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Here are some topics for families and parents to discuss with your student to help guide them through the college journey.

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January 2024

Making Marquette Home 

Many first-year students return to campus more confident and comfortable and will receive invitations to become involved in out-of-class experiences. The opportunities are looking different this year but there are still ways to engage, including student organizations, community service opportunities, intramural and club sports, and faith-based retreats, to name a few. 

Other opportunities to get involved include: undergraduate research, service learning, Greek Life and student employment. Now is a great time for students to try different groups and learn about different opportunities around campus. 


Update on 2024-2025 FAFSA Process 

The Department of Education recently launched a “soft rollout” of the 2024-25 FAFSA due to the FAFSA Simplification Act. This means limited FAFSA availability during the upcoming weeks. It also may mean that users are put into a virtual waiting room as the department manages traffic flow to the FAFSA. Please be patient during this soft rollout period and if you are unable to access the 2024-25 FAFSA, please try again during the upcoming weeks.   

Marquette and all other schools will not receive student FAFSA information until late January 2024. This will result in a delay of 2024-25 financial aid offers.    

If students wish to check if their 2024-25 FAFSA is complete, they can visit their dashboard at More information is available online.   

Contact Marquette Central at (414) 288-4000 if you have any questions. To ensure student privacy, when contacting Marquette Central, you will be required to provide your Marquette ID number (MUID) and Marquette Central Access Number (MCAN). 


Planning for the Winter

Severe weather may lead to operational disruptions at the university that require canceling classes for the full day or part of the day. Marquette prioritizes keeping campus open to serve students in residence and the surrounding community while reducing some operational services during the disruption. 

Marquette continually monitors weather conditions as broadcast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to ensure the safety of our campus community. The university follows the UPP 6-05: Severe Weather policy for making decisions about canceling classes or reducing operations due to weather. In all cases, the decision will be made internally no later than 5 a.m. so it can be communicated as a safety alert text message or EagleEye push notification by 5:30 a.m. An email with more details will be sent to Marquette email addresses. 

February 2024

New Student and Family Programs Leadership Positions 

New Student and Family Programs is pleased to announce that applications will open February 5th, 2024 for SPARK and Orientation Leader positions.  SPARK and Orientation are first-year student programming efforts that aim to guide students through their transition to Marquette. Applications go live on February 5th and are due February 23rd at 12:00 pm CST. If you have any questions, contact New Student and Family Programs at or 414.288.1412.  


National Marquette Day is Approaching! 

Get excited for National Marquette Day! National Marquette Day will take place February 10th, 2024. For over 30 years, the Marquette nation has united in pride, celebration, and sport to honor the values we share throughout the year. Gear up in your blue and gold and get ready for this year’s National Marquette Day! 


Black History Month Kick-Off! 

Join the Center for Engagement and Inclusion and the Black Faculty and Staff Employee Resource Group for their annual Black History Month Kick-Off Luncheon on February 1st. For more information, feel free to contact  


Spring Break Plans Can Include Service Trips 

Spring break – March 10th to 16th – is just around the corner, and students begin making plans for trips during this time. Some visit home, travel or stay on campus, but many participate in week-long service trips with other students. Offered through student organizations orCampus Ministry, service tripsare a fun, inexpensive way for students to meet new people while giving back to their greater community. Service sites are spread around the globe and provide an opportunity to live and learn from people of different backgrounds. The trips engage students in aspects of social justice.  


Marquette Service Fair 

The Aruppe Center will host a Community Service Fair on February 20th, 2024 from 2 pm to 5 pm on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Union. Students can meet with organizations and learn about the service opportunities in the Milwaukee area.  


Health and Wellness 

Engage in conversations with your student about health and wellness. There are a variety of resources that can be used to help promote students’ well-being. Have your students check out our different resources that are provided to all: The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Recreational Sports, or other student engagement opportunities.  Encourage students to reach out and remind them that Marquette provides many resources to help students finish this school year off strong! 

Preparing for the Winter 

Milwaukee winter times can be challenging for some students as snow starts to pile up and days shorter. Encourage students to bundle up and spend some time outside exploring Milwaukee while being safe. Included in students’ tuition is a bus pass for the Milwaukee County Bus System, and there are hundreds of dining options and entertainment options only a few minutes away from campus, Visit Milwaukee is a great way to get involved. 


March 2024

Orientation Leader Applications Open Now! 

New Student and Family Programs recruitment for Orientation Leaders is underway, rolling applications are now live! Orientation programming is directed towards our first-year students and their families.  This programming aims to guide them through their transition to Marquette.    

This is a great opportunity for students to gain leadership skills, work as part of a team, form connections with other Marquette students and welcome the new incoming class of Golden Eagles.    

Apply today!   

If you have any questions, contact New Student and Family Programs at or 414.288.1412.     


Happy Women’s History Month! 

Surrounding the month of March, different societies and organization hold meetings and events to discuss the importance of Women’s history. Check out Marquette Today to learn about different events happening around campus! 


Summer Class Registrations are now available! 

With more classes available and more online options than ever, Summer Studies at Marquette provides an opportunity to get more out of your summer break. Students can take summer classes to help add credits in a short period of time and satisfy program and Core Curriculum requirements. Browse Marquette Class Search to see what classes are offered. 


Check Your Checkmarq! 
Fall 2024 course appointment times are displayed to students in CheckMarq account in March.  Students register by appointment between April 2nd, 2024 through April 19th, 2024. Registration is open to all students after the last day of the appointment period. 


Spring Break is approaching! 

Spring Break will occur March 11th-15th, 2024.

April 2024

Finals Week approaching fast!

With the semester coming to an end, finals are approaching fast.  In preparation for the end of the semester, encourage students to reach out to academic resources on campus such as the Tutoring Center, Raynor Memorial Library, the Ott Memorial Writing Center, the Counseling Center, and their professors. Finals will be taking place from May 6th through May 11th.


Staying focused

As temperatures start to rise, it is important to continue to encourage students to balance work, play, and possibly join study groups or set attainable short-term goals to stay focused on classes and assignments as students often find it more difficult to concentrate during this time.


Student Employment Opportunities 

It is never too early for students to begin preparing for their post-graduation career. Summer jobs and internships are valuable opportunities to learn skills for future jobs and create a network of professional contacts. Such programs include resume critiques, interview practice, and job and internship search skills.  Encourage your student to take advantage of Career Services and visit the Handshake and JobX employment websites to see what opportunities are out there. 


May 2024

Residence Hall Move-out Information 

Residence Hall move out is during the week of finals May 6th – May 11th. It is important for students to thoroughly clean out their dorms and reach out to their RA for a complete check-out. Saturday the 11th at 12 pm is the deadline for students to have been completely moved-out of residence halls. If students have any belongings that will not be used for future use, there will be bins within the residence halls where students can donate any dry goods, furniture, clothing, etc.  

Staying in Milwaukee during the summer?

There are many places and activities to do while you're staying here. Many students visit places such as Bradford Beach, Third Ward St., Milwaukee Public Market, and much more! Visit Milwaukee to explore all the places Milwaukee has to offer.