New Student, Transfer Student and Family Orientation

Orientation written in gold

Welcome to Marquette University!

New Student Orientation is an exciting event for the Marquette community. New Student Orientation, held August 23–26, 2018, includes four days of activities designed to introduce all new students (first-year and transfer) to our academic excellence, vibrant campus life and community involvement that constitute the Marquette tradition. Students living on campus will move into their residence halls on the same day as Orientation begins.

All new first-year students and transfer students are required to check-in for Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 (also first-year student and transfer student move-in day for the residence halls) between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union (Third Floor).

Orientation events are designed to help students be successful at Marquette. For this reason, there are several events throughout the week that first-year and transfer students are required to attend, and a variety of events that are optional.


Marquette New Student & Family Guide

Be sure to utilize this resource as your one-stop shop for all new student and family information including schedules, maps, handouts, and more. The Marquette Guide will be used throughout SPARK, Orientation, Family Weekend and the 2018-2019 academic year! 

Download the Marquette app to your phone by going directly to the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play Store and searching for Marquette Guidebook! If you prefer to explore online, you can view Marquette Guidebook in your browser.

Download the Orientation Schedule at-a-glance*Please note that this schedule does not show full detail of the Orientation schedule. View Guidebook for full details.


Milwaukee Excursions

Milwaukee Excursions occur on Saturday, August 25th, as part of New Student Orientation, and give all Marquette first-year and transfer students the opportunity to explore the city of Milwaukee.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis through Eventbrite for Milwaukee ExcursionsSign up for one or multiple Excursions! Please keep in mind the times of each event if you choose to attend more than one Excursion. Check out this simplified Excursions schedule to help you plan!

Excursions Schedule 2018 

Meals During Orientation
Meals are served in the residence halls, beginning with dinner on Thursday. Residential students may gain access to the cafeterias using the meal plan, accessible with their Marquette Student ID. Commuter students receive meal tickets at Orientation check-in to use for breakfast, lunch and dinner in designated residence hall cafeterias with their groups.

Parking for New Student Orientation is free on Thursday, August 23, and Friday, August 24. Free parking is available in the 16th Street Parking Structure (749 N. 16th Street) and in the Wells Street Parking Structure (1240 W. Wells Street). Please refer to the information you received from the Office of Residence Life regarding parking during move-in. 

Commuter student permits are on sale from the Parking Services Office located in the Wells Street Parking Structure. Day and overnight passes are available. To purchase a permit online, visit


For Orientation questions, please contact the Office of Student Development at (414) 288-1412 or email