Marquette University

Marquette University


Marquette University is a private, Jesuit university consistently named one of the top 5 Catholic universities. Marquette is dedicated to fostering excellence, faith, leadership and service in all of its students and offers strong support to first generation and underserved students. Our Urban Scholars program provides full-tuition scholarships to talented, economically-disadvantaged students. The university runs four unique programs under The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Marquette’s Multicultural Center works hard to promote diversity awareness and cultural inclusiveness within the diverse student body, and the Office of Student Educational Services supports every individual student’s educational goals. With an urban campus located in downtown Milwaukee, Marquette students take advantage of the many educational, cultural and social outlets the city has to offer.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Upward Bound Math and Science

Local high school students who come from low-income families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree can benefit from Marquette’s Upward Bound Math and Science, a pre-college program that provides a group of students with the right tools to pursue their dreams of earning a college degree. This program is intended for students with a strong interest in math, science, computer technology, or engineering. Students benefit from weekly tutoring, field trips, workshops and a six-week summer enrichment program. Learn more about Upward Bound Math and Science

Scholarship & Financial Aid Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Award

The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Award is for Hispanic/Latino high school seniors who demonstrate financial need. The award covers half of the Marquette tuition. Learn more about Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Award

Scholarship & Financial Aid Boys & Girls Clubs / Urban Scholars Scholarship Program

Marquette’s Urban Scholars Program provides ten full-tuition awards to low-income students, including undocumented students, who show great academic promise. The award guarantees that a student’s federal, state and Marquette gift assistance cover tuition costs for a four-year undergraduate program, provided the student maintains a 2.0 GPA. Students are selected for this award based on academic merit, leadership and financial need. The ten awards are granted to graduates from Milwaukee area high schools and the Cristo Rey High School network. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs / Urban Scholars Scholarship Program

Scholarship & Financial Aid Opus Scholars Award

The Opus Scholars Award (a full-tuition scholarship) recognizes a combination of outstanding academic achievement as well as financial need for two incoming engineering freshmen. Priority consideration is given to first-generation students who have participated in organizations that serve low-income youth, such as the Cristo Rey Network and the Boys & Girls Clubs. Learn more about Opus Scholars Award

Student Diversity

  • 8,334
  • 48/52
  • 22%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 6%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 10%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 73%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • <1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 89%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 81%
    Six-year graduation
  • 74%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 96%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 54%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,128
    Full-time faculty
  • 135
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 15:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Marketing, Engineering, Speech Pathology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Students Association, Arab Student Association, Black Student Council, Chinese Student Association, Cuban American Student Association, Global Village, Indian Student Association, Latin American Student Organization, Pacific Islands Student Organization, Society of Caribbean Ambassadors


Cost of Attendance

  • $38,000
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $434
    Required Fees
  • $11,400
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $105,609,831
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $22,399
    Average aid package
  • $35,204
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 18%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 62%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 26%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 20,486
    # of applicants
  • 74%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 27
    ACT Composite
  • 530—640
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 540—660
    SAT Math
  • 510—640
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 12/1
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date