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Colleges / Marquette University

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate87%

Marquette University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Marquette University. The acceptance rate at Marquette University is 87%. Out of 15,883 applications received in 2023, 13,851 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Marquette University, the regular decision application deadline is December 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Marquette University for fall should anticipate a decision by December 21.

Marquette University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Marquette University's admissions stats.

Marquette University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 17%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 30%
Waitlist Yes

Marquette University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Marquette University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 12 1 December 21

Applying Early to Marquette University?

Marquette University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Marquette University Admissions

Transferring to Marquette University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Marquette University

Marquette University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Marquette University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Marquette University

What does Marquette University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Marquette University for more information on admission factors.

Marquette University Application Requirements

To apply to Marquette University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Marquette University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation x
Transcript(S) of College Record
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5 3.4

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Marquette University?

Students admitted to Marquette University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 23% submitted a class rank. At Marquette University 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 61% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Marquette University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 7.06%
3.75 and 3.99 28.54%
3.50 and 3.74 26.78%
3.25 and 3.49 20.17%
3.00 and 3.24 12%
2.50 and 2.9 5.24%
2.00 and 2.49 0.2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Marquette University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Marquette University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 17% of Marquette University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 30% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Marquette University?

To be competitive with other Marquette University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1180 and 1350 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Marquette University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1350 and 25% of scored lower than 1180, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Marquette University students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Marquette University students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

To be most competitive at Marquette University, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Marquette University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Marquette University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to Marquette University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Marquette University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Marquette University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Marquette University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Marquette University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Marquette University.

Does Marquette University accept transfer credits?

✅ Marquette University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Marquette University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Marquette University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Marquette University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Marquette University?

❌ No, Marquette University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Marquette University's acceptance rate?

✅ Marquette University has an acceptance rate of 87%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Marquette University?

❌ Marquette University does not offer early decision.

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Marquette University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Marquette University? Marquette University is a somewhat selective institution. The Marquette University acceptance rate is 87%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.


Marquette University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Marquette University is Dec 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Marquette University is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Marquette University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1350


Math SAT Range

580 - 690


Reading SAT Range

590 - 670

Marquette University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Marquette University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.57. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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