative; they also care about their communities, their university and their world. We hope that you will be among those who make a difference in the world. We know that you have the talent and the potential to be a leader, and it is our goal to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to be an agent of change for a better tomorrow. We hope you will help make our world a better place by challenging yourself intellectually, creatively and culturally!

Thinking about Honors?

A few things to consider before applying to the L&S Honors Program

Benefits of the Honors Program: Why Join?

“10 Qualities of a Liberally Educated Person,” by Professor William Cronon

Listen to podcasts from past Honors students