The upper half bears the motto Numen Flumenque (meaning “God and the [Mississippi] River”) and the coat of arms of the Loyola family in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.
The gold and red diagonal bands honor seven heroes from the House of Onaz, the maternal side of Ignatius’ parentage, which distinguished itself in battle. The wolves symbolize the generosity of the House of Loyola — even the wolves found something in the kettle on which to feast.
The lower half depicts Father Jacques Marquette, the 17th-century Jesuit missionary and explorer after whom the university is named who lived among various Great Lakes tribes for nine years while seeking to win their commitment to the Gospel. The American Indian represents the numerous native people who accompanied and guided Father Marquette on his explorations of the western Great Lakes and the Mississippi River system.
Be The Difference.
In September 2002, Marquette adopted the tagline "Be The Difference." The university aims to form women and men for others and help students and the entire Marquette community become the kinds of leaders who will make important contributions — who will Be The Difference in their communities.
The athletics monogram was designed for the express use of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports. The interlocking "M" and "U" depict the teamwork that is a hallmark of Marquette athletics, and the classic styling of the letters indicates the long history of athletics excellence at the university. And, most important, the glowing highlighted letters portray the promise of a shining future for our teams and fans.