SPARK, which occurs in summer, is a mandatory for all new first-year students and offers students and their families the opportunity to peer into their lives at Marquette University and prepare for their upcoming transition to college. During the June two-day programs, students will register for classes, meet with representatives from the colleges and campus community and have the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates.

SPARK is designed for New Students and their parents/guardians who will be helping support their student through their Marquette experience. Students and guests will have separate programming and schedules to help provide information and answer questions.

Personalized registration links are available on your Marquette Student Status page in November and after payment of the tuition deposit. We are encouraging registration as soon as possible and it is required for all new students prior to May 10, 2018.

Students attending Sessions 1-5 will be assigned housing in one of our residence halls on campus. Guests will need to book their own accommodations on campus by contacting Marquette Conference Services (414) 288-7887 or at local hotels. One campus option will be Straz Tower. Please make these arrangements as soon as possible as space is limited and not guaranteed.

For students and families traveling long distances, we recommend flying into Milwaukee on Day 1 by 11am and flying out on Day 2 after 3pm.

For questions, please contact the Office of Student Development at newstudentprogs@marquette.edu or 414-288-1412.

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This site will be updated with more information and have a new look soon! Please check back in January 2018!

The Marquette Guidebook App will be AVAILABLE in late spring. Be sure to utilize this resource as your one-stop shop for all new student and family information including schedules, maps, handouts, and more. This resources is designed for parents, families and new students. This guide will be used throughout SPARK, Orientation, Family Weekend and the 2017-2018 academic year!

2018 Session Dates:

  • Session 1: June 5-6
  • Session 2: June 10-11
  • Session 3: June 12-13
  • Session 4: June 14-15
  • Session 5: June 18-19
  • Session 6: August 22

Sessions by college (space is limited and sessions will fill):

  • Klingler College of Arts & Sciences - All Sessions
  • College of Business Administration - All Sessions
  • Diederich College of Communication - Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6
  • College of Education - Sessions 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
  • Opus College of Engineering - All Sessions
  • College of Health Sciences - All Sessions
  • College of Nursing - Sessions 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6

Session 6 is for students from far distances from campus and is our smallest session as the campus prepares for Orientation and the start of classes. Housing will not be provided to students and families attending Session 6. These students will have a separate advising and registration process in July.



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Late Night Marquette

Late Night Marquette actively promotes a vibrant campus culture by collaborating with members of the university and Milwaukee communities to provide fun, innovative, and inexpensive programming to students. View the calendar of Late Night events here.