Marquette University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Marquette University is a private, Jesuit research university with an acceptance rate of 82%. Established in 1881 and located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marquette offers 83 undergraduate majors as well as pre-professional programs in law, medicine, and dentistry. For strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Marquette was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Academics are supported by a 14-to-1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Marquette Golden Eagles compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. Popular sports include soccer, basketball, track and field, lacrosse, and golf.

Considering applying to Marquette University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Marquette University had an acceptance rate of 82%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 82 students were accepted, making Marquette's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 15,574
Percent Admitted 82%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 17%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Marquette University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 32% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. Note that beginning with the 2019-20 admissions cycle, Marquette University will become test-optional.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 660
Math 570 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Marquette's admitted students fall within the top 35% natIonally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Marquette scored between 580 and 660, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 660, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 660. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1320 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Marquette.

Requirements

Marquette does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Marquette does not superscore SAT exams; the admissions office will consider your highest composite score across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Marquette requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 81% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. Note that beginning with the 2019-20 admissions cycle, Marquette University will become test-optional.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 31
Math 24 28
Composite 24 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Marquette's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Marquette University received a composite ACT score between 24 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Note that Marquette does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score across all test dates will be considered. Marquette strongly recommends that students submit at least one ACT with writing score.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of Marquette University's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.38 and 3.86. 25% had a GPA above 3.86, and 25% had a GPA below 3.38. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Marquette University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Marquette University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Marquette University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Marquette University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Marquette University, which accepts more than three-quarters of applicants, has somewhat competitive admissions. However, Marquette also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Note that applicants may submit an additional personal statement as well as additional letters of recommendation to add to their application. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Marquette's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of 1050 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 21 or better.

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