Going off to college is one of life’s defining moments. It’s a passage from one way of life — one that is comforting in its familiarity — into new and uncharted territory. It can be simultaneously exhilarating and frightening, inspiring and dispiriting … and that’s just for the parents and guardians.

Marquette Parents

As a Marquette parent or guardian, you are joining a special group of people who are entrusting their children to the faculty, staff, administrators and fellow students of the university.

Because you are an important member of the Marquette family, we offer a variety of programs to help you feel like a part of what goes on here and to help you support your student's success.


Take another look at Marquette before classes begin. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty, administrators, current parents and students and get answers to your questions about academics, housing, financial aid, public safety, student employment, campus facilities, parking and student activities. We look forward to seeing you at SPARK!

New Student Orientation

When you arrive on Wednesday, feel free to stay on campus that evening, for our Family Liturgy at Gesu at 6:00 P.M., followed by for our evening New Student Convocation at 7:30 P.M..  There will be time before the Family Liturgy for you to have dinner with your student.

Family Weekend

The Marquette Parent Program invites you to campus for a great fall weekend with your family and your extended Marquette family, too. While registration materials will be e-mailed later in the year, it’s never too early to start making your plans to experience some (or all) of the following :

  • Marquette athletics events
  • Special family photo opportunities
  • Marquette theatre performances
  • A variety of excursions into the Milwaukee community
  • Student musical performances
  • Open houses and tours of special campus locations
  • Family Weekend Mass
  • Meet and greets with your student's college
  • Sibling bowling (no, students will not be using their siblings as pins)
  • Guided tours of the Haggerty Museum of Art

Learn more