Talk with Your Student

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

September 2019

A time of transition – for the student and parent 

During the first year, and throughout college, students will move between being out in a world that’s exciting and needing to know their parents and families will always support them. Some students will thrive immediately; others will need more time to get comfortable. No matter the pace, the next four years are an important transition to independent adulthood. 

It’s also an important milestone for parents and families, transitioning from provider and protector to mentor and confidant. 

Stay in touch – visit during Family Weekend! 

Marquette encourages families to stay in touch with their students and send care packages to celebrate their successes while also encouraging them to take advantage of university resources when they are struggling. 

First-year students living on campus are encouraged to stay at Marquette on weekends during the first semester as much as possible. It is a crucial time to make new friends, adjust to new academic expectations and get involved outside the classroom.  

Family Weekend is September 27-29, 2019!  Visit the website to learn more about the events offered on or off campus. Also, consider just joining your student for a tour of campus or a dinner downtown. 

Living arrangements 

All first-year students living in a residence hall are asked to complete a roommate agreement, including how roommates will navigate different expectations and living styles. Most new students find their living arrangements work if they are open-minded and communicate with one another.  

Current sophomores and upperclassmen may start talking about plans for living in rental houses and apartments. There is no need to rush on housing decisions for 2020-2021, as there is plenty of housing available in the area. Nearby landlords will lease throughout the year for the following fall. The University Apartments (Campus Town, Gilman, Frenn, McCabe, and The Marq) will begin their selection process in October, with building tours and information sessions. Eligible students currently in on-campus housing will received specific emails about the process. More details can be viewed at www.marquette.edu/apartments.

Tuition and bills 

Students receive notices about tuition to their Marquette email accounts. If parents want to receive these notices, they must have their student register a parent’s email for guest access through their CheckMarq account. This also provides access to bursar accounts, e-bills and 1098Ts.