Faculty Handbook: Marquette University Mission Statement

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university dedicated to serving God by serving our students and contributing to the advancement of knowledge. Our mission, therefore, is the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others.


Our students, whether traditional or non-traditional, undergraduate, graduate or professional, come to Marquette University to share our commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all things as a life-long endeavor. They come to join a community whose members - faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni and friends alike - believe that education must encompass the whole person: spiritual and moral as well as intellectual, the heart as well as the mind. And they come seeking the educational, professional and cultural advantages of a university located in the heart of the city. We, in turn, take seriously our responsibility to foster and support excellence in teaching and research, to keep a Marquette education accessible to a diverse population of students, and to offer personal attention and care to each member of the Marquette community.


As a Catholic university, we are committed to the unfettered pursuit of truth under the mutually illuminating powers of human intelligence and Christian faith. Our Catholic identity is expressed in our choices of curricula, our sponsorship of programs and activities devoted to the cultivation of our religious character, our ecumenical outlook, and our support of Catholic beliefs and values, Precisely because Catholicism at its best seeks to be inclusive, we are open to all who share our mission and seek the truth about God and the world, and we are firmly committed to academic freedom as the necessary precondition for that search. We welcome and benefit enormously from the diversity of seekers within our ranks, even as we freely choose and celebrate our own Catholic identity.


As a Jesuit university, Marquette embodies the intellectual and religious traditions of the Society of Jesus. Through an academically-rigorous, values-centered curriculum, our students receive a firm grounding in the liberal arts, preparation for work in a world of increasing complexity and diversity, and formation for life as ethical and informed leaders in their religious, cultural, professional and civic communities. They work with and learn from faculty who are true teacher-scholars, whose research not only advances the sum of human knowledge, but also informs their teaching, and whose commitment to students is fundamental to their intellectual and professional lives.


Through both our academic and co-curricular programs, Marquette strives to develop men and women who will dedicate their lives to the service of others, actively entering into the struggle for a more just society. We expect all members of the Marquette community, whatever their faith tradition, to give concrete expression to their beliefs by giving of themselves in service to those in need. All this we pursue for the greater glory of God and the common benefit of the human community.

Statement of Affirmative Action

Marquette University has proclaimed on a number of occasions, both public and private, that historically as a Christian and Catholic institution it is dedicated to the proposition that all human beings possess an inherent dignity in the eyes of their Creator and equality as children of God. The university entirely and consistently disowns, as a matter of principle, any unlawful or wrongful discrimination against the rights of others. It tolerates no such discrimination in its internal affairs and deplores such discrimination wherever it may exist. The University is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in admissions, financial aid, employment, and housing regardless of race, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The University is also committed to the principle of affirmative action.

While Marquette does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice in its educational program or activities, including employment and admissions practices, it cherishes its right and duty to seek and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its religious character, goals, and mission.

As Marquette is a religious educational institution with Jesuit orientation, sponsorship, and support, it reserves the right to maintain its heritage and destiny as a Christian and Catholic witness in higher education. As a religious educational institution, the University may grant preference to Jesuits in its employment practices.

The Affirmative Action Office, located in Straz Tower, is a resource for employees and students on issues related to the university's equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies and programs. Members of the Marquette University community may contact the Director of Affirmative Action with a concern relative to affirmative action, to seek information or counsel or to file a complaint regarding employment discrimination, with the exception of areas related to disability or veteran's status which should be reported to the Director of Human Resources. The university is committed by law, and in spirit, to affirmative action in all its employment policies and practices.