Marquette University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Tel: (414)288-7250
Free: 800-222-6544
Admissions: (414)288-7004
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Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1881. Setting: 80-acre urban campus. Endowment: $231.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $20.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $19,781 per student. Total enrollment: 11,510. Faculty: 1,001 (589 full-time, 412 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 10,206 applied, 67% were admitted. 33% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 16 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 7,392 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 531 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 82 other countries, 58% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 5% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 6% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Les Aspin Center for Government, Washington, DC. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.4 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 12/1. Notification: 1/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $29,822 includes full-time tuition ($21,550), mandatory fees ($382), and college room and board ($7890). College room only: $5130. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. Part-time tuition: $635 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $191. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 180 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 6% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, club sports, community service organizations, band/jazz/orchestra, Residence Hall Association. Major annual events: Winter Flurry, Hunger Clean-Up, Midnight Madness Basketball Kick-Off. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, 24-hour desk attendants in residence halls. 4,404 college housing spaces available; 3,920 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Raynor Memorial Libraries plus 1 other with 1.1 million books, 575,652 microform titles, 5,894 serials, 9,332 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $13.8 million. 1,200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in the heart of the city, students have access to a multitude of social, educational and cultural opportunities. Marquette's mission statement comes alive with the countless opportunities to volunteer. Whether it's tutoring elementary school students or building homes through Habitat for Humanity, Marquette students put the "community" in community service and have been nationally recognized for their efforts. The Milwaukee business district provides students with an excellent chance to network with professionals in their field, or to gain valuable experience through internships or part-time work. Theaters, concerts, and museums offer a fun and relaxing way to expand the college experience and the lakefront recreational area and downtown shopping provide students with a way to unwind after a week of classes.

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