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.

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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.