Going off to college is one of life’s defining moments. It’s a passage from one way of life — one that is comforting in its familiarity — into new and uncharted territory. It can be simultaneously exhilarating and frightening, inspiring and dispiriting … and that’s just for the parents and guardians.

Marquette Parents

As a Marquette parent or guardian, you are joining a special group of people who are entrusting their children to the faculty, staff, administrators and fellow students of the university.

Because you are an important member of the Marquette family, we offer a variety of programs to help you feel like a part of what goes on here and to help you support your student's success.


Come to campus this summer for one of these one-day events and take another look at Marquette before classes begin. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty, administrators, current parents and students and get answers to your questions about academics, housing, financial aid, public safety, student employment, campus facilities, parking and student activities. And, since this is a family event, you can break bread with us at what is fast becoming the world-renowned SPARK lunch.

New Student (and family) Orientation

After you drop off your student, feel free to stick around a while. We have events planned for you during the first two days of orientation. At socials and seminars, you will meet current parents, members of the Marquette Jesuit community and many others who will be teaching and working with your son or daughter.

Family Weekend

The Marquette Parent Program invites you to campus for a great fall weekend with your family and your extended Marquette family, too. While registration materials will be e-mailed later in the year, it’s never too early to start making your plans to experience some (or all) of the following :

  • Marquette athletics events
  • Special family photo opportunities
  • Marquette theatre performances
  • A variety of excursions into the Milwaukee community
  • Student musical performances
  • Open houses and tours of special campus locations
  • Family Weekend Mass
  • Meet and greets with your student's college
  • Sibling bowling (no, students will not be using their siblings as pins)
  • Guided tours of the Haggerty Museum of Art

Learn more

Student studying on campus

Important Dates

Deadlines for Admitted Students

May 1

Submit your deposit
Rank your housing preferences
Complete demographic survey

June 1

Register for SPARK
Complete placement for language
Request AP/IB/College transcripts

July 1

Complete health forms
Complete parent information form
Final transcripts due

The value of a Marquette Education

The value of a Marquette Education

Knowing where your money goes and how the university operates is paramount to understanding the true value of a Marquette education. Working together with our students, we've compiled some key data and laid it out in an accessible, transparent and easy-to-read guide.

Contact us


To ask a question or get information, call (414) 288-7302. Or ask a quick question via our contact form.