9 things you didn’t know about Marquette University

As Marquette University’s men’s basketball team competes in its 51st postseason appearance in program history (which puts them in the top 10 among all Division I programs), here are 9 things you didn’t know about the home of the ninth-seeded Golden Eagles:

1. We’re ranked 6th in the country for job placement. Marquette was ranked 6th in the nation and first in Wisconsin for job placement 10 years after graduation, based on Department of Education College Scorecard data as reported in rankings released by Zippia.com. Check out some of the jobs our students are securing on the You Are Marquette Instagram!

2. We’re located in a great city on a Great Lake. Milwaukee is consistently ranked as one of the most affordable places to live in the country and is home to the NBA World Champion Milwaukee Bucks. Lake Michigan is a short walk from campus, and the lakefront boasts a renowned art museum, festival grounds, and parks and beaches with plenty of space for swimming, volleyball, kayaking, or just chilling. Our campus is a 90-minute drive from Chicago, making us centrally located no matter where you call home.

3. We’re home to orcs, goblins, elves and quidditch. Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Libraries are home to the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection that includes original manuscripts and drafts of three of the author’s most celebrated books — The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Farmer Giles of Ham, as well as other Tolkien memorabilia. Beyond quidditch, we also have over 50 club and recreation sports and more than 300 student organizations — there’s truly something for everyone.

4. You’ll really know your professors, and they’ll know you. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1, meaning your professors will know your name and your major. Student success is our top priority. We already have the highest graduation rate of any private institution in Wisconsin, which means we provide hands-on support from the moment students set foot on campus to their first destination after graduation.

5. Our Catholic, Jesuit mission is a part of everything we do. 41 Jesuits call Marquette home and actively support our mission and ministry among students, faculty and staff. There are 14 chapels on campus, including the 15th century St. Joan of Arc Chapel. 20 Catholic Masses are held each week between university chapels and the Church of the Gesu.

6. We learn by doing. Experiential learning is essential to a Marquette education, with 75% of students participating in an internship experience in the field. 80% of undergraduates participate in community service at Marquette, whether as a part of a class, with a student organization or on their own.

7. We champion big ideas. Inside our innovation center, the 707 Hub, we’re constantly collaborating across disciplines to uncover the next breakthrough — and our student-run venture capital firm is funding some of the most promising initiatives.

8. We’re connected by a common call. Our alumni are always ready to connect — our award-winning Marquette Mentors program pairs a student with an alum who gives them insight into launching a career and navigating life after college. And, wherever they are in the world, our network of 100,000+ alumni always gets pumped when they hear our rallying cry: “We Are Marquette!”

9. We’re pretty good at basketball. But you already knew that. We also have 15 other NCAA Division I teams that compete in the Big East, offering a dynamic experience for student-athletes and spectators. Go Marquette!