How do we evaluate your application?
Reading Your Application
Every application to Marquette is read by at least two admission committee members. Many applications are reviewed by additional committee members or discussed by the committee as a whole. We know you spend a good deal of time assembling your application, preparing your extracurricular lists and writing your essay. We want you to know we, too, spend a good amount of time reading each application.
What Do We Look For?
When considering whether to extend an offer of admission, the committee members review the following (listed in order of importance):
An evaluation of the courses you took while in high school
When evaluating high school coursework and grades the committee wants to know that you have challenged yourself academically and done well in your courses. We look specifically at the trend in grades noting consistency, upward or downward trends. We evaluate the types of courses you have taken — AP, honors, IB, regular, etc., — in relation to the overall courses offered by a school. Especially with AP courses, it is important to note that a "B" in an AP course is not the same as an "A" in a regular course. It is a "B" in an advanced course. We take all of this information under advisement.
- Your grades earned in those courses
- Where applicable, class rank and/or grade point average
We recognize class rank and grade point averages mean different things at different high schools. When making an evaluation, we are trying to get a sense of how you have performed relative to your peers in relation to all information with which we have been provided.
ACT or SAT test scores
For ACT or SAT test scores, only the highest composite score is used.
Your essay and extracurricular activities
Both the essay and your extracurricular activities give us a chance to get to know you as an individual and not as a series of numbers. Be genuine and honest in your responses and lists. There are no magic phrases or specific activities for which we look.
Any letters of recommendation
Although we only require the school counselor recommendation, many students choose to provide additional letters of recommendation. Additional letters are not required and we encourage you to save them for the scholarship application process. Occasionally additional recommendation letters may be especially helpful in more difficult admission decisions.
Additional material you may provide
Supplemental material is not necessary and will not necessarily influence an admission decision.