Our mission statement

New Student and Family Programs, in collaboration with Marquette educators and current students, offers intentional programs for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and their families. These programs welcome students and families to the Marquette community, by:

  • Providing distinct resources and services for the varying needs of first-year students, transfer students and families.
  • Providing opportunities to learn about the multitude of educational opportunities and resources available to Marquette students.
  • Providing opportunities for new students to begin to explore who they are and how they will contribute to Marquette, and local and global communities.
  • Providing opportunities for new students to meet each other and to form important connections to classmates.
  • Providing opportunities for new students and their families to reflect upon and plan for the complex transition ahead, and to support students and families as they navigate the initial transitional milestones.

The Marquette Family Program, in collaboration with Marquette educators, offers resources to families and guardians of current Marquette students. These initiatives support student learning by:

  • Educating families on the wide variety of opportunities and resources available to students at Marquette.
  • Empowering families to support their maturing students in developmentally appropriate ways.
  • Engaging families in campus life during milestone moments (e.g. Orientation and Commencement) and throughout the academic year (e.g. Family Weekend, Parents Basketball Game)
  • Communicating with families about on-campus events and making campus resources accessible to parents.

Four special events for incoming new students

New Student and Family Programs offers four special events specifically for incoming students and their families, to help them prepare for their transition to Marquette.

  • Winter Orientation in January is an optional program for new first-year and transfer students admitted for the Spring semester.
  • SPARK (Summer Priority Advising & Registration Kick-off) is a mandatory summer program for new first-year students and their families.
  • New Student Orientation in late August is a mandatory program for new first-year and transfer students and begins on move-in day. Family Orientation is an optional program for adult family members and siblings of new students and begins on move-in day.
  • Family Weekend is an annual event open to family members of all current Marquette students.

Meet the New Student and Family Programs staff

The New Student and Family Programs staff includes administrators and students with a passion for supporting students and their families through important college transitions. In addition to our full-time staff, we work with over 100 student leaders each summer, who comprise New Student Orientation staff (nicknamed “O-Staff”).

Contact New Student and Family Programs

 

General New Student and Family Programs information:
Alumni Memorial Union, Room 329
newstudentprogs@marquette.edu
Phone: (414) 288-1412
Fax: (414) 288-3149

Kelly Neumann
Assistant Dean for New Student and Family Programs
kelly.neumann@marquette.edu

Katie Radtke
Coordinator for New Student and Family Programs
katherine.radtke@marquette.edu

Kristin MaierMerz
Administrative Assistant
kristin.maiermerz@marquette.edu

Student Directors

The Student Directors are four undergraduate students who spend their spring and summer planning fun and educational experiences for new students and family members through SPARK and New Student and Family Orientation. More information about theStudent Directors are available on the New Student Orientation staff page.