When Marquette enrolls the most talented students, the undergraduate experience is strengthened for all students. Gifted students serve as role models and academic leaders — they raise the bar for other students in terms of what they aspire to achieve and improve the overall intellectual climate of the Marquette community.
Yet the university faces financial challenges in providing the scholarship resources necessary to compete for the brightest students.
Greater than one out of every five dollars that the university spends already goes directly to financial aid. But even with that level of commitment from the university, Marquette cannot fully meet the financial need of the 67 percent of freshmen who demonstrate that they do not have the means to afford Marquette's tuition.
In order to actually support the students who qualify for enrollment at Marquette, the university would have to grow financial aid funding by another $10 million annually.
Marquette's ratio of financial resources per student ranks 150th among national, doctoral universities. Colleges with whom Marquette routinely competes for students are able to offer greater merit and need-based scholarships than Marquette does currently.
Among Catholic institutions, Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame, St. Louis University, Boston College and Catholic University of America all rank in the top 100 in financial resources. The University of Dayton, Fordham University, the University of San Diego and Loyola University — Chicago also rank higher than Marquette in financial resources.
While Marquette is justifiably proud of its ability to "do more with less," we are hampered in our ability to attract the most sought-after students by the very real constraints on our finances.
Marquette's alumni and friends have made significant contributions in recent years to help build resources for both endowed and current-use scholarships.
With your help, we can continue to make this great university more accessible to bright, motivated students.