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Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Be the Difference


Marquette’s challenging curriculum and commitment to excellence in all things helps produce some of the most talented and successful graduates in the nation. But that’s just the beginning; Marquette works to develop in its students an intellectual curiosity that not only asks questions, but also demands right action. And this aligns with the university’s belief that the mind is nothing without the heart.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
8,143 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
47% male 53% female
67% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
630 full-time faculty
522 part-time faculty
14.6 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
94% of first year students live on campus
52% of all students live on campus

School Location

Milwaukee, WI

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

90% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

80% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Black or African American 4%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division I, BIG EAST Conference since 2005. 14 varsity sports (7 men’s; basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track; 7 women’s; basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball), 31 club sports and 20 intramurals.

Other Information

Founded in 1881, Marquette University is a four-year, liberal arts and doctoral-granting university affiliated with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) of the Catholic Church.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Advertising, Anthropology, Athletic Training, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Biophysics, Business Administration, Business Economics, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Classical Languages, Classical Studies, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Studies, Computational Mathematics, Computer Science, Criminology & Law Studies, Data Sciences, Digital Media, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Finance, French, German, History, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, International Affairs, International Business, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Marketing, Mathematics, Nursing, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Mechanical Engineering, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Physiological Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Welfare & Justice, Sociology, Spanish Language & Literature, Spanish for the Professions, Speech Pathology & Audiology, Theatre Arts, Theology, Women’s and Gender Studies.

More Distinctions

  • The Princeton Review recognized Marquette in the 2016 “Best 380 Colleges” publication. Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are recognized in the book.

  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance listed Marquette among its “Best Values in Private Colleges for 2014.”

  • Marquette University students act to bring about social justice, spending more than 100,000 hours per year in the effort.

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked Marquette in the top tier of the nation’s doctoral-granting universities.

  • Marquette is located in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of America’s ten greatest cities (ahead of Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles) on the “Hot Jobs/Cool Community” list released by Next Generation Consulting.


The university’s urban location provides numerous opportunities for volunteer service. Each year, Marquette students perform more than one hundred thousand hours of community service in such programs as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and the Senior Citizens’ Prom. Advertising and public relations students help create information campaigns for nonprofit organizations, and accounting students offer volunteer tax-preparation services. The university offers a service learning program in South Africa, in which students take classes and help community-based organizations to give voice to disadvantaged people. Nursing students take part in Marquette’s HIV/AIDS program in Africa.

Study Abroad

Marquette students participate in study-abroad programs on six continents, generally during their sophomore or junior year. For those students with language skills, Spain, France, and Mexico are particularly popular destinations. Ireland and Australia are common study-abroad locations for those seeking an English-language experience.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X
Yearbook X

Do More

  • Marquette’s Core of Common Studies requires students to choose eleven courses from nine different areas, including rhetoric, individual and social behavior, science and nature, literature and performing arts, and diverse cultures.
  • Marquette’s undergraduate business program has received national recognition, and for several years Marquette has been named one of the nation’s notable entrepreneurial universities.
  • Using their training in the real world, students from the college of engineering have completed a two-year bridge-building program in Guatemala.
  • Marquette offers several innovative interdisciplinary majors and minors, including African-American studies, applied mathematical economics, international affairs, and women’s studies.
  • Marquette faculty are known as leaders in research and writing, but also for providing hands-on guidance and advice to their students. The university’s focus on innovation as part of the classroom experience allows students to draw on faculty expertise and participate in lab experiences through the Innovation Campus, Strategic Innovation Fund and the Global Water Center.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Diverse Culture Requirement 

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 134 407 240 291 104 127 48 1351

Live It, Love It

Marquette is located on a ninety-acre campus in an urban setting. With unlimited use of public transportation, Marquette students find it easy to enjoy Milwaukee’s cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities. The Lake Michigan shoreline is just two miles from campus.

Residence Life

As it has expanded through the years, Marquette has absorbed several nearby buildings—a hospital, the downtown Milwaukee YMCA, and several hotels—and converted them into attractive residence halls. About 94 percent of students choose to live on campus or adjacent to it. Themed housing options include floors dedicated to engineering, nursing, leadership, and honors scholarship.

Clubs and Organizations

Marquette has about 290 student organizations offering cultural, athletic, intellectual, spiritual, and social activities of many different kinds. Through the years, Marquette has been a Division I basketball powerhouse. Marquette students have opportunities to attend numerous basketball games.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing X
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X


Other: Special housing options for honors students, engineering students, and nursing students 


Internships with companies and organizations in Milwaukee play a major role in many Marquette students’ educations. Marquette’s Les Aspin Center for Government began as a single student internship, and has since grown into one of the nation’s leading congressional internship programs. Sitting in the shadow of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, the Aspin Center provides living and classroom space for students interested in government. Students meet and discuss issues with officials from the Pentagon, the Department of State, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Participants have also worked in the White House, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Secret Service.


A Marquette education is designed to prepare students for their professions, and for life beyond their professions. Marquette’s career services department provides students with an extensive database of job listings and search engines, as well as online advice about interviewing, resumes, and networking. These services provide students and alumni with assistance in developing their career paths.

After Graduation

While many Marquette graduates stay in the Milwaukee area, working for multinational firms like GE Medical, the Miller Brewing Company, Harley-Davidson, or Northwestern Mutual, a substantial number of students begin their careers in Chicago; New York; Atlanta; Washington, DC; and Minneapolis-St. Paul. About one in three students continues on to graduate school.


Among Marquette’s many notable alumni are Chicago Sun-Times executive editor John Barron; Tony Award-winning actor Anthony Crivello; comedian Chris Farley; Patrick Eugene Haggerty, founder of Texas Instruments; Rudy Perpich, former governor of Minnesota; and Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade. Many others alumni contribute to their communities through their work in politics, medicine, scientific research, nursing, teaching, law, and literature.


Admissions Fall 2015

20,486 Total Applicants
15,202 Total Admissions
1,876 Total Freshmen Enrollment

74.21% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No
Priority date: Thursday, December 1, 2016

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Volunteer work

Class rank
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Racial/ethnic status
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 640
SAT Math 540 660
SAT Writing 510 640
SAT Essay 8 9
ACT Composite 24 30
ACT Math 24 29
ACT English 24 31
ACT Writing 8 9

Application Process

Marquette looks for students who are intellectually curious and seek a complete educational experience. We are also interested in students who have a strong desire to serve others.

Marquette recommends the following coursework for students seeking admission:

  • 4 years English
  • 2-3 years History and Social Science
  • 2-4 years Foreign Language
  • 2-4 years Mathematics
  • 2-3 years Science

All applications for admission must be submitted by December 1st of the student’s senior year.

Application Requirements for First Year Students:

  • Complete Application for Admission. Students may also apply online at:
  • $30 non-refundable application fee (waived for online applications)
  • Admission/Scholarship Recommendation to be completed by student’s high school guidance counselor.
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • ACT or SAT I results 


Net Price Calculator

Tuition $38,000
Fees $470
Total $38,470
Room and Board (on campus) $11,440
Estimated Total On Campus $50,380


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated

$26,123 First year students
$25,701 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

78% on average, the percentage of need that was met
26% of financial need students that had need fully met

$18,681 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$6,880 Average need-based loan