Secondary school internal academic records:
Please arrange for us to receive an official record that shows
your achievement in each subject in each year for at least the final three years of your secondary school
studies. These are evaluations of your ability from within your own school. They show the quality of your academic performance
as measured by your own teachers or other authorities at your school. In different countries, these internal records may be called
mark sheets, term reports, annual reports, record books, scholar books, etc. If you are still attending secondary school, please send us the internal records that are presently
Please arrange for us to receive an official record that
shows your achievement in all external examinations you have taken. These are evaluations of your ability by education authorities outside your own school. They show the quality of your
academic performance as measured by a testing authority that is outside the control of your own teachers and school officials. In
countries, these external records may be the results of examinations by local university authorities or by regional, national
or international testing authorities. In most countries, students achieve an important external record by taking an external examination
at the end of secondary studies. Some examples of external records at the end of secondary studies in different countries are the
GCSE, HKCE, WASC, EACE, SPM, Maturity Certificate, SMU (SMA), Bachillerato, NCEE, SSCE, ISC and State Board exam results.
SAT or ACT results are only required in the following two cases:
- for students applying as first-year (freshman) whose secondary schools use a U.S. curriculum
- for students applying as first-year freshman from Saudi Arabia who have not completed the prep year commonly required before the start of Saudi university studies. (Official transcripts for the completed prep-year may be submitted in place of an SAT score.)
In general, the SAT-I (Scholastic Aptitude Test) verbal and math scores should each be 500 or higher. The ACT (American College Test) subject scores should be 21 or higher. Marquette University’s SAT code is 1448 and its ACT code is 4610. Students can arrange to take the SAT-I by contacting www.collegeboard.com or the ACT by contacting www.act.org.
If you have attended any post-secondary
please arrange for us to receive the following items for every post-secondary school that you have
- Post-secondary internal academic records - We need an official record of your achievement in each
subject in each term of your post-secondary studies that you have completed. (If you are continuing
studies now, we will need future records later as they become available.)
- Post-secondary external examination results -If your post-secondary education has included any
external examinations, please arrange for us to receive an official record of your results.
- Syllabi or course descriptions - If you have studied at the post-secondary level in a country other than
the United States, we need to receive official statements of the contents of your post-secondary studies
in order to consider your possible transfer credit and proper placement in courses here.
- Hours of instruction - We need to know the number of hours of instruction you have received in each
subject or course.
- Applicants for Fall 2013 and later: Chinese university transcripts, grade reports, certificates and/or diplomas must be verified by the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) – http://cqv.chinadegrees.cn/. The verification report (认证报) for all courses completed at the time you submit your Marquette application must be sent directly to Marquette University before an admission decision will be made. Any courses completed after sending your Marquette application must also be verified by CDGDC and the report (认证报告) must be received before beginning studies at Marquette
If English is not your native language, please arrange for us to receive ONE or more of the following. Please note: After enrolling at ELS, WESLI, or UWM, you cannot gain final admission by submitting a new TOEFL or IELTS score.
- An official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score with section scores of Reading - 18, Listening - 18, Speaking - 20, and Writing -20 or higher
- An official IELTS (Cambridge International English Language Testing System) score with section scores of Reading – 6.5, Listening – 6.5, Speaking – 6.5 and Writing – 6.0.
- Completion of ELS Language Center 112 with a cumulative 3.0 average in levels 110-112 (www.els.edu)
- Completion of WESLI (Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute) levels 600 and 700 with a cumulative B average and also a B or above in both the 700 Listening/Speaking and 700 Reading/Writing courses.
- Academic records showing extensive achievement (typically at least 4 semesters) in a wide range of subjects in U.S. secondary or post-secondary studies.
- Official results from the STEP EIKEN exam
Conditional admission to Marquette is available to applicants if all of the required application materials, except for the English language evidence, have been received and are satisfactory. Conditional admission is a promise to admit a student when his or her English ability improves to the required standard. Requests for conditional admission should be communicated to the Office of International Education when submitting other application materials. Please note that Marquette University does not offer a full-time intensive English language program.
Please arrange for us to receive a statement regarding your academic and personal qualities. This statement should come from a teacher, guidance counselor or other appropriate official of the school you are now attending or from your most recent school. (In some countries, the internal academic record includes conduct grades, teacher comments or school-leaving evaluations which may fulfill this requirement.)
Evidence of financial ability:
If you will study here with an F-1 or J-1 visa that you plan to receive from the U.S. government by using an I-20 or DS-2019 document from Marquette University, then we must verify in advance that you will have adequate funds for your student career here.
There are a number of methods we can use to verify your funds, but the most common is our Financial Sponsorship Form.
Students on government sponsorship can also provide a letter of support from their government. For other options, contact the Office of International Education.
Secondary studies: This means the level of education that you complete usually after 10, 11 or 12 years of formal study, usually at age 16, 17 or 18, depending upon your country’s education system. In most countries, the final three, four or five of those years are called secondary studies.
Post-secondary studies: This means any formal academic study that is more advanced in content than the secondary studies. In most countries, post-secondary studies begin with regular university enrollment. In some countries that use the British pattern, students begin post-secondary work at Advanced Level in classes called Form VI (or elsewhere, Form V). If your education system requires 13 years of formal study to complete the secondary studies of your country, we may consider that 13th year to be post-secondary.
Official records: To be official, a record or document must have upon it an appropriate fresh ink printing, signature, stamp or raised seal to certify that its content is true. (A plain photocopy without this original ink certification upon it or a fax copy is not an official document.) In some countries a student’s school or other education agency can issue many original copies of the same record. If this is true in your country, you should arrange for us to receive one of these original copies. In other countries, a school or other education agency will issue only one original document. If this is true in your country, you should arrange for us to receive a photocopy of the original document with the fresh certification placed upon that photocopy by the appropriate official.