About the college

Since the founding of Marquette in 1881 the College of Arts and Sciences has advanced the tradition of Jesuit Education and rigorous academic study that is grounded in the liberal arts. As the largest college in the university, we offer a variety of majors that represent the intellectual heart of the university to prepare our students to grow in mind, heart and spirit ready to engage in and transform the world in which they live.

In 2004, the college was privileged to be named the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. For more than two decades, she gave quietly often anonymously to Marquette. From 1979 until her death in 2004, Helen Way Klingler, resident of Shorewood, Wisconsin, donated more than $15 million to the university. Although Klingler did not attend Marquette, she cared deeply for its mission, saying simply in 1989, "Because I never had a child... I wanted to do something for those kids."

When she passed at the age of 101, Klingler continued her legacy of support, leaving another gift of more than $18 million to establish a competitive research fund - the Way Klingler Faculty Awards - intended to advance research and scholarship among faculty. The fund includes provisions for two one-year sabbaticals to allow select faculty to advance their scholarship.

Klingler believed that relevant research by faculty has a direct correlation to the quality of students' learning experiences. The university honors this spirit of academic discovery through the research awards that bear her name.

The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is an ideal learning environment for students to understand and interpret the human experience, explore, analyze and discover the known and unknown and to help explain how our society works. Our faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and research. In addition to being deeply engaged in the classroom, our faculty extend this learning and discovery process to their research and scholarly pursuits.

College information

-13 academic departments offering over 40 majors and minors

--Most popular majors among 2016-2017 graduates:

-Medical School (MD) acceptance information for 2016:

  • The success rate of College of Arts and Students to Medical School with a GPA of 3.3 or higher was 54%.
  • Medical Schools into which students were accepted: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, St. Louis University School of Medicine, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Wright State University-Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • College of Arts and Sciences students admitted to Medical School in 2016 had the following majors: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Physiological Sciences, Psychology.
  • College of Arts and Sciences students admitted to Medical School in 2016 had the following minors: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Psychology, Spanish for the Professions.