Milwaukee, Wisconsin is home to the Jesuit-affiliated Marquette University, a prestigious private research institution. Marquette University, formerly known as Marquette College, was established on August 28, 1881 by the Society of Jesus. John Martin Henni, the first Bishop of the diocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the institution's founder.
With the goal of providing a reasonably priced Catholic education to the region's growing German immigrant population, the institution was given its current name in honour of Father Jacques Marquette, SJ, a Jesuit explorer and missionary who lived in the 17th century.
Marquette University was founded in 1851 as an all-male college, but in 1909 it became the first Catholic university in the world to accept female students, making it the world's first coeducational university.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities includes Marquette University as a member institution. The Higher Learning Commission has given the institution its accreditation, and there are around 12,000 students enrolled there at the moment. It is categorised as an R2 university, which stands for "Doctoral Universities - High Research Activity." The Jesuit Institution of Marquette is both the biggest private university in the state of Wisconsin and one of the major Jesuit universities in the United States.
At its main campus in Milwaukee, Marquette is comprised of 11 schools and colleges, and it provides academic programmes in a variety of fields, including the liberal arts, business, communication, education, engineering, law, and different health sciences specialisations. In addition to offering seminars in Milwaukee and its surrounding suburbs, the institution also offers instruction in the nation's capital. The institution offers more than 68 doctorate and master's degree programmes, in addition to a law school, a dentistry school (the only one in the state), and 22 graduate certificate programmes. The majority of students at the university are working for undergraduate degrees. All of the varsity athletic teams of the institution, which are collectively referred to as the Golden Eagles, are members of the Big East Conference and play at the highest level of the NCAA's Division I in their respective sports.
John Martin Henni, the first Catholic bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and Guillaume Joseph DeBuey, a Belgian businessman, established Marquette College on August 28, 1881, which later became Marquette University. At the time, the institution was known as Marquette College. Marquette University is 142 years old. The missionary and explorer Father Jacques Marquette of the 17th century inspired the naming of this educational institution. The provision of a Catholic education at a reasonable price to the region's growing population of German immigrants was the newly founded college's top objective when it first opened its doors. The year 1887 was the first year that Marquette College awarded its Bachelor of Arts degree to its first five graduates. Between the years 1891 and 1906, the institution only had one full-time lay professor, and many of the courses were taught by students working toward their master's degrees. By the year 1906, Marquette University had conferred the Bachelor of Arts degree on 186 students, the Master of Arts degree on 38 students, and the Bachelor of Science degree on one student.