Resources for Prospective Students and Families

COVID-19 Update: Due to staff working remotely, the best way to ensure contact with ODS is by emailing us at See FAQ below for more information.

Prospective Student COVID-19 FAQ

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I am interested in learning more about the Office of Disability Services.  Who should I work with? How can I arrange a meeting?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Disability Services is working remotely but would be happy to schedule a virtual conversation with you to share more information about our office and discuss any questions you may have. To arrange a meeting, please email us at

I am an incoming fall 2020 student and would like to register with the office.  What steps do I need to take?

Please visit our Accessing Accommodations webpage, which outlines the registration process  For specific questions, please contact the department at

I would like to submit my medical documentation as a student with a disability.  How should I submit this information?

Please send all paperwork to or fax it to 414-288-5799. Due to University staff working remotely, any documentation that is mailed will be significantly delayed in processing. Once we receive your documents, our office will process your paperwork and will respond accordingly via your Marquette email account.

What if I have "secondary" concerns (such as the risk to an immunocompromised person you live with) regarding COVID-19?

If you have secondary concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact the Office of Disability Services Director, Jack Bartelt, at and he will work to connect you with resources on campus.

 For more information about how ODS is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit: or email us at


Resources for Prospective Students and Families

The post-secondary experience is not only unique for students with disabilities, but often affects parents as well. Numerous changes happen going from high school to college, and parents often have many questions about the experiences that lie ahead for their sons or daughters. Below are informative resources to help you and your student through the process of entering college.

Transitioning to College

  • Entering Marquette provides information you may need regarding the Admissions process
  • Questions to Ask When Deciding on a College (PDF) (Word)
  • Differences Between High School and College (PDF) (Word)

Check out the Organization and Information Resources page which includes links to a very helpful Office of Civil Rights publication on high school to college transition. 

Understanding Accommodations at Marquette

Once you are officially enrolled as a student at Marquette and you have a disability, you may be eligible to receive assistance (accommodations) to enable you to participate in all university functions the same as your peers.

For a more detailed description of the accommodations process, see our official Policies and Procedures Document (Word).  

Resources for Parents

Each resource section below details some facet of this transition and may answer many of the questions you have:

  1. Parents' Frequently Asked Questions (Word)

  2. For information on how Marquette provides services to students with disabilities, visit the Office of Disability Services publication, Accessibility at Marquette University, located in the Policies and Procedures section of this Web site.
  3. Check out the Transitioning to College, and Understanding Accommodations at Marquette resources above.
  4. For a humorous but informative view on this transition, check out the piece from the University of Mary Washington, Toto, I Have a Feeling We're Not in High School Anymore (PDF).
  5. If your son or daughter used assistive technology in high school, the Assistive Technology page lists the technology resources available at Marquette along with links to other sites with free downloadable programs or information on their technology products that may be useful for college level work.

Additional ODS Resources

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact our office.