EOP was established as a response to the Civil Rights movement at a very important time in our nation’s history and in the history of Marquette, which has always been rooted in increasing access to higher education. Marquette was founded in 1881 as a place for children of Catholic immigrants who were not welcomed into other universities. In 1909, Marquette further delivered on its promise of educational access when we became the first Catholic university in the world to admit women to study alongside men. The development of EOP in 1969 helped ensure educational access for students who were – and still are – underrepresented at Marquette and in higher education in general. In the spirit of our founding, Marquette continues to strive to be a welcoming, inclusive place that is open to people from all backgrounds, faiths and viewpoints.

Today, EOP comprises five programs: Student Support Services (SSS), McNair Scholars, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math & Science, and Educational Talent Search (ETS). SSS is the oldest program and the one that most people associate with EOP. It, along with McNair Scholars, are the two programs that provide services to current Marquette University students. Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math & Science, and Talent Search make up the Pre-College Division. All programs within EOP are designed to provide preparation, access, and transitional assistance to low-income and first-generation students. The pre-college programs partner with Milwaukee Public Schools to provide tutoring, academic workshops, college tours, ACT preparation, an intensive summer program, and other services to eligible students. The college programs work with current Marquette undergraduate students to provide services such as tutoring, academic advising, and graduate school preparation to assist students in their transition into Marquette and, ultimately, through graduation. First year SSS students participate in a summer bridge program, and McNair scholars participate in faculty-mentored research projects each summer.


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We Are All Marquette: A Q&A with Mark Peterson Jr., counselor and recruiter for the Educational Opportunity Program – Student Support Services Program




soarMarquette EOP receives $800,000 in funding to pilot Cyber Explorers pre-college program






Marquette student works to increase diverse representation on campus, improve justice system






dMarquette University's EOP program celebrating 50 years this week Article and Video on Milwaukee TMJ4




dMarquette University celebrates 50 years of helping change lives through important program Article and Video on Milwaukee TMJ4




fEOP celebrates their 50th anniversary Article in the Marquette Wire.





sEOP 50th celebration includes alumni reunion, Marquette Forum partnership Article in the Marquette Wire. 





fdMarquette receives $1 million gift to support first-generation scholarship by EOP Alumni, Barry Cosgrove. 






sdA Legacy of Leadership, article in the Marquette Magazine.




d50 years of Educational Opportunity Program episode on the Marquette in Milwaukee Podcast show.  




edThe Sande Robinson Emerging Leaders initiative intends to facilitate the development and recognition of student leaders in all 5 of EOP’s TRiO programs.





edBuilding bridges Student leader Sara Manjee bridges EOP & MUSG. Manjee is the first Marquette student government president to participate in the university’s Educational Opportunity Program for first-generation and low-income students.



sdTorches have been passed between EOP students! Newly appointed MUSG president, Evelia Guerrero to lead after Sara Manjee.New faces of Marquette’s student government




skkOur McNair in article of the Marquette Wire