New Student, Transfer Student and Family Orientation

Orientation written in gold

Welcome to Marquette University!

SAVE THE DATE: New Student Orientation 2020 will be August 27 - 30!

New Student Orientation is an exciting event for the Marquette community. New Student Orientation 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, August 27 (also first-year student and transfer student move-in day for the residence halls) between 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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 - Updated for Orientation!

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 2019 - 2020 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 Guide! If you prefer to explore online, you can view Marquette New Student & Family Guide in your browser. Check out our Orientation At-A-Glance schedule for a high-level view of the four days.

Milwaukee Excursions - Ticket Sales Begin August 1

Milwaukee Excursions occur on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 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 beginning on August 1 through Eventbrite for Milwaukee Excursions. Start planning your Saturday of Orientation by viewing our Excursions Schedule!

Commuters at Marquette - RSVP by August 9

Commuters at Marquette is designed to offer first-year commuter students support and resources that will assist with their transition to Marquette. This specialized program, including free lunch, will take place on Thursday, August 22, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, room 227. To get an accurate count for lunch, please RSVP here by Friday, August 9th.

Meals During Orientation
Meals during Orientation are served in the Dining Halls, beginning with dinner on Thursday. Residential students may gain access to the Dining Halls 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 Dining Halls with their groups.

Parking for New Student Orientation is free on Thursday, August 22, and Friday, August 23. 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