Marquette Explorer Students

The Marquette Explorer Program is a pathway program that allows senior high school or first-year international college students to earn one year of general education college credits to be applied towards a Marquette degree. This program gives international students a great start in preparing for college. Marquette University partners with IPERC, which oversees the development and administration of the program abroad.

Explorer applicants should meet the following minimum requirements for full admission. 

Explorer grades:

Marquette College Minimum Explorer GPA Minimum Explorer Grade Accepted Minimum Explorer English Course Grade Accepted
Arts and Sciences 2.50 C B-
Business Administration 3.00 C B-
Communication 2.50 C B-
Education 2.50 C B-
Engineering 3.00 C B-
Health Sciences 3.00 C B-

High school grades:

3.0/83 high school GPA average with no scores lower than 80 in courses related to intended major.

English proficiency requirements:

A score of 70 or higher on the IPERC English Exam is acceptable as evidence of English


U.S. or Canadian university transcript showing successful academic studies of at least 2 semesters


U.S. or Canadian high school transcript showing successful academic studies of at least 4 semesters


  1. Explorer applicants will be evaluated for full admission after completing both Fall semester of grade 12, and their first semester of Explorer courses.
  2. Full admission letters will be issued on a rolling basis beginning in January to students admitted for Fall semester; and beginning in July to students admitted for Spring semester.
  3. Before receiving an MU I-20, Explorer applicants must submit official copies of their high school transcript, high school graduation certificate (if available), and final Explorer transcript from Marquette University.