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Welcome to Marquette from the Parent Program

In a few weeks, your son or daughter will make his or her journey to Marquette. Whether you're coming from down the street or cross country, the following information will make the transition easier for you and your student. This special edition of Marquette Parent highlights orientation events, tasks your student is required to complete before arriving, move-in tips and important dates to keep in mind for the fall semester. Every month during the academic year, the Marquette Parent Program will send an e-newsletter to highlight key events and Marquette news relevant to you.

Important reminders available online

Marquette conveniently posts all the information new students need on the Undergraduate Admissions website. Make sure your student is regularly checking the website and completing the necessary programs so they are ready to begin as soon as they arrive on campus. Required programs you should be aware of are:

Complete two mandatory online courses
AlcoholEdu and Haven Understanding Sexual Assault are two online courses all first-year students must complete by Aug. 24 (parts 1) and Oct. 31 (parts 2). The link for students to register for the courses is available online. Read more about the initiatives in place to change the drinking culture at Marquette. Watch a brief video on what your student will learn with AlcoholEdu. A brief video on what your student will learn with the Haven Sexual Violence Prevention Program is also available.

Submit health forms
All new students must complete required health forms. The forms can be accessed and submitted through CheckMarq. Additional information is available through the Marquette University Medical Clinic.

What you need to know for first-year move-in on Aug. 24

Nearly 1,900 first-year students will move into residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The Office of Residence Life has organized priority move-in times, as well as helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions for all first-year students. For example, in the case of a medical emergency, the area hospital requires that students have a medical insurance card or a copy to present upon admittance; remind your student to add this to his or her packing list.

For more information about residence hall move-in, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (414) 288-7208.

Family Orientation: Aug. 24 – 25

Parents and other family members of first-year and transfer students are invited to attend Family Orientation, Aug. 24 (first-year student families) and Aug. 25 (transfer student families). Though Family Orientation happens at the same time as New Student and Transfer Orientation, students and families are separated for most events.

There is no registration required; simply stop by the Family Orientation check-in in the Alumni Memorial Union for more information and to receive your copy of the 2016-17 Marquette Parent Calendar. For more information about Family Orientation, contact the Office of Student Development at (414) 288-1412 or

New Student Convocation: Aug. 24

Join the Marquette community for New Student Convocation, a formal academic welcome to the Class of 2020. Dr. Xavier Cole, vice president for student affairs, will provide the keynote remarks.

First-year student attendance is required and family members are welcome to attend. Dress is business casual. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and family members are encouraged to arrive early as seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required. For more information about New Student Convocation, contact the Office of Student Development at (414) 288-1412 or

Family Weekend: Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

Mark your calendar for a weekend of fun for all family members! Family Weekend is an annual gathering designed to connect you to the campus community, the city of Milwaukee and your student's overall experience at Marquette. Events include athletic games, theatre performances, a 5K run/walk, excursions and tours in downtown Milwaukee, family photo shoots, music performances, worship opportunities, and much more.

A complete schedule will be available in mid-August and registration opens Friday, Aug. 26, at noon CST. Some events quickly fill to capacity, so early registration is recommended. Out-of-town guests may wish to book a nearby hotel soon. For questions regarding Family Weekend, contact the Office of Student Development at or (414) 288-1412.

Homecoming: Oct. 2 – 9

Can’t make it to Family Weekend? Save the date for Homecoming 2016. The Marquette community will come together to celebrate the pride and passion for our university from Sunday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 9.

Marquette students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community members are invited to join in a week-long series of Homecoming events. Partake in the fun, enjoy great food, experience some hearty competition and create lifelong memories during Homecoming 2016.

Marquette Parents Program and 2016 – 17 Calendar

Marquette University recognizes that you are a very important partner in your student's college success. The Parent Program, coordinated through the Office of Student Development, helps you stay connected to campus life and serves as your ongoing resource throughout your student's college career. Visit the Marquette Parent website for information about resources and on-campus events offered just for parents.

Compliments of the Marquette Parent Program, the 2016 – 17 Marquette Parent calendar includes beautiful photos of campus life, important dates, tips and resources for parents.

The calendars will be distributed to families who attend Family Orientation, Aug. 24-25, and Family Weekend, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Families who do not plan to attend either event may request to receive a printed copy by emailing Please include your mailing address in your email. The calendars will be mailed in mid-September.

Safety resources

Encourage your student to take advantage of the various safety resources on campus. For example, to receive MUPD safety alerts, as well as weather-related closing information, students can enroll in the university's emergency text messaging system by entering a cell phone number in the "Personal Information" section of CheckMarq. Students can also download the free Patronus app, which serves as an efficient way to request help from the Marquette University Police Department, and has a “walk safe” feature that allows them to share their traveling location with a close contact.

For more information about safety programs, visit the Marquette University Police Department website.


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