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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Summer Conversations

Alcohol/Drug Use/Sexual Violence/Consent/Safety: 

College is an amazing experience, with lots of opportunities for success, growth, and fun! However, there are also points of challenge and more serious instances that are important to talk to your student about before they arrive on campus. For more serious conversations with your student, please visit the Student Affairs Conversation Guide. This guide was created by Marquette staff to help inform discussions with your student on heavier topics that will prepare them for all college experiences. 

Questions to Consider: How will your student’s attitude around drugs and alcohol be? Does your student know what resources are available on campus for advocacy and wellness? What safety measures will you discuss with your student, especially if they are new to city life and Milwaukee? 

Physical Illness and Injury/Mental Health: 

Learn more about the valuable information and guidance you can provide to your student as they learn to handle their own health care and needs. Be sure to check out the For Parents Page on the Marquette Medical Clinic website for conversations to have with your student. Also, the Counseling Center is an important resource for your students to know about on campus, especially when you 

Questions to Consider: Does your student plan to use the Marquette Clinic or a family care provider for their medical needs? Where will your student go to seek help for their mental health? Are there things you can do to support their mental health? 

Budgeting/Spending Money: 

Budgeting and spending are important to discuss with your student to set clear expectations. For more information, Marquette Central has all the resources you need to ensure you know key next steps and important deadlines for a successful college journey. You also have the option to book an appointment with any of the offices within Marquette Central for more clarification and personalized guidance 

If your student is looking for employment opportunities, direct them to the Student Employment Services for more resources. 

Questions to Consider: Does your student know how to budget and plan on doing so? Will you give your student money for specific activities or needs? If so, how much? Is it expected for your student to get a job while at Marquette? If so, have they thought about what kind of job and the hours they will be working while balancing school? 


One important talk to have with your student is about communication. Think about and discuss your expectations for them and learn about their expectations for you regarding contact and communication when they begin their college experience.  

Questions to Consider: What expectations do you have for communicating with your student? How often will you communicate with your student (daily, weekly, monthly)? After dropping off your student, when do they plan to see you again during semester?


Campus Ministry serves all students on their journeys of faith, not just Catholic students! Check their website for upcoming events, programs and spiritual offerings. 

Questions to Consider: Talk to your student about their faith and how/if they will represent it while at Marquette. Will your student participate in religious services? Will your student have a routine basis revolved around their faith? 

Courses and Academic Guidance:

In preparation for SPARK@Home, talk to your student about completing the SPARK@Home New Student Checklist, which they need to do in order to register for fall courses. They will meet with their colleges and be introduced to the Marquette Core Curriculum, the center of every Marquette student’s educational experience. Encourage your student to talk to professors, reach out to Academic Support Services, and utilize the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center along with other opportunities that will help them succeed academically.   

COVID Resources: 

Please Visit Marquette's Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date resources and information from the university. For Milwaukee COVID-19 information, visit the Milwaukee Coronavirus Website.

May 2021

The final push & Residence hall move-out 

Students are facing their final round of papers, projects and exams and often experience a great deal of pressure at this time of the year. This is a great time to send your student a care package and pass along words of encouragement.  

Right after final exams, students will need to pack and prepare their residence hall room to move out. The Office of Residence Life can provide additional information about summer housing options for students choosing to stay or information about summer storage. 

Many students return home for the summer, and others pursue internship opportunities or summer employment in Milwaukee. No matter their plans, students are often exhausted after finals, mentally and physically, and need some time to re-energize.  

Back at home & Staying in touch with friends 

Families should talk with their students about how they’ve seen them grown during the past year and discuss their hopes for the upcoming year. Ask them about what they hope to accomplish in the next year and how they will continue to be involved on campus and in the Milwaukee community. Encourage your student to get involved in out-of-class experiences, even if that didn’t happen last year. It’s never too late. 

Students who leave campus for the summer may wonder what will happen to their friendships during the summer, so encourage them to stay in touch with their classmates.  

First- to second-year transition 

First-year parents and students have just completed a year of change and self-discovery. Next up is sophomore year, which has its own set of challenges. Sophomore are often more comfortable and confident than first-year students. In spite of this, students think they should have everything under control but know they don’t. The excitement and challenge of freshman year is gone, as is the adrenaline rush of transition. The traditional sophomore slump hits mid-year and can linger through spring. Critical issues for sophomores include academic complacency, personal and financial risk, and changing interest and goals.  

Sophomores often take more risks than they did as freshman. This is a year when financial problems – some related to credit cards, for example – can set it. It’s important for parents to discuss expectations and proper money management skills.  

It’s also often a time when students start more serious relationships. It’s important for student to continue to find balance in their social lives and academic pursuits. 

Many sophomores are ripe for identifying, or at least clarifying, their passion in life. It’s still early enough to change majors, so encourage students to embrace their passions and explore majors that might allow them to capitalize on their strengths. 

April 2021

Staying focused 

As temperatures rise, students often find it more difficult to concentrate. Continue to encourage your student to balance work and play and set attainable short-term goals to stay focused on classes and assignments.  The Office of Student Educational Services offers some great study tips for students. Students can also take advantage of the Mental Health Day on April 20 and register and participate in the Marquette Staycation events. 


Summer jobs 

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 start creating a network of professional contacts. The programs, including resume critiques, interview practice, and job and internship search skills. Encourage your student to take advantage of Career Services and visit the Handshake websites to see what opportunities are out there. 


Summer class opportunities 

Whether your student is looking to catch up, get a head start on the fall semester or graduate sooner, Marquette’s Summer Studies program offers hundreds of on-campus options and many online courses, including many popular introductory and University Core of Common Studies classes. Six-week accelerated summer programs allow students to take a class in the morning or evening, leaving plenty of time for a summer job or internship and enjoying summer in Milwaukee. 


Master’s Degree 

Your student could complete a master's degree in one additional academic year, saving significant time and money. Learn more about Marquette’s Accelerated Degree Programs online.   

March 2021

Housing selection  

 In March, students must submit a housing deposit that will activate their preassigned, random assignment times. Current first-year students will receive priority. For more information about this process students should reach out to the Office of Residence Life and view information about Returning Student Housing on-line.  A sophomore housing kickoff event will take place on Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, March 24. 

Fall class registration and declaring a major 

Students will meet their adviser and being planning for course registration for the next year. Students can view their registration times in their CheckMarq account. Those students who are still undecided about which major to choose should be encouraged to explore their options and seek guidance from academic support services. Most students choose a major by the end of their sophomore year, but even those who don’t should start narrowing down options.  Career Services also serves as a resource for students for a variety of topics including selecting a major and how to prepare for a job search. They have a portion on their website devoted to helping family members assist their student with career development.  

February 2021

Winter blahs 

Winter in Milwaukee can be a challenge for some students as the snow flies and the days are shorter. Students may experience the winter “blahs”, and alcohol use tends to increase at this time of the year. Encourage students to bundle up and spend time outside exploring, visit the Rec Center, take advantage of the programming for the Mental Health Days and register to participate in Organization Fest on February 16. 

2021 Orientation Leaders Needed 

If your student is looking for a great way to get involved on campus, encourage them to apply to be a 2021 Orientation Leader!  The Orientation Leader application launched, and the application deadline is Monday, February 15th at 11:59pm. More information about the expectations, commitment, and application process can be found on-line. 

Justice in Action Conference 

This one-day event is a great way for students to more fully engage with Marquette’s mission. Student should register in advance for the February 27th event and can learn more about this year’s conference that will explore Justice, Action, and Engagement! 

January 2021

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.  Ask your student to participate in the new virtual Winter O-fest on Tuesday, January 26.

Get Out to Work Out!

Students can also be encouraged to get out of their rooms and take advantage of what Rec Sports is offering.  The Rec Center and Rec Plex have made modifications for COVID but are still open for students to use these facilities safely. Students can also fine lots of information and wellness resources through the Student Wellness Center.

Marquette Pod Casts

Encourage your student to learn more about Marquette through the variety of Pod Casts that are available. Here are a few to start:

November 2020

 Registration appointment time 

In mid-November, after advising, students register for classes. Registration appointments for undergraduate students are assigned by total number of credits. This process allows students who are closest to completing their degree – and have less opportunity to take certain classes – to have earlier appointments. Marquette Central has a wonderful resource for students on the How Do I…? website. 

Finding ways to engage 
This semester looks very different than those of the past. Students are trying to find new and creative ways to get engaged and find things to do with their peers.  The Office of Residence Life promotes events for students as does the Office of Engagement and Inclusion. Have your student check out a few of these websites and social media pages to get more information. 

Residence Hall Move Out 

Most students are making plans to move out prior to November 25 at noon. Humphrey Hall and Carpenter Hall will remain open and the break housing request form will be available on November 11 Students should be aware that there is a charge for break housing and additional information can be found on the Office of Residence Life’s website. 

October 2020

Spring course registration and advising 

Registration for spring classes for first-year students takes place in mid-November. Students are required to meet with their academic advisers once a semester before registration beings. According to the academic calendar, fall advising is from October 26 to November 6. 

To prepare for their advising meeting, students can use Academic Advisement, an online resource to help them understand which requirements have been met and which ae outstanding. Doing so will increase the amount of time available to discuss topics such as studying abroad, internships and career choices.   

FAFSA Reminder 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2021–22 academic year will be available online starting October 1. Students must complete and submit their FAFSA by January 15 to meet the February 1 priority deadline to be considered for maximum financial assistance for the upcoming school year.   

The Office of Student Financial Aid will send any requests for additional documentation to students’ Marquette email addresses. Students will have 30 days to complete this request to ensure timely processing and full consideration for financial assistance. Missing documents can also be viewed on the to-do list under the Financial Aid tile on CheckMarq. 

 For more information please review the Step by Step Guide to Applying for Financial Aid along with these key steps for applying for financial aid. Any questions can be directed to Marquette Central. 

 Student Leadership Positions 

There are many opportunities for students to be leaders on campus.  Students can apply to be 2021 Resident Assistants and summer SPARK Leaders this fall. 

 University Apartments 

Marquette University Apartments offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom options in safe and convenient living communities on or close to campus. Sophomores and juniors thinking about signing leases for the 2021-2022 academic year can place deposits for university-owned apartments in October. First-year students, who are required to live in on-campus residences as sophomores, submit housing deposits in March. 

 What to do with your booksMessage from the BookMarq 

As classes for the Fall 2020 Semester will be ending the week of Thanksgiving, please remind students that they are encouraged to return any rented textbooks from this term prior to leaving for home.  Please only return rented textbooks that you will not need for your finals. 

For more information about our rental program, visit: 

The Book Marq is scheduled to remodel the bookstore starting on Monday, November 30th.  This will be a three-week process and will do our best to remain open to the public during the construction.  For any questions, please contact us by email at 

September 2020

Resources for students and families 

This fall is full of transitions and changes for students at every level. There is much learning happening from past semesters. New Student and Family Programs put together a variety of workshops and informational videos for new students and their families. These can be helpful for any member of the Marquette community, so please take some time visit the NSFP YouTube page to view these resources, as you help your student navigate the fall. 

There are also a variety of offices and people for students to reach out to for assistance. 

Marquette Counseling Center 

The Marquette University Counseling Center remains committed to supporting students’ emotional well-being and resilience. In accordance with university policies and procedures and public health guidance to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Counseling Center is implementing some changes, but still available for students. 

Marquette Care Team 

The CARE (Campus Assessment Response and Education) Team is a cross-functional team that assesses, refers and/or responds to students identified as demonstrating emotional distress in a coordinated and comprehensive manner with dignity and respect, to help them succeed and to ensure the safety of the university community as a whole. This brochure has more information as well. LINK TO PDF 

Campus Victim Advocates Now Confidential Resource 

As of August 14, 2020, Marquette’s Campus Victim Advocates are a confidential resource which means that they will not report what you share with them to the Title IX Coordinator. University sexual violence victim advocates are available to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or sexual harassment. More information about services can be found on the Advocacy Services website. 

Advocates are available to provide support remotely and can be reached anytime (available 24-7) at (414) 288-5244 or (emails responded to during business hours). Campus advocates are available to accompany students to the hospital if requested. 

Marquette Central 

Students receive notices about tuition to their Marquette email accounts. If students have questions, they should contact Marquette Central. 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. 

July 2020

Be informed

Please encourage your student to continue checking their Marquette email address throughout the summer. The University will be sharing dates and important information about how campus will look in the fall.  The campus community is working hard to ensure the safety of the everyone and updates can be found on Marquette's COVID-19 website and in the news publication Marquette Today

Academic Success

This fall semester will be different than the past, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Educational ServicesThey are still offering many programs and tools to help students be successful in the virtual and classroom settings. Students should reach out early for assistance and review the resources available to them.

Preparing for Independence 

Away from home, students are learning to make independent and responsible decisions as an adult. Take some time to review this booklet from the Division of Student Affairs, to help guide conversations.  Enjoy time with your student and take pride in the growth they have achieved and discuss your expectations as a college student.

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. We encourage students and families who have questions about their bill or financial aid or who are experiencing changed financial circumstances to reach out to Marquette Central via email at or via phone at 414-288-4000. 

August 2020 

Preparing for Fall 

As students prepare for the fall semester Marquette has asked them to review lots of information. It will be helpful if you can spend time talking with them about their thoughts and opinions on our Community Pledge and the importance of this document for the entire Marquette community. 

Additionally, it is good for them to be aware of the resources that the Counseling Center has available to help them through the fall semester. They have provided a list of COVID-19 Resources and Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Resource Guide which will be helpful prior to the start of classes and during the academic year ahead.