Marquette welcomes the Class of 2025 | Move-in Day recap (with photos)

Photos by Jesse Lee, senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing in Communication

Today at 8 a.m., more than 1,650 first-year students from 37 states, three U.S. territories and eight foreign countries began moving into Marquette residence halls. A blessing for new students and their families by Rev. James Voiss, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry, followed.

President Lovell greeted students this morning, handing out keys at The Commons, while Marquette Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart and Men’s Basketball student-athletes also greeted families and helped students move in.

New Student Orientation will take place today, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 29. Convocation — considered the formal welcome to Marquette for new students and their families — will take place tomorrow, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. on Central Mall, south of Wisconsin Ave. and adjacent to St. Joan of Arc Chapel.

First-year students will continue to arrive through tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 25. Second-year students will return beginning this Friday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 29. The first day of classes for all undergraduate students is Monday, Aug. 30.

Importantly, more than 90% of students enrolled for fall 2021 are vaccinated. Students who received an exemption are required to participate in mandatory COVID-19 testing, complete the daily COVID Cheq screening process, quarantine for 14 days if they came into close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, and follow all other university-wide protocols related to COVID-19 mitigation.

Class of 2025 Fast Facts
First-year class figures as of Aug. 17

  • 1,651 students from 37 states, three U.S. territories and eight countries
  • Over 17,000 students applied
  • 33% students of color
  • 20 valedictorians and an average SAT score of 1,269, which is among the highest in Marquette history
  • 24% are first-generation college students; 21% are legacy students
  • 36% hail from Wisconsin
  • Students from Milwaukee and Waukesha counties rose nearly 24% from last year
  • The top feeder school is Ronald Reagan Prep High School in Milwaukee with 24 students. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School sent 21 graduates to Marquette, the third-most. Loyola Academy in Chicago is second with 22 graduates.
  • The Urban Scholars Program welcomes a 45-student cohort, its first cohort since expanding with 40 additional full-tuition scholarships last fall. Urban Scholars is a Marquette program which offers scholarships to high achieving, low-income scholars from urban high schools, targeting the Milwaukee area. Among the 45 students are 34 students from the City of Milwaukee