Marquette University

Marquette University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marquette University is a private, Catholic Jesuit university that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Marquette the Right School for You?

Marquette University is located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, blocks away from Lake Michigan. Marquette offers 77 bachelor's, 50 master's and doctoral degrees, and 37 graduate certificate programs, as well as pre-professional dentistry, law, and medicine programs. Read the information below to find out if Marquette is the right school for you.


  • Graduation rate is 21 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 15:1, which is lower than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Accepts AP and dual credits
  • Located in downtown Milwaukee


  • Total cost is $7,379 higher than the national average for a private, 4-year, not-for-profit university
  • Acceptance rate is 8.8 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student debt following graduation is $8,504 higher than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes

Marquette at a Glance

Founded in 1881, Marquette consists of 11 colleges and schools which offer a wide array of degree programs. The physical therapy program was ranked #12 nationally by U.S. News and World Report in 2013. As an undergraduate, you will be required to complete 36 hours of common studies. Various core courses may be applied to fulfill your academic major requirements.

Marquette has a lower rate of acceptance than the national average of 63.8%. However, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the 4-year graduation rate is 61%, higher than the national average of 40%. When the time span is increased to six years, 81% of first-time, full-time undergraduate students graduate.

Marquette has 19 academic research centers and 5 academic institutes, including the National Sports Law Institute. The average national student-faculty ratio is 16:1 and Marquette is slightly lower than the average. However, around 30% of classes at Marquette are taught by TAs. The total cost of attending Marquette was $46,897 for 2012-2013, as reported by the NCES. This figure is more than $7,000 higher than the national average for private, 4-year colleges of $39,518. Furthermore, the NCES reported that the average student debt following graduation at Marquette in 2011 was $35,204.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Marquette

When applying to Marquette, you may fill-out an application on the university's website, an online universal application, or the online common application. Links are included to each type of application on the university website. A complete application packet includes official transcripts, ACT or SAT test scores, a personal essay, counselor recommendation, and a list of extracurricular activities. The application deadline is December 1, and the notification date is January 31. It may be worth noting that the NCES states that 88% of applicants submitted ACT test scores in 2011.

There are various financial aid options available and the average amount of need-based scholarship or grant aid awarded in 2011 was $15,550, as reported by U.S. News and World Report. According to the NCES, 100% of full-time first-year undergraduates received some form of financial aid in 2011. Additionally, you will need to fill out a separate application for most of the scholarships offered by the university.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) December 1*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) February 1***
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) January 31***
Application Fee (2013-2014) $0 (online undergrad applications)*
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2012) 55%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $46,897**
Average Financial Aid Package (2010-2011) $20,833**
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 26%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $35,204****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 1.9%**

Life at Marquette

Marquette requires all first-year and second-year students to live in one of the nine residence halls located on-campus. Marquette also offers learning community residence halls which place students of specific majors together, as well as a leadership community residence hall. Campus Town is a collection of 225 apartment units and 21 retail shops featuring a recreation center, grocery store, and bowling alley.

As a member of the Golden Eagles, you will have the opportunity to participate in more than 250 student organizations, Greek life, community service programs, and campus ministry services. Likewise, Marquette has 12 varsity sports teams that compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference, including men's and women's basketball.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (2011) 8,387 undergraduate, 3,615 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 48% to 52%**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 95%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 33%**
% of International Students (2011) 3%**
Retention Rate (2011) 90% for full-time and 57% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 54%****
Number of Libraries 2*
Extracurricular Activities More than 250*
Noteworthy Haggerty Museum of Art is located on-campus

Sources: *Marquette University, **NCES College Navigator, ***The College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Marquette University, Zilber Hall, 136, PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201
  • Phone: (414) 288-7302