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Overall Score: 73.64

Marquette University

Marquette is a Jesuit Catholic university with over 8,500 undergrads and about 3,300 graduate students. Its campus in downtown Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin, sits on the western shore of Lake Michigan, about 100 miles north of Chicago. Marquette has 11 schools and colleges and offers about 80 majors and 80 minors. About 65% of students come to Marquette from outside of Wisconsin, hailing from nearly every state and some 80 countries. Biology, finance, engineering and nursing are all popular degree programs, which helps explain why recent graduates go on to earn comparatively high salaries, with median earnings of about $72,000. In addition to academics, Marquette is widely known for its athletics, with 14 men's and women's teams competing in the Big East Conference. At the beginning of each semester, students can learn about campus organizations at the popular O-Fest. The school's Jesuit affiliation makes its mark on campus life: The 600-year-old St. Joan of Arc Chapel, which has been at Marquette for six decades, is the heart of campus, and Mission Week is an annual period of reflection on spirituality at the school.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$64,400
% of students who get any grants
95%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$36,700
Average price for low-income students
$18,590

Admissions

Acceptance rate
83%
Median SAT/ACT score
1220/27
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
8,260

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
80%
% of students who get merit grants
38%
Average merit grant
$15,580

Student Success

Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
$24,000
Early career earnings
$72,490
% earning more than a high school grad
85%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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