Marquette University

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PO Box 1881

Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Phone: (414) 288-7250
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Dec. 1
application deadline

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#75 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. National Universities

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Marquette University is a private institution that was founded in 1881. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,293, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 98 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Marquette University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 75. Its tuition and fees are $34,640 (2013-14).

Marquette University, a private Catholic, Jesuit school, is in walking distance of downtown Milwaukee, a burgeoning city known for its restaurants, zoo, and athletics. The Marquette Golden Eagles are members of the NCAA Division I Big East Conference and are especially competitive in basketball. The men’s basketball team plays in the Bradley Center, which is also home to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. There is no varsity football team, but enthusiasts of the sport can play at the club and intramural levels. (Snow football is an intramural sport at Marquette, too.) Other unique sports options include coed club waterskiing and wakeboarding and intramural innertube water polo. Students have about 250 clubs and organizations to get involved in, and about 10 percent of the student body takes part in the Greek system, which includes more than 20 fraternities and sororities. To kick off each spring semester, the university holds the Winter Flurry, a week of games and activities that culminates in a semiformal dance known as Snowball. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, unless they reside locally with a family member or guardian. Lake Michigan is a mile from campus, and students can travel on Milwaukee County Transit System buses for free with school ID.

Marquette has more than 20 academic centers and institutes on campus, including the Thermofluid Science and Energy Research Center and National Sports Law Institute. The Les Aspin Center for Government, located on  Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., sends students to study and intern in the nation’s capital for a semester. Notable alumni include Gail Collins, a New York Times columnist; Patrick Eugene Haggerty, cofounder of Texas Instruments; and Chris Farley, an actor who starred on Saturday Night Live and in Tommy Boy. (In that film, Farley’s character, Tommy Callahan, is also a Marquette graduate.)

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

As Wisconsin's largest private university, Marquette offers endless opportunities: the chance to live, study and play in the heart of a dynamic city; nationally known programs and powerhouse faculty; and a Catholic and 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. More than 11,000 students come from almost all 50 states and 68 countries to explore options ranging from intense undergraduate studies to specialized graduate and professional programs. The University Core of Common Studies is the intellectual heart of a Marquette undergraduate education, built on our Jesuit tradition and designed for successful life in the 21st century. Based on this foundation in nine essential knowledge areas, students can take advantage of dozens of majors offered through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing and Professional Studies. At the graduate level, Marquette has Wisconsin's only dental school, as well as a nationally ranked Law School, Graduate School and Graduate School of Management. Marquette's location just west of downtown Milwaukee provides easy access to internship and job opportunities with government agencies, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit institutions. Students can also take advantage of entertainment venues ranging from the Lake Michigan shoreline to the performing arts, ethnic and fine dining, professional sports, and an active nightlife.
But your education doesn't need to be limited to Milwaukee. Each year, many Marquette students grab their passports, pack their bags and head off to distant lands to study for a few weeks, a semester or a year. Marquette offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities on every continent but Antarctica. And if you want to go there, we can probably arrange something for you. If you prefer to stay in the states, Marquette's Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C., is one of the country's top legislative internship programs. For a semester or a summer, you can live, learn and work on Capitol Hill. Take an active role in the legislative process while you work as an intern or aide in the House of Representatives, the Senate or various federal agencies. You'll also take special courses and meet with government officials and dignitaries and become well-connected in a city where connections are everything.

On campus, with about 250 student organizations vying for your time, you won't be bored. And because most of our students spend their weekends on campus, there's plenty to do here and around the city. The Raynor Memorial Libraries offer areas for quiet and group study, as well as wireless Internet access and a coffee shop. When students aren't studying, you can find them enjoying our two recreation centers and campus green spots. 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 16 varsity teams that compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. If club and recreational sports are more your speed, we have about 50 coed, men's or women's clubs and intramural teams.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1881
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $407,000,000


When applying to Marquette University, it's important to note the application deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 55.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.2%
Application deadline December 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Marquette University is 14:1, and the school has 40.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Marquette University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Engineering; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 60%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Engineering 9%
Social Sciences 9%

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Student Life

Marquette University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,293, with a gender distribution of 48.1 percent male students and 51.9 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46 percent of students live off campus. Marquette University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,749
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Marquette University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Marquette University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Marquette University, 20 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Marquette University.

Students who have cars on campus 20%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Marquette University, 60.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,934.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $34,640 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,730 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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