SPARK (Summer Priority Advising & Registration Kick-off)


SPARK (Summer Priority Advising and Registration Kick-off) is mandatory for all new first-year students as a part of their transition to Marquette. SPARK offers students and their families the opportunity to peer into their lives at Marquette University and prepare for their upcoming transition to college. Students will also register for classes and meet with representatives from the academic colleges and campus community.

SPARK is designed for new students and their parents/guardians who will be helping support their student through their Marquette experience. Family members will have separate programming and schedules to help provide information and answer questions.


For all schedules, maps, handouts, and more, download the Marquette Guide app (Apple Store or Google Play Store), or you can view Marquette Guide in your browser. A detailed SPARK schedule will be live on May 1, 2019.


Personalized registration links are available on your Marquette Student Status page after payment of tuition deposit. Online registration began on January 15, 2019 and has concluded. Please call New Student and Family Programs at 414-288-1412 to register for SPARK.

There is a non-refundable $100 registration fee for this program that must be paid to reserve your spot in your selected session.


Students attending Sessions 1–5 will be assigned overnight housing in one of our residence halls on campus. Guests will need to book their own accommodations on campus by contacting Marquette Conference Services at (414) 288-4737. Accommodations may also be made at local hotels. One on-campus option is Straz Tower.

For students and families traveling long distances, we recommend flying into Milwaukee on Day 1 by 11 a.m. and flying out on Day 2 after 2 p.m.


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




New for SPARK 2019: Students attending Sessions 1–5 will register for courses during SPARK.  We ask that all students bring a laptop that they feel comfortable using to the June SPARK Sessions. If you are unable to bring a laptop, please Request to check-out a laptop prior to May 31.


  • Session 1: June 4–5
  • Session 2: June 9–10
  • Session 3: June 11-12
  • Session 4: June 13-14
  • Session 5: June 17-18
  • Session 6: August 21*

Sessions by college (space is limited and sessions will fill):

  • Klingler College of Arts and Sciences — All Sessions
  • College of Business Administration — All Sessions
  • Diederich College of Communication — All Sessions
  • College of Education -- Sessions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Opus College of Engineering — All Sessions
  • College of Health Sciences — All Sessions
  • College of Nursing — All Sessions

*Session 6 is only for students who are coming from far distances from campus and is our smallest session, as the campus prepares for Orientation and the start of classes. Housing will not be provided to students and families attending Session 6.