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 40 majors and 16 minors

-Faculty awardees received a total of $7.501 million in extramural funding for research and educational grants (7/1/2015 through 6/30/2016)

-Most popular majors among 2015-16 graduates:

-Medical School acceptance information for 2015 matriculation:

  • Students graduating in 2015 with an MCAT score of 28 or higher had a 67% acceptance rate to medical school. Our students accepted into medical school had an average MCAT score of 30.77 and an average cumulative GPA of 3.61.
  • Our students were accepted to these Medical Schools: Chicago Medical School, Creighton, Loyola-Chicago, Medical College of Wisconsin, New York University School of Medicine, Texas Tech, University of Illinois, University of Nebraska, University Wisconsin-Madison
  • Our students who were accepted studied in diverse majors including: Anthropology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, History, Physiological Sciences, Psychology, Spanish Language & Literature and Theology