Marquette is well-known for its commitment to the community — whether it's in Milwaukee or around the world. So much so that the university was one of five universities selected for the 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award by The Washington Center in Washington, D.C.
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 84th in the 2020 edition of America's Best Colleges, released by U.S. News & World Report. The university is also ranked 55th 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, particularly first-generation college students. Also, Marquette is ranked 52nd in Best Colleges for Veterans and 76th in Best Undergraduate Teaching.
In other rankings, The Princeton Review named Marquette one of the country's 200 Best Value Colleges for 2020. This list comprises only 7 percent of the nation's four-year colleges. Out of 656 colleges and universities, The Princeton Review evaluated for this year's list, the 200 schools chosen are those the education services group recommends as offering the best return on investment (ROI). The group’s ROI rating tallies and their selection process considered more than 40 data points, broadly covering academics, affordability and career preparation. The Princeton Review also ranked Marquette 19th nationally in the "Best Schools for Internships" category.
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.
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 15th (2021); and the Finance program 21st (2021). In the Graduate School of Management, the executive MBA program was ranked 14th (2020); the part-time MBA program was ranked 48th (2020); the Accounting program was ranked 35th (2020); the Finance program was ranked 14th (2020) and the Supply Chain Management program was 14th (2020).
- 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.