Freshman Application Process

Marquette has a recommended application deadline of Dec. 1.
International applicants, refer to the Office of International Education for deadlines.

Applications completed after our deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications completed on or before December 1 will receive a decision before the end of the year. This will allow admitted students more time to apply for additional scholarships and receive invitations to all spring visit programs. 

Application review for admission to Marquette University is completed on a rolling basis. The online application for freshman admission will be available by August 1. Beginning in late September, admission decisions are sent 2-3 weeks following the completion of the application for admission and receipt of all supporting materials.

Application process

The application process at many colleges is shrouded in mystery. That's not the way we do things at Marquette. On the following page, we'll connect you with everything you need to know about applying to Marquette, from writing your college essay to telling us about your extracurricular activities.

Our best tip? R-E-L-A-X! We want to get to know you academically and personally. We want to learn all about the things that make you who you are. So brag about yourself in your application, and make sure to follow the advice below.

The Marquette application for admission:

(Choose to complete and submit either the Marquette application or the Common App.)

What you need to send us

To complete your online application, please be sure to submit the following:

  • High school transcript
  • ACT or SAT test scores (optional)
  • Essay and extracurricular activities (in application or sent separately)
  • School counselor recommendation
  • College transcripts and AP exam scores may be sent at a later time and are not needed for freshman application review

Understanding the process

Writing your essay

Telling us about extracurricular activities

We ask you to provide a list of extracurricular activities to get to know you better. We're not looking for students who have 400 activities.

Instead, we would rather see that you have been involved in a few activities that demonstrate leadership experience and that you have been committed to an activity/organization. Be sure to give us a sense of how much time you spend in your activities and highlight any leadership roles. Make sure to explain any activities you think the committee may not know or understand. Though we know what it means to be an Eagle Scout, we may not know what it means to be a member of the STAR club at your school.

When you apply to Marquette, we look at the big picture, including:

Next steps for accepted students

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