Recently, I travelled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit Marquette University. This school is very close to downtown Milwaukee, and a main street of the city runs through the middle of campus, dividing it in two. One side of campus is mostly residential while the other side is mostly academic. The arches off of Wisconsin Avenue signal that you are entering Marquette’s campus.
The first thing to know about Marquette is that it is a private Catholic school. The Church of the Gesù is a prominent view from campus. It is the Catholic, Jesuit church that serves the city of Milwaukee, but it is also connected to the campus. Marquette’s Catholic heritage is also highlighted by the Joan of Arc Chapel. The chapel was moved from France to Marquette’s campus in the 1960’s. It is located at the heart of the academic side of campus and provides a place for students to attend Mass several times a week.
“Be The Difference” is a slogan you can see across campus and on the sides of buildings. Marquette’s mission statement highlights their goal of serving God by serving their students. You do not have to be a person of faith to attend Marquette, but you should know that their religious tradition is part of the focus of the university.
Marquette is also known for their academics, and they have several programs of note:
· The Klinger College of Arts and Sciences recently added new majors like Bioinformatics and Data Science.
· Through the College of Business Administration, you can earn a bachelor’s degree in a STEM area and your MBA from their graduate school. This five-year program provides new and unique opportunities for Marquette students.
· Marquette offers dual degree opportunities for engineering students. You can earn your bachelor’s and master’s in five years in fields like Biomedical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering.
· As a student in Marquette’s College of Health Sciences, you will use interactive classrooms that simulate an experience in a hospital.
· Marquette’s Nursing program has direct entry for freshmen and is one of a handful of colleges with a focus on Nursing for veterans affairs.
If you attend Marquette, you will likely live on campus since that is true for 93% of freshmen. This means you will have access to all Milwaukee has to offer as well as lots of on-campus activities. You can go to a Marquette basketball game, participate in the Night of Chocolate, or serve the community through the annual Hunger Clean-Up (a large, one-day service project).
My visit to Marquette was very positive. They did a great job on the campus visit, through both the information session and campus tour. If you are interested, I highly recommend you visit to see all the school has to offer. Be sure to talk with your CAA coaches as you consider any college!