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  • Marquette University /mɑːrˈkɛt/ is a private, coeducational Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the central United States

Marquette University facts


  • Established by the Society of Jesus as Marquette College on August 28, 1881, it was founded by John Martin Henni, the first Bishop of Milwaukee
  • The university was named after 17th century missionary and explorer Father Jacques Marquette, with the intention to provide an affordable Catholic education to the area's emerging German immigrant population
  • Initially an all-male institution, Marquette became the first coed Catholic university in the world in 1909, when it began admitting its first female students
  • Marquette is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and currently has a student body of about 12,000
  • Marquette is one of the largest Jesuit universities in the United States, and the largest private university in Wisconsin
  • Marquette is organized into 11 schools and colleges at its main Milwaukee campus, offering programs in the liberal arts, business, communications, education, engineering, law and various health sciences disciplines
  • The university also administers classes in suburbs around the Milwaukee area and in Washington, DC
  • While most students are pursuing undergraduate degrees, the university has over 50 doctoral and master's degree programs and 37 graduate certificate programs
  • The university's varsity athletic teams, known as the Golden Eagles, are members of the Big East Conference and compete in the NCAA's Division I in all sports

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