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Marquette University

Marquette University is a private institution that was founded in1881.Ithas a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,387,its setting is urban,and the campus size is 94 acres.It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.Marquette University’s ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Collegesis National Universities,83.Its tuition and fees are $33,244 (2012-13).

Marquette University, a private Catholic, Jesuit school, is in walking distance of downtown Milwaukee, a burgeoning city known for its restaurants, zoo, and athletics. The Marquette Golden Eagles are members of the NCAA Division I Big East Conference and are especially competitive in basketball. The men’s basketball team plays in the Bradley Center, which is also home to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. There is no varsity football team, but enthusiasts of the sport can play at the club and intramural levels. (Snow football is an intramural sport at Marquette, too.) Other unique sports options include coed club waterskiing and wakeboarding and intramural innertube water polo. Students have about 250 clubs and organizations to get involved in, and about 10 percent of the student body takes part in the Greek system, which includes more than 20 fraternities and sororities. To kick off each spring semester, the university holds the Winter Flurry, a week of games and activities that culminates in a semiformal dance known as Snowball. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, unless they reside locally with a family member or guardian. Lake Michigan is a mile from campus, and students can travel on Milwaukee County Transit System buses for free with school ID.

Marquette has more than 20 academic centers and institutes on campus, including the Thermofluid Science and Energy Research Center and National Sports Law Institute. The Les Aspin Center for Government, located on  Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., sends students to study and intern in the nation’s capital for a semester. Notable alumni include Gail Collins, a New York Times columnist; Patrick Eugene Haggerty, cofounder of Texas Instruments; and Chris Farley, an actor who starred on Saturday Night Live and in Tommy Boy. (In that film, Farley’s character, Tommy Callahan, is also a Marquette graduate.)

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