Marian University

45 S National Ave, Fond Du Lac, WI 54935-4699

School Details

Marian University is a four-year private Catholic school located in Fond du Lac, WI. Aloysia Leickem and Vera Naber, who were members of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, founded the school in 1936 after learning that religious attire was barred from public schools. The first male student was Hal Hornby in 1940, who attended classes with his wife; however, male students were not officially admitted to the school until 1970. 

Marian University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees with more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors in traditional liberal arts and pre-professional programs.  Schools within Marian University include: Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Safety, Education, and Nursing and Health Professions. Most online courses are delivered asynchronously so that students may learn at whatever time is most convenient for them, as long as they complete assignments by their deadlines.

Marian University’s main campus is in Fond du Lac, WI with other locations including: Agnes Center in Fond du Lac, WI; Appleton Center in Appleton, WI; Milwaukee Center in West Allis, WI; Green Bay in Green Bay, WI at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Bay Port High School; Kuber Center in Fond du Lac, WI; Oshkosh Center in Oshkosh, WI; Plymouth Center in Plymouth, WI; Watertown in Watertown, WI; Wausau in Wausau, WI at Westwood Center and Northcentral Technical College; and West Bend in West Bend, WI.

The main campus offers residence facilities for more than 500 students, including a traditional residence hall, suites, penthouses, townhouses, and apartments. These units are smoke-free, have wireless Internet, TV lounges and common areas, and laundry and storage facilities. Students who live in residence halls are required to have one of the following meal plans:  unlimited plan ($1,175), 75 meal plan ($750), faculty/staff plan ($90), and commuter plans ($60). There are five different dining locations on campus. About 33% of students live on-campus.

Marian University has 2,615 students (1,910 undergraduates) and 277 faculty members, giving the university a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which is among the lowest student-to-faculty ratios of Wisconsin's private colleges. The average class size is 15 students. Of all faculty members, 90 teach full-time and 187 teach part-time. Of all students, about 78% study full-time and about 22% study part-time. The student body contains 73% female students and 27% male students. About 84% of all students are white with the remaining students being Asian, black, American Indian, and Hispanic. About 65% of students are ages 24 and under with 35% of students being ages 25 and above. About 86% of students are from Wisconsin, 13% of students are from out-of-state, and 1% of students are from a foreign country. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 66%, the overall graduation rate is 52%, and the overall transfer rate is 23%.

Students are encouraged to be involved in campus life, which offers several different activities: intramural and varsity sports, student organizations, Campus Ministry, Greek life, honorary societies, and student publications. Campus ministry is intended to provide a deeper understanding of the Catholic tradition through weekly Mass, retreats, sacraments, Scripture study, Rosary, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and outreach to the local area. Sports offered include: men's basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, hockey, soccer and tennis and women's basketball, cross country, golf, hockey, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Athletic teams are members of NCAA Division III and have won 25 conference regular season titles and 15 conference tournament titles in recent years, and have gone to 12 NCAA Division III tournaments in the university's first eight years in Division III.

Special learning opportunities available to students include: ROTC Army, teacher certification, distance learning, study abroad, and weekend/evening college. Students have access to services such as remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare for students’ children.

Tuition costs $22,440 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $700 per year. On-campus living is estimated to cost $5,900 per year with $3,454 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $3,750 per year with $3,454 in additional living expenses. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. About 99% of all MU students receive financial aid.

Every year, around 1,100 students apply to Marian University and 82% of those applicants will be admitted into the school. Statistically, 76% of men and 84% of women who apply will be accepted. To be considered for enrollment, a student must submit a high school transcript, a completed application, and the $20 application fee. Transfer students will be able to transfer previously earned credits from any other regionally accredited college or university if they have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.


Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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