About Marquette University

Founded in 1881, Marquette University. is a Private college. Located in Wisconsin, which is a city setting in Wisconsin, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 8,238 full time undergraduate students, and 3,056 full time graduate students.

The Marquette University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 648 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Marquette University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate84%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range1040-1270
ACT Range24-29

Admissions at MU are considered Less Selective, with ,99% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 15 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

94% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 67% were in the top quarter, and 38% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Marquette University.

6%
“We”re apathetic”
25%
“We know about current events and vote”
61%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
7%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
18%
“Sometimes, but not often”
65%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
22%
“I only go out in groups”
56%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
19%
“I feel extremely safe”
7%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
25%
“We bought the gear”
68%
“We live for the big game”
13%
“It”s not really our thing”
38%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
47%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
1%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
43%
“They keep regular office hours”
51%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
50%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
44%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
12%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
54%
“We only party on weekends”
31%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
9%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
61%
“There might be people who do”
30%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
6%
“We”re apathetic”
25%
“We know about current events and vote”
61%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
7%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
18%
“Sometimes, but not often”
65%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
22%
“I only go out in groups”
56%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
19%
“I feel extremely safe”
7%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
25%
“We bought the gear”
68%
“We live for the big game”
13%
“It”s not really our thing”
38%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
47%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
1%
“We”re a very artistic group”
1%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
43%
“They keep regular office hours”
51%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
50%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
44%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
12%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
54%
“We only party on weekends”
31%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
9%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
61%
“There might be people who do”
30%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Marquette University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    233 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    198 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    241 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    244 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    244 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    244 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    246 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    244 Students rated academics 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Marquette University?

64 Students rated Marquette University

Sam

Within weeks of becoming a part of the Marquette community, I felt like I was at home. I love the environment and the friends I've made. There is so much to do for anyone who has a passion.

Natalia

Marquette University is not just a school. It is a home, an amazing opportunity, and a place where amazing memories are formed. You will be supported by faculty, students, and even city residents. Everyone does anything in their power to ensure the students succeed and lead the lives they envision. The classes may be difficult but they are practical, interesting, and are built to reflect the real world. Marquette offers many options to the students to ensure they do well and succeed in their careers and classes. I could not imagine a better place to call my home.

Sloane

When I first visited Marquette, I wasn't sure I'd like it, but since I have been here, I found that I really love it. I'm glad I made my decision to go to Marquette- it's a great school with a gorgeous campus and I've made so many good friends and met awesome classmates already and I've only been here a year!

Erin

I absolutely love Marquette. The campus is amazing and the professors are brilliant. It's a great atmosphere and I couldn't imagine going to school anywhere else. We are Marquette!

Marquette University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Marquette University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Marquette University is 84%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The intangibles are really what matter. The atmosphere of the school, whether people smile at you, how you feel on the campus, and other things like this are really what should make the choice for you. I should have done a bit more soul searching before dragging my parents on trips across the Midwest looking at a hugely diverse amount of schools. Small schools, big schools, small town schools, city schools, etc. This was slightly a waste of time. While it did help me to understand what I was really looking for, I think I already knew that I wanted a small to mid-sized school not in a rural area. If I could have narrowed that down before trekking across America I think I would have seen more schools I was really interested in. The most important advice I can give is don't make an opinion about your school until after the first semester. If people ask, reserve judgement. The transition is difficult and it is incredibly important to keep an open mind. It will make all four years much better.

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  3. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    The above answer, wish it was a little more real-friendly instead of superficial-friendly

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Hard-working, hard-partying, generally caring people.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The school puts a lot of pressure to do well on the students.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Marquette University is an outstanding school `with excellent programs and professors for every major and limitless resources to help students gain experience and opportunities for their major.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The downtown atmosphere gives Marquette's Jesuit Catholic structure a bit of edge. The University is a haven in the middle of the city, which elucidates the diversity that Milwaukee and Marquette have to offer.

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  8. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Marquette is the perfect size. It is a small college pretending to be a big one. Meaning that we have big sports and a big reputation but the size of the student population as well as the campus is not overwhelming. Also the layout of MU's campus is brilliant and made for ease. All the academic buildings are on one side of the campus, the administrative/campus-owned housing is on the other and further back is the upperclassmen off-campus living.

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  9. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about Marquette is the difficulty of transportation. The only reasonable way to get around Milwaukee is by bus, and the bus system is complicated and even a little frightening.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I actually was thinking about going out of state first to Syracuse in New York. But then I realized why would I want to go out of state when I have such an incredible school right here in my own city. I felt that I fit right in when I took a tour of the university. I like it that it's not an isolated university. You get the whole university experience, along with the big city experience. And just the fact that it's here in my home city makes it a lot better.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Marquette is known for being a university with smart kids who work hard at obtaining a good education, but at the same time are not afraid to party or have a good time. Marquette's current students and alumni are well known for overflowing with school spirit. Being Jesuit, Marquette's goal is to educate help it's students become well-rounded individuals.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is dedicated to their studies, determined to do their best and

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    In my opinion, I think a person who is not ready for a challenge should not attend Marquette. Marquette is a school that challenges you both inside and outside of the classroom. So if a person is not ready to push themselves to achieve things that they may or may not have thought possible, then Marquette is not the right place for him or her.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    I love the well-rounded education that students receive with a focus on ethics and social justice. Marquette focuses on preparing the student for life after college and the ability to know and defend the morals and values that are important to you. Students develop great critical thinking skills as well as the ability to work in small groups, all skills which are important to any job one takes after college. The core curriculum requires students to take so many philosophy courses, theology courses and diverse cultures courses. At first I was terrified of Theology and Philosophy. These have been some of my favorite courses at Marquette because they really challenge more than your academic understanding of the subjects, but make you think about your own belief system. Theology isn't just about the Christian faith but out all religious experiences, so it is nothing to be afriad of. The Diverse Cultures courses offer a wide variety of options that allow you to learn more about the outside world. I have had awesome experiences with professors on campus. I would say 99% of my professors knew/know my name. I have professors from Freshman year that still stop me to ask how I'm doing or that I'll go sit and chat with to catch up. They are great at engaging the classroom and really making you think outside the box. They also offer a lot of availability outside of the classroom, in office hours or through other forms of contact if you ever need help. I also am a big fan of my advisor who is a faculty member and very helpful with whatever questions I have. Our student body isn't really competitve like you might find at some ivy league schools. Its more about challenging yourself than competing with the others around you. I think this is great and makes academics much less stressful. I have so many classes that I've loved at Marquette. I would say my favorite right now is my Conceptualizing Justice and Peace course. Its a Tuesday evening course which at first wasn't ideal, but I actually really like that time now because every week we trade off who brings dinner for the class. There's six of us and class focuses a lot on contemporary issues and discussion. We've had several guest lecturers that are important figures in the themes of the class and invoke wonderful discussion. My least favorite class was astronomy. I definitely misunderstood what astronomy was when I signed up for this one and was not prepared as a first semester Freshman. Another really unique class I've taken is a biology course for non-biology majors. Its called Pathogens, Plants and People and focuses a lot on contemporary issues in the environment and other topics that are actually useful for us in everyday life. The professor was amazing and really cared about the subject she was teaching.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The two best things about Marquette are the abundance of things to get involved in and the campus itself. Marquette has so many campus programming activities and student organizations that it's incredibly easy to find something to do or find ways to meet new people, whether it's a social activity, a service project, an organization, or something like MUTV. I never ran out of things to do. The campus is just big enough that it feels like a real campus rather than a couple of buildings, and just small enough that it's no more than 12 minutes from one end of campus (Straz) to the other (Mashuda). Its location gives us great access to the bus system (an unlimited city bus pass for each semester is included in your tuition) and thus the rest of the Milwaukee area. You can bus, walk, or run downtown or to Lake Michigan. The downtown location also gives us amazing community service opportunities you can't get in a smaller town.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    They're preppy rich Catholic students.

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    There are a lot of us, but we don't dominate the campus. And...there are A LOT of Chicago suburbs. So we're not all the same. :)

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  18. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Work hard and play hard. That's what we do. Find a niche that makes you happy, and friends that make you a better person. Clubs, volunteering, partying, late night study groups at "Club Raynor" (the library), we do it all.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Having grown up in a suburb of Milwaukee, where Marquette is located, I was well aware of the many stereotypes at MU. First and perhaps most noticeably, is the "midwestern-ness" of Marquette. An overwhelming amount of students are from the state of Wisconsin, the Chicago area, and other midwestern states. However, it has been seen even since I enrolled in 2008 that it has become a destination school for students across the nation. Being a private school, MU is typically seen as a "snobby, Catholic school." While it is more expensive than many state schools, MU has been rated as a top school and ranked highly for its reasonable tuition. While the school does emphasize a Catholic, and especially Jesuit tradition, MU is very accepted of different backgrounds. While Marquette is not perhaps the most diverse or liberal school, it is definitely a great instution that is constantly trying to evolve and improve itself.

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  20. What's the dating scene like?

    How different is dating at a Catholic University? This video gives you a glimpse into the dating scene at Marquette. Dating isn't that different at MU. When you're a lower class men you tend to live in more of a hook up culture. As you get older more people focus on relationships. There are some ideas for date spots and popular spots to meet people on campus.

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  21. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Our basketball team has made it to the sweet 16 pretty consistently for the past 30 years or so. Being a D1 school, it brings a lot of the excitement out in the student body. I personally am not the hugest fan of basketball, but the games are where everyone goes on the weekends. We play a number of great schools since we are in the Big East division (even if some of them are leaving). What most people who don't go to Marquette know is that our soccer team has an even better record than our basketball team and our women's volleyball was in the final game for the national title. Both our men's and women's soccer teams were in the finals for the national title this year as well. All of the home games except for basketball are played right here on campus. Basketball games occur down at the Bradley Center, where the Milwaukee Bucks play. Marquette University is also in a transition year for lacrosse and starting in 2013, there will be a D1 lacrosse team, and in 2014 the team will play in the Big East.

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Student Body

Students

54%

female

46%

male

8,238

Total Undergrad Enrollment

3,056

Total Grad Students

69%

Out-Of-State

29%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

250

Student Organizations

15

Fraternities

14

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

40%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
6%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
11%
% White or Caucasian
71%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Marquette University receive some sort of financial aid. 18% were awarded federal grants. While 49% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$38,470

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,008

Books and Supplies

$11,440

Room and Board

50,918

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$18,674
$30 - $48K
$21,355
$48 - $75K
$26,781
$75 - $110K
$31,178
$110K & UP
$35,974

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