RISE participants with President Lovell

Ready to Inspire Success and Excellence: August 2022

Marquette's RISE program looks forward to being fully in-person for summer 2022! 

The RISE multicultural pre-orientation is geared to incoming first-year students of color.  

RISE offers students:

  • An opportunity to establish connections and networks with faculty, staff, and peers before the arrival of the rest of the student body.
  • Sessions to ask questions and learn more about how to survive and thrive as a first-year Marquette student.
  • An atmosphere that promotes positive attitudes and stimulates a vibrant learning environment.
  • Supportive relationships and constructive feedback to help students make well-informed decisions.
  • An exclusive cultural and historical tour through Milwaukee’s neighborhoods.


Who should apply to join RISE?

All interested incoming first-year students of color are encouraged to complete the application. If you are a student who is part of the Educational Opportunity Program, Urban Scholars, Freshman Frontier Program, or other summer intensive program, you are also welcome to join, however, there may be some overlap of information that you gain in attending both experiences.  This is a great opportunity to make connections with other students of color in the Class of 2026 prior to New Student and Family Orientation.

Commuter students of color are also encouraged to participate for an opportunity to stay on campus and make connections before the start of the school year.


When is RISE 2022?

The dates for RISE 2022 are tentatively August 23-25, 2022. RISE closes before University Orientation.  Registered RISE participants will stay overnight on campus during the three-day program.  More information about early drop-off and check-in will be announced when determined.


What are the benefits of participating in RISE? 

  • The opportunity to participate in SPARK session 1 from June 7-8 which includes a RISE welcome for families as well as priority registration.
  • Early drop-off of belongings in your fall room assignment (Please note: This is not early move-in rather the opportunity to place belongings into the students' room.  Students should expect to participate in formal move-in according to their move-in time assigned by the Office of Residence Life.
  • Through workshops and team-building activities, have an opportunity to connect with fellow students, faculty, and staff of color.
  • An opportunity to become familiarized with campus and resources before the start of the school year.
  • Be paired with a RISE Mentor, an older student, who can assist in answering questions throughout the summer and school year.


Students will receive an individualized invitation to apply. If you are interested and do not receive an e-mail, please contact Latrice Harris-Collins, Director of Community Relations & Outreach in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (latrice.harris-collins@marquette.edu).


See FAQs here.

If you have any additional questions about the program or accommodations, please contact Clara Dwyer, Assistant Director in the Center for Engagement and Inclusion.