Frequently Asked Questions

 

 SPARK

  • General Questions
  • Preparing For SPARK
  • Advising & Registration
  • For International Students

What is SPARK?

Summer Priority Advising and Registration Kickoff
SPARK offers students and their families the opportunity to prepare for their upcoming transition to Marquette University. Students will learn more about Marquette's Jesuit mission and what it means to be a member of the Marquette community as they prepare to go forth to set the world on fire. This is also an opportunity for advising and completion of the course registration process for the fall semester.

Who attends SPARK?

All first-year students and up to 2 guests. These two guests should be parents/guardians who will be supporting the student through his/her Marquette experience. Separate programs will exist for the guests to provide additional information and answer questions. We do not advise to have young children attend SPARK.

What are the dates of SPARK?

The dates of SPARK are based on the student's designated college. Not every college will be present at each SPARK session. Students will be provided a personalized registration link based on their college after they pay their tuition deposit.

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: June 5-6
  • Session 2: June 10-11
  • Session 3: June 12-13
  • Session 4: June 14-15
  • Session 5: June 18-19
  • Session 6: August 22

* Session 6 is only for students who are coming from far distances from campus and is our smallest session as the campus prepares for Orientation and the start of classes. Housing will not be provided to students and families attending Session 6.

Are any sessions offered in Spanish?

We are excited to offer programming in Spanish at all sessions.

What happens at SPARK?

Full itineraries for both students and parents will be available at the start of summer and available via the Guidebook web-based app. For planning purposes the June sessions will begin with Check-In and a Program & Services Fair from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on day one and conclude formal programming at 1:00 p.m. on day two. There will however, be optional sessions and Open Houses in campus and college offices on the afternoon of day two.

What will students be doing?

Students will be paired with groups of other students within their college, led by a current student at Marquette in order to ease their transition to college. Students will be able to participate in different events on campus, both informative and fun.

What will student's guests be doing?

Guests will have the opportunity to attend information sessions throughout the day, meet other guests and campus administrators, tour campus, and attend an evening reception. This is an opportunity for guests learn how to support their student through the transition to Marquette.

Students will have a separate schedule than the guests to allow for course registration and student focused programming.

How do students and their guests register SPARK?

After paying your Marquette Tuition Deposit, students will receive a personalized link via e-mail on how to register for a session.

What is the cost for SPARK and how do we pay?

The cost is $100 per student and allows the student to bring up to 2 guests. Students will receive a link with their registration confirmation to pay for this event. These payments must be made by May 15th to hold the spot in the desired session.

What is included in the $100 fee?

This cost includes all meals for students and guests, parking, overnight accommodations for the students and all programming throughout the program.

What if a student cannot attend any of the sessions?

Attending SPARK is mandatory for all new students and we hope to provide many options to accommodate summer schedules. Please contact the Office of Student Development at (414) 288-1412 if you have any questions.

Is there an advantage to attending an earlier SPARK session?

No, students will have an equal opportunity to register for their desired classes, as seats will be reserved for a specific number of students at each SPARK session.

Timeline for SPARK Registration

All students must call the Office of Student Development to register for SPARK at 414-288-1412 between 9 AM-3:30 PM Monday-Friday.

Students are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible as space is limited for each session based on your college. We advise students to register and pay prior to May 15, 2017 as spaces are limited at each session based on colleges. We do anticipate that sessions will fill to capacity.

  • Step 1: Receive Acceptance Letter and Pay Tuition Deposit
  • Step 2: Receive Personalized SPARK Registration E-mail Link
  • Step 3: Complete SPARK registration
  • Step 4: Pay for SPARK
  • Step 5: Prepare to join us on campus this summer!

Who should students bring as guests?

The program is designed for students to bring parents, family members, and guardians who are helping the student on their college journey. There are sessions for these guests to learn more about Marquette and their role in helping the student be successful upon returning to campus. Students and their guests will have separate programming sessions to attend.

Where do the students and their guests spend the night?

Students will be assigned housing in one of our residence halls on campus. If necessary, guests will need to book their own accommodations on campus by contacting Marquette Conference Services (414) 288-7887 or at local hotels.

What do students and their guests bring?

Students and their guests are encouraged to bring an overnight bag, also consider bringing casual clothes, comfortable walking shoes, jacket, umbrella, notebook, pen or pencil.

You can also consider bringing a mobile device and a charger. Laptops and tablets are not necessary during the program. Download the Marquette Events Guide App for use during the program.

Is there information I should have with me at SPARK?

YES, make sure you know your Marquette ID and your college. This will allow you to move quickly through several different processes during SPARK.

Will I be getting my Marquette ID at SPARK?

Have your smile ready – you will be getting your Marquette ID picture take on day two of SPARK. You will receive your Marquette ID during August Orientation.

What is included in the student rooms for overnight stay?

Linens, pillows, towels, and blankets are all included. Be sure to remember toiletries and prescriptions as needed.

Where can students and guests store their luggage during the day?

We will have a location on campus for students to store their luggage and the location; information will be available at check-in.

Is there parking available?

Parking will be free for students and their guests attending SPARK in the parking structures located at 16th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and 13th Street and Wells Street.

What meals are included during SPARK?

Students and guests will have 3 meals provided on campus. This will include dinner on day one and breakfast and lunch on day two.

What is the attire for SPARK?

This is summer in Milwaukee and we encourage you to be comfortable. Casual attire is acceptable and shorts and t-shirts are appropriate. Please dress as you would like, but there is no need for formal or business attire during this event.

Additional information will be sent to each student prior to the program.

When do students gain access to their schedules?

With assistance and advising by Marquette University staff, students will gain access to CheckMarq to register for courses during SPARK for those attending Sessions 1 to 5.  Students attending Session 6 will be able to register with the help of the college during July. You may only make changes during your registered SPARK Session. At the end of July all students will be able to update schedules. We want to remind students to add and not drop courses as it could impact their financial aid.

What if a student wants to change colleges?

If students are contemplating changing their college they must contact the Office of Admission, prior to their SPARK session. No college changes will be allowed during SPARK Sessions.

When is the Second Language Placement Exam? Who has to take it?

We encourage students who are interested in placing out of entry Foreign Language Classes to take this foreign language exam at least one week prior to attending their SPARK session. This will allow them to register for the appropriate foreign language courses during SPARK.

Can parents/guardians access their student's records and grades?

Students are able to set-up guest access for anyone they desire to view their financial aid package, their bursar bill and their grades in CheckMarq. You will learn how to do this at SPARK.

What will happen during the college advising sessions?

Each college will give you specific information that will allow you plan for your future course registration. You will have the opportunity to meet staff from your college, learn more about how to use CheckMarq and complete your fall registration.

Do I need to attend anything else besides SPARK?

Yes! International students must attend International Student Orientation starting Monday, August 20. International students must also attend New Student Orientation with all incoming new students starting Thursday, August 23 Saturday, August 25.

What are the dates of SPARK?

The dates of SPARK are based on the student's designated college. Students will be provided a personalized registration link based on their college after they pay their tuition deposit. Students are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible as space is limited for each session based on your college. We do anticipate that sessions will fill to capacity.

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: June 5-6
  • Session 2: June 10-11
  • Session 3: June 12-13
  • Session 4: June 14-15
  • Session 5: June 18-19
  • Session 6: August 22

* Session 6 is only for students who are coming from far distances from campus and is our smallest session as the campus prepares for Orientation and the start of classes. Housing will not be provided to students and families attending Session 6.

Are any sessions offered in Spanish?

We are excited to offer programming in Spanish at all sessions.

Do I need to take an English Language Assessment?

Very likely. Almost all new international students whose first language is not English need to take the English Language Placement Test. The test is given during International Student Orientation. You will receive confirmation of your need to take the test on Monday, August 20, at the first day of International Student Orientation.

How will the results of my English Language Assessment impact my course registration?

The results of this test will determine any required enrollment in Marquette’s English as a Second Language Program classes. ESLP classes are taken in conjunction with regular academic courses and should generally be taken during the first year. Results from ESLP classes are calculated in your GPA and, in all colleges except Engineering, the credits also count toward your undergraduate requirements. Read more about the English as a Second Language Program.