From the School

As Wisconsin's largest private university, Marquette University offers endless opportunities: the chance to live, study and play in the heart of a dynamic city; nationally known programs and powerhouse faculty; a Catholic, Jesuit tradition that emphasizes ethics and lifelong values. For more than 130 years, we have inspired students to Be The Difference in their professional and personal lives.

Our more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students come from almost all 50 states and 68 countries to create a vibrant, diverse, residential learning experience. They learn from professors who believe that there is such a thing as a student-centered university that conducts world-class research.

Our rigorous academic programs are recognized for challenging students to grow intellectually, socially and spiritually. Our demanding core curriculum is grounded in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. This liberal arts core, coupled with a student's academic major, provides the balance of knowledge a student will need to succeed as a professional and a person.

At Marquette, you'll have instant access to top-notch professors who win international awards and grants, publish influential works, and conduct cutting-edge research. And you won't just hear about that research. You'll have the chance to conduct it with faculty mentors, helping to advance your field while getting unrivaled experience.

You will have a diverse experience. As one of more than 8,000 undergraduates, you will meet students who look, think and act very much like you and more who don't. More than 90 percent of freshmen live on campus, so you're sure to find your niche in the Marquette family.

We'll ask you tough questions: "What do you believe in?" "What do you stand for?" "Why?" You will be challenged to lead a thoughtful, reflective life.

You will be encouraged to find God in all things. Through retreats, religious services, prayers and conversations within the university community, Marquette fosters an environment that nurtures spiritual growth for students of all faiths.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Marquette 82nd in the 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges" and is one of only 50 recognized in the "Best Value Schools” category. In other rankings, The Princeton Review named Marquette one of the country's "Best 376 Colleges" for 2012; the Fiske Guide to Colleges named it a "Best Buy School," one of only 49 in its 2012 edition; and Kiplinger's Personal Finance listed it among its "Best Values in Private Colleges for 2011–12." But Marquette is more than rankings. In 2010, the university was the 10th higher education institution bestowed the Changemaker Campus title by the Ashoka Institute, a leader in social entrepreneurship the practice of applying sustainable business models to solve social problems.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
560 - 650
ACT Composite
25 - 29


December 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

At the heart of all Marquette academic programs is the University Core of Common Studies. You'll take courses in nine knowledge areas designed to teach you how to examine, engage and evaluate the world: rhetoric, mathematical reasoning, individual and social behavior, diverse cultures, literature, history of cultures and societies, science and nature, human nature and ethics, and theology. These courses will teach you how to understand and be understood, to act responsibly, and to think for yourself.

Marquette is a direct-entry university, allowing you to begin studying your major right away. Because you can deepen your interest, knowledge and expertise early, you'll practice what you've learned through internships in and beyond Milwaukee. If you are undecided about a major, your academic adviser can help find the right fit for your passions and abilities.

Students Say

As a “Jesuit university that focuses on education and service,” Marquette University not only provides its students with a “commitment to academic excellence” but it also promotes “the notion of ‘cura personalis’—care for the whole person.” Located in downtown Milwaukee, the medium-sized Catholic institution “integrates community service, faith, faculty connections and education success in order for the whole person to succeed in their ideal future.” Students appreciate Marquette’s “small class sizes” and “seminar style courses” and note that “the students and faculty are genuinely friendly and help create a positive learning community.” One student observes, “The courses themselves are challenging enough that I’m not bored, but not so difficult that I’m languishing.” While the professors at Marquette may be “hit or miss,” the majority of them are “highly educated, mostly doctorate level and very much love teaching.” Students offer fair warning that “the professors here are great, but they make you work for your grade.” With its “abundance of resources” and “solid alumni network,” it is clear why one student raves, “Marquette focuses on the ‘big picture,’ and works extremely hard to better their students as people and prepare them for life after graduation.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Dr. Shital Chauhan, H Sci ’04, PT ’06
Co-founder and chief programs officer of Global Brigades

Diane Sykes, Law '84
Federal judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Darren Jackson, Bus Ad ’86
President and chief executive officer of Advance Auto Parts

Danny Pudi, Comm ’01
Actor on Community

Glenn “Doc” Rivers, Arts ’85
Coach of the LA Clippers

Ben Tracy, Comm ’98
Emmy Award-winning CBS News national correspondent

Peggy Troy, Nurs ’74
President and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital and Health Sy


From The School

Full-time tuition for 2012-13 is $32,810. Room and board averages about $10,420, depending on location and meal plan.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 5

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Marquette Merit Based aid is not based on need, but is used to cover need.
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

With about 250 student organizations vying for your time, you won't be bored at Marquette. And because most of our students spend their weekends on campus, there's plenty to do here and around the city. Our students also don't hesitate to get out into the community, and 90 percent of undergraduates participate in service through a wide range of programs, student organizations, service-learning classes and one-day projects.

Are you a sports fan? You're at the right place. Whether you're a big-time intercollegiate athlete or a die-hard spectator, Marquette offers a huge variety of opportunities, including 15 varsity teams that compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference, including men's and women's lacrosse beginning in fall 2012. If club and recreational sports are more your speed, we have about 50 coed, men's or women's clubs and intramural teams.

Students Say

Students at Marquette readily admit that the student population is “comprised primarily of Wisconsin and Chicago suburb students” who “went to a private (usually Catholic high school).” They explain that “while the campus population isn’t particularly diverse, as long as a student is willing to engage with others—whether it be in a study group, intramural sport, or student organization— they will fit right in” and that “there are also many organizations and groups for multicultural or diverse students.” Balance seems to be a key characteristic among students and the “typical Marquette students are like acrobats; they are able to find the perfect balance between studying, socializing, and serving.” When it comes to sporting the Marquette look, students often “wear a lot of North Face jackets and Ugg boots in the winter.” However, one student points out that “most people here rarely go to class in pajamas, so there is a bit of a higher level of professionalism here.” Students generally agree that their peers are “down to earth and easy to get along with” as well as “genuinely kind and caring in even the simple things such as holding the door for each other and smiling.” Students feel a strong sense of community and highlight that “it’s easy for a city campus to be divided, but at Marquette everyone is a friend, even if you don’t know them yet.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


52% female
48% male
66% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time


From The School

With a metro population of almost 1 million, Milwaukee has all the bonuses you'd expect from a big city like the arts, major-league sports, fantastic restaurants and shopping with fewer of the hassles. And right at the heart of the city is Marquette's 90-acre campus, giving you easy access to everything Milwaukee has to offer, including internships, service opportunities and social activities. Your Marquette education will extend from campus classrooms to the larger, more expansive classroom that is the city. It's a place where you can connect what you're learning with what you can do with it.

Students Say

Students at Marquette enjoy “mixing the typical college experience with life experience in a major market city.” They “spend a lot of time in downtown Milwaukee to go out to dinner, hit up the bars or go shopping down by the river.” One student attests, “Being in the beer capital of the US, many students enjoy going to the plethora of bars on campus or downtown…” Given that “people drink beer like it’s water at Marquette, and everybody pregames with liquor,” it is no surprise that some students feel that the school’s “new alcohol regulations feel very big-brotheresque” since they could be “slapped with huge fines for being caught.” There are also plenty of options for students who would prefer not to drink. Through Late Night Marquette, “which is something Marquette created to provide alternate activities to drinking on the weekends,” students can enjoy a variety of activities “such as comedy and hypnotist shows, game nights, scavenger hunts, dances, competitions, movies, and other entertainment.” Chances are good that most students will end up at a game at some point since “going to Marquette Basketball games is a school ritual” and “at many of the games the student section of 4,000 is filled to the top (and with a student population of 8,000, that’s a pretty big deal).”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Servies

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Karen Desotelle

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Golden Eagles)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Golden Eagles)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups: Gay-Straight Alliance (student group), LGBTQ and Allied Students Pastoral Group through Campus Ministry.

Minority Support Groups: The Center for Intercultural Engagement in the Division of Student Affairs, was established in 1972 as a focal point for the interaction and activities of students of color.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


Students who attend Marquette University will find opportunities to engage and support environmental sustainability throughout campus, from the classroom to their dorm room and everywhere in between. Sustainability has been integrated throughout the university’s curriculum, including an interdisciplinary minor in environmental ethics through the college of Arts and Sciences, an established chair in secure and renewable energy systems in the College of Engineering, and water law courses offered by Marquette Law School. Sustainability is also promoted through numerous student groups, including Students for an Environmentally Active Campus (SEAC). Students can also take advantage of alternative transportation as all full-time undergraduates receive a pass providing unlimited rides on Milwaukee County buses, and the university offers a car share program. Marquette has invested $7 million to improve its energy efficiency and water systems, reducing annual energy use by more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours and annual water consumption by about 13.5 million gallons. Meanwhile, excess steam from the local power company provides 90 percent of the heating on campus. The university also implemented single-stream recycling and has a 30 percent waste-diversion rate. Marquette University is also a member of the USGBC. In the past few years, Marquette has had two new buildings and a renovated building become LEED-certified and is currently seeking certification on two additional projects.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Discount educational pricing available with Apple, HP, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

June Smith
Visit Coordinator

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Milwaukee, WI 53233

(800) 222-6544

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Raynor Memorial Library and the Law
Gesu Church
Haggerty Museum of Art
Al McGuire Center
Helfaer Recreation Center
Other places of interest Alumni Memorial Union and the Golden Eagle giftshop. (Located in the AMU)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Santiago Calatrava addition, Milwaukee A
Milwaukee Public Museum
Lakefront and Mayer Festival Park
Miller Park
The Riverwalk
Milwaukee has many beaches on beautiful Lake Michigan. The Mayer Festival Park, located on the lakefront, is the home to Summerfest, one of the largest music fests in the country. Additionally, numerous ethnic festivals are held at the Park throughout the summer.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm; 9am-4:30pm
(800) 222-6544

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, on the hour
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Available to high school seniors only; -


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
General Mitchell International Airport is approximately 7 miles from campus. Taxis, limousines, rental cars, and buses run by the Milwaukee County Transit System are available for the ride from the airport to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve Milwaukee. Public bus service is available from all parts of the metropolitan area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The I-94/I-43 interchange frames the south and east border of campus. Exit to W. Wisconsin Ave., which passes through the campus. Note: The above interchange is undergoing reconstruction. For current information:

Local Accommodations
The Pfister Hotel (424 E. Wisconsin Avenue, 414-273-8222), 1.5 miles away, is a fun off-campus choice. Known as the oldest hotel in Wisconsin, this gorgeous Victorian is modern inside, with an indoor pool, exercise equipment, and 3 restaurants. The Hilton Milwaukee City Center (509 W. Wisconson Avenue, 414-271-1039) has been restored to its original 1920's grandeur while featuring state-of-the-art amenities and communications. Additional attractions include the Paradise Landing Indoor Water Park. The Holiday Inn (611 W. Wisconsin Avenue, 414-273-2950) is 6 blocks away and provides pleasant accommodations at extremely reasonable rates.
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