Marquette University

Marquette University is a mid-sized private Catholic Jesuit university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  With around 7,500 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students, Marquette provides a close-knit community vibe with all the amenities of a metropolitan city. 

Academics at Marquette University

Marquette has seven different undergraduate colleges, with strong programs in nursing, engineering and health sciences.  The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:13, and the largest class size is 30.  Over ninety percent of students who start as freshmen continue on the following year, which is a strong indication of Marquette University students being happy with their college choice. One in four students participates in faculty-led research projects. 

Marquette offers 31 Bachelor’s to Master’s programs – called Faster Masters, including Applied Data Analytics, Business Administration, Computer and Information Science, Criminal Justice Data Analytics, Data Science, and Neuroscience, among others.

Marquette is particularly renowned for its College of Health Sciences program, providing students with research and hands-on clinical opportunities through its three public-serving health clinics: the Neuro Recovery Clinic (one of only 13 in the country), the Physical Therapy Clinic, and the Speech and Hearing Clinic. The university’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked #20 nationally and boasts a 100% first-time pass rate on the licensure exam, with a 100% placement rate within six months of graduation.

Business and Engineering at Marquette University

Marquette’s College of Business Administration stands out with its state-of-the-art facilities and a 98% placement rate for graduates within six months of graduation. Students begin their business education in their first semester, and eighty-two percent of students participate in at least one internship.

Marquette’s Engineering program houses the fifth oldest co-op program in the country. Engineering majors can opt for a co-op year between their junior and senior years, earning $50,000-$60,000 while paying tuition for only eight academic semesters. 

Marquette University Student Life and Campus Experience

Marquette is seamlessly integrated with the city of Milwaukee, allowing students to experience the city’s cultural and professional opportunities within walking distance.  American Family Field stadium and the River Walk, a walking/jogging path, are just blocks away and Lake Michigan is just a mile and a half from campus.

Marquette fosters a culture of mentorship and engagement, supporting students from their “first day to their first destination.”  The Lemonis Center for Student Success provides wraparound services, including a Career Services Center, tutoring, academic coaching, mindfulness programs, and peer mentoring. The centralized Wellness and Helfaer Recreation facility combines fitness and recreation facilities with Marquette’s counseling center and medical clinic, supporting both physical and mental health in one convenient spot.

First- and second-year students are required to live on campus. Residence halls are typically apartment-style.  About  20% of students participate in Greek life.  Just over half of Marquette University students identify as Catholic. 

Marquette has 16 NCAA D1 sports teams (no football), but its basketball games are a highlight of the social calendar. From November to March, the games become a focal point of student life.

Marquette University Admissions 

Marquette admits 84% of applicants. Marquette admission officers note that they may not be highly selective in admissions, but the university delivers a highly transformative education.   Marquette reviews students holistically, and students may apply test-optionally for admission and merit scholarships.   

Students apply to one of seven undergraduate colleges, listing their first and second choice majors. Once admitted, transferring between colleges is generally straightforward, with the exception of the cohort-based, limited-enrollment Nursing program.

Marquette is a great university for students who value a close-knit, vibrant community with opportunities for hands-on learning, research, and access to a metropolitan city.  Magellan counselor Michelle visited for a few days in spring, 2024, and you can scroll through her photo album below.

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