Marquette University

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Marquette University is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic university in the United States. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1881, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Marquette University is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It currently has a student body of 11,000. The two largest colleges are devoted to engineering and life sciences.

Marquette University

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Motto: Numen Flumenque
(God and the River)
President Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J.
School type Private
Religious affiliation Jesuit
Founded 1881
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Enrollment 7,600 grad., 3,400 post-grad.
Faculty 730
Endowment ?
Campus surroundings Urban
Campus size 80 acres (320,000 m²)
Sports teams To be decided
Mascot To be decided


Marquette is located on an 80 acre (320,000 m²) campus in Milwaukee. The center of campus is the Alumni Memorial Union, the student union. The five-story brick building was completed in 1990, and features a ballroom for 800 guests, a 500-seat auditorium, and the campus bookstore. Memorial Library, containing many of J. R. R. Tolkien's original writings, serves as the main library on campus. It is complemented by additional law and science libraries. Gesu Church is considered to be the spiritual center of the campus and was completed in 1894. St. Joan of Arc Chapel is also located in Marquette.

The famous Haggerty Museum of Art is also a permanent fixture in the university. The museum now features more than 8,000 works from Old Masters to contemporary art including Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Keith Haring and Roberto Matta.


Marquette was founded in 1881 and was named after Father Jacques Marquette, S.J.. The school attained its status as a university in 1907. In 1912, the relatively young Marquette became the first co-ed Jesuit university.


Today the University includes 11 schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Communication
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Professional Studies
  • Graduate School
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Law


Marquette's 11,000 students come from all 50 states and represent over 80 countries. The university has over 160 student organizations in various fields of interest. The student newspaper is named The Marquette Tribune and was founded in 1916. Marquette Radio and MUTV, the student Radio and Television stations, respectively, launched in the late-60s - mid 70s.

Sports, clubs, and traditions

Marquette's intercollegiate athletic teams were the Warriors from May 1954 to July 1994 when the nickname was changed to Golden Eagles. Prior to Warriors, Marquette was known as "Golden Avalanche" and "Hilltoppers." In 2005, the nickname was briefly changed to simply "Gold," but an intensely negative reaction by students, faculty and alumni caused the university to call for a vote to be held in the near future.

The school's colors are blue and gold. Marquette is a Division I-AAA (non-football) member of the NCAA and competes in the Conference USA. In 2005, the school will join the Big East Conference.

The school is known for the success of its men's basketball team. The team, then known as the Warriors, won the 1977 NCAA Tournament and were runners-up in 1974. In 2003, the team defeated Kentucky to reach the Final Four. The team plays in the nearby home of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bradley Center. The women's team plays in the Al McGuire Center, named after the former Marquette coach.

Marquette's football team appeared in the first Cotton Bowl in 1937 against Texas Christian, losing 16-6. Big-time football was last played on the MU campus in 1960. The sport has since been brought back at the club level.

Athletic rivals include Wisconsin, Notre Dame, DePaul, and Cincinnati.

Notable alumni

Accomplished professors

External links

Template:Conference USA Template:Big East Conference


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