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Marquette University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Marquette University

Named after a French missionary and founded in 1881, Marquette University is a Jesuit, Catholic school located in Milwaukee, WI. In 2012, it was named to U.S. News & World Report's list of the 50 Best Value Schools in the country.


Marquette University offers roughly 80 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate degree programs through 12 colleges and schools, including a law school and a dental school. Available areas of study range from anthropology, computer science and real estate to athletic training and speech pathology. The university offers small class sizes, with an average of 36 students in lower-division courses and 25 students in upper-division courses. Students also can enroll in online courses.

Marquette's library houses special collections covering such topics as Native America and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Students can avail themselves of multiple study abroad opportunities and roughly 250 student organizations. The university also fields 14 men's and women's NCAA Division I varsity athletic teams.


Marquette University admitted 57% of undergraduate applicants in Fall 2011, with 16% of these students enrolling. The resulting freshman class included 2,090 students. Roughly one third of these first-time students were from Wisconsin. The university's undergraduate student body is 75% white, 7% Hispanic/Latino, 5% Black or African American and 4% Asian.

Prospective undergraduate students must complete an application form and submit high school transcripts, standardized test scores, an essay, a counselor recommendation and a list of extracurricular activities. Those who also submit qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests might be able to receive academic credit.

Applicants who submit their materials by December 1st are notified of their admissions status starting in February. Students who intend to enroll must reply by May 1st.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, undergraduate tuition at Marquette University was $32,810, with room and board costing an additional $10,420. Students could also spend another $1,390 each year to cover the costs of books and fees.

An interest-free monthly payment plan is available to students who need help financing their education, as are numerous undergraduate scholarships and merit awards. Graduates of Catholic high schools and students interested in enrolling in undergraduate pre-professional programs are just a couple of groups eligible for these financial aid opportunities.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's degrees, post-master's certificates, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 8,387 undergraduate and 3,615 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 8 residence halls and 5 university apartment complexes**
Schools and Programs 12 schools and colleges; 127 degree and 37 certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General biomedical sciences (131)
Master's: General business administration and management (154)
Doctorate: Law (230)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
61% in 4 years
81% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 57% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 2,090 in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 90% for full-time and 57% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students SAT: 1210
ACT: 27 (composite scores for 2011)**
Undergraduate Application Due Date December 1st**
Decision Notification Date February 14th-April 1st**
Tuition $32,810 per year for 2012-2013**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (20%), Pell grants (20%), institutional grants or scholarships (100%), federal student loans (56%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% of first-time undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Marquette University

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
  • Phone: (800) 222-6544 or (414) 288-7302
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