Freshman Application Process
Marquette has a priority application deadline of Dec. 1.
International applicants, refer to the Office of International Education for deadlines.
Applications completed after our deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Application review for admission to Marquette University is completed on a rolling basis. The online application for freshman admission will be available by August 1. Beginning in late September, admission decisions are sent 2-3 weeks following the completion of the application for admission and receipt of all supporting materials.
The application process at many colleges is shrouded in mystery. That's not the way we do things at Marquette. On the following page, we'll connect you with everything you need to know about applying to Marquette, from writing your college essay to telling us about your extracurricular activities.
Our best tip? R-E-L-A-X! We want to get to know you academically and personally. We want to learn all about the things that make you who you are. So brag about yourself in your application, and make sure to follow the advice below.
What you need to send us
To complete your online application, please be sure to submit the following:
- High school transcript
- ACT or SAT test scores; scores must be official or listed on your high school transcript
- School counselor recommendation
- College transcripts and AP exam scores may be sent at a later time and are not needed for freshman application review
Understanding the process
- How do we evaluate your application?
- Freshman application timeline
- What happens after I submit my online application?
- Letters of recommendation
- For applicants and accepted students
- Helpful tips
- Proceso de admisión: información en español
Writing your essay
Telling us about extracurricular activities
We ask you to provide a list of extracurricular activities to get to know you better. We're not looking for students who have 400 activities.
Instead, we would rather see that you have been involved in a few activities, advanced in leadership and been committed to an activity/organization. Be sure to give us a sense of how much time you spend in your activities and highlight any leadership roles. Make sure to explain any activities you think the committee may not know or understand. Though we know what it means to be an Eagle Scout, we may not know what it means to be a member of the STAR club at your school.
Take a look at our sample extracurricular resume below, and download the template for your own use as you apply to colleges.
When you apply to Marquette, we look at the big picture, including:
- High school/college performance (this is most important to us)
- Rank in class (when available)
- ACT (with writing) and/or SAT
- Your essay
- Extracurricular activities
- School counselor recommendation (not required of transfer students)