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  • Belong to a community of scholars dedicated to achieving excellence and developing the highest potential in themselves and others
  • Opportunity for independent, directed study through the Senior Honors Project
  • Eligibility for Honors Seminars Abroad
  • Enroll in an Honors Area of Emphasis
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in the Madison Honors Leadership Council
  • Opportunities to present research
  • Participate in state, regional, and national Honors societies
  • Access to Honors lounge and computer lab in Hillcrest House
  • Priority registration tool for crafting an individualized curriculum

To remain in good standing in the Honors Program, Honors students must adhere to the following conditions:

1. Maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Failure to meet this requirement will result in immediate probation for one semester. A student on probation will be dismissed from the program if the cumulative GPA does not return to 3.25 or above by the end of the probationary semester. In all cases, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 to graduate from the Honors Program.

Scholarships which require a student to maintain a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA and/or to be in good standing in the Honors Program may not be renewed for the second academic year, if applicable.

2. Take at least one Honors course, seminar, Honors Option, or Senior Honors Project course each semester until all Honors requirements are completed.

Failure to meet this requirement will result in being placed on immediate probation for that semester. Students who do not fulfill an Honors requirement for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the program. Students who are studying abroad, attending off-campus internships, or otherwise participating in a program off-campus, are exempt from this policy during that period only; they must inform the Honors Program in writing one semester prior to departure.

(This requirement does not apply to Track III students.)


Priority registration privileges will be revoked while on probation. Students on probation may still register for Honors courses to be taken in the following semester, although students whose probationary period ends in dismissal will not be allowed to enroll in these or other Honors courses. Students on probation are strongly encouraged to set up an appointment with the Honors Advisor.


A student who is unable to restore good standing in Honors after one semester on probation will be dismissed from the program. Students who have been dismissed from Honors may submit a 1-2 page Dismissal Appeal Letter which addresses the following:

  1. Explain the reasons for your dismissal from the Honors Program. Provide as much detail and context as possible as to why your grades are below the minimum or why you were unable to take Honors classes for multiple semesters. Develop ideas for how you can improve your academic performance this semester and beyond (ex. study habits; time management; extracurricular and social commitments; etc.) or how you will be able to complete the Honors curriculum before you graduate.
  2. If you were dismissed for low GPA, list your current classes and the grades you will need to make in order to reach the minimum 3.25 GPA this semester. You can use this GPA calculator for assistance: If your dismissal is for insufficient progress on Honors coursework, submit a curriculum plan that demonstrates that you will be able to finish the Honors curriculum by your expected graduation date.
  3. Discuss why you would like to continue in the Honors Program, how you think the program can help you reach your goals, and what traits and skills you possess that will enable you to produce a successful Senior Honors Project.

Submit the Dismissal Appeal Letter to the Honors Academic Advisor: A student whose appeal is accepted will be readmitted on probation. Failure to restore good standing after this probationary semester will result in dismissal from the program.

You may withdraw from the Honors Program at any time. Credits earned through the Honors Program will remain on your transcript. If you are unsure about your decision, please contact the Academic Advisor to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns.

If you wish to be removed from the program, we ask that you notify us of your decision. Please take a moment to complete the form below. Once the form is submitted, no further action is required.