Rankings and Recognition

Whether it's preparing students for their first jobs or propelling graduate and professional students to even greater heights, a Marquette education helps students reach their full potential. But don't just take our word for it.

Marquette ranks 88th in the 2021 edition of America's Best Colleges, released by U.S. News & World Report. The university is also ranked 52nd in Best Value Schools, which takes into account a school's academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. We are proud that our students are getting a great value for their significant investment. Marquette is again included as an “A-plus School for B Students,” a distinction that aligns with its Catholic, Jesuit mission to graduate students who are transformed by their education.

The university is also recognized on the list of Most Innovative Schools. Marquette, which was not ranked on the list last year, now comes in at 42. In addition, Marquette is ranked 56th in Best Colleges for Veterans and 18th in Best Undergraduate Teaching

The Princeton Review consistently ranks Marquette as one of its “Best 386 Colleges.” For 2020, it also ranked Marquette in the country's 200 “Best Value Colleges,” 19th nationally for Best Schools for Internships,” 20th in the “Most Religious Students,” 16th in the “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” and 7th in the “Students Pack the Stadiums” categories. The last category is based on our students’ enthusiasm for our Golden Eagles!

Additionally, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance listed it among its "Best Values in Private Colleges" for 2018.

Based on Department of Education College Scorecard data, Marquette was ranked the 6th best college nationally and the best college in Wisconsin for job placement, according to rankings released by Zippia.com. The rankings of all undergraduate degree-granting higher education institutions were based on job placement numbers 10 years after graduation, and Marquette’s employment rate was 95.55%.

But a Marquette education is more than just a great value. It's about values, too. In fact, the university was the 10th higher education institution bestowed the Changemaker Campus title by the Ashoka Institute, a leader in social entrepreneurship — the practice of applying sustainable business models to solve social problems.

Marquette University has also been named to the second annual list of America’s Best-in-State Employers by Forbes and Statista, based on an independent survey of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 500 people in their U.S. operations.

Other notable rankings from U.S. News & World Report*:

  • The online Master of Science in Computing program was ranked 16th (2020). According to U.S. News, the rankings for computer information technology programs are based on factors such as admissions selectivity, faculty credentials, and academic and career support services offered to students.
  • In the College of Business Administration, the undergraduate program is ranked 90th (2020); the Real Estate program was ranked 12th (2020); the Supply Chain Management program 17th (2020); and the Finance program 33rd (2020). In the Graduate School of Management, the executive MBA program was ranked 16th (2021); the part-time MBA program was ranked 52nd (2021); the Accounting program was ranked 35th (2020); the Finance program was ranked 21st (2021) and the Supply Chain Management program was 15th (2021).

  • In the Opus College of Engineering, the undergraduate program was ranked 120th (2020). Its overall ranking for graduate programs was 119th (2021), with the following graduate programs individually ranked: Biomedical engineering was 63rd (2020), environmental engineering was 67th (2020), electrical engineering was 106th (2021) and civil engineering was 110th (2021).
  • In the College of Health Sciences, the Physical Therapy program was ranked 13th (2021); the Physician Assistant program 26th (2020); and the Speech Pathology and Audiology program 55th (2021).
  • The Law School was ranked 102nd overall (2021). The Dispute Resolution program was ranked 8th (2020); the Intellectual Property program was ranked 77th (2020); the Legal Writing program was ranked 12th (2021); and Trial Advocacy was ranked 121st (2021).
  • The College of Nursing master of science program was ranked 69th (2021); its Doctor of Nursing Practice program was ranked 69th (2021); and the Nurse Midwifery program was 20th (2016). U.S. News ranked Marquette's online graduate nursing program 58th in 2020, up from 116th in 2019 when it was ranked for the first time.
  • The College of Education's graduate program was ranked 112th (2021).
  • The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences graduate Biology program was ranked 213th (2019); and the graduate Chemistry program was ranked 145th (2019).

* Note that U.S. News & World Report doesn't evaluate all programs annually.