Written by Theresa Murphy
Campus visits are an important part of deciding what college to attend. Getting a feel for the school and trying to imagine yourself as one of the students walking on campus is a good way to see if it’s the right fit for you. There are some things that you should look for on every campus, and some that are specific to each campus. Here are 5 things to look for on a campus visit at Marquette University.
1. Look for people to talk to beside your tour guide. Talk to students who are not paid to give you a tour by the university. While my tour guide at Marquette did a wonderful job selling the university, it was my conversations with random students at a lunch table that convinced me that Marquette had a good combination of educational and social opportunities and would be a place I could imagine attending. Even just look at the people who are passing by you. A lot of the charm of campus visits is that you get to see how students act on campus. Do people look like they’re enjoying themselves or do they look stressed? Are they walking with groups of friends or is everybody just rushing from place to place? You can get a good feel of a campus culture simply from observing how current students are acting.
2. Look for the food options. Marquette has four dining halls, in addition to food vendors in the Alumni Memorial Union and five cafes. These dining options are spread out around campus. However, beyond just looking at the dining hall options, you should also look around at the surrounding neighborhood for nights when you just want something different. Burger King, Jimmy Johns, and Starbucks are all on campus, as well as some more local restaurants such as a hot dog chain, burger joint, and breakfast spot.
3. Look for the size of the campus. When taking tours of campus, you often forget that your classes may not all be in the same building, or even on the same side of campus. Know yourself and know what you want. If you’re the type of person who is good at planning and gives themselves extra time, a larger state-school campus might be the perfect fit for you. But if you’re the type of person who is always running late and doesn’t give themselves enough time to get to class, a smaller campus, like Marquette’s, might be for you. Marquette’s campus is small, and classes are no father than 10 minutes from each other, so you can easily have classes back to back and make it with time to spare.
4. Look at the posters on campus. It’s important to know not just about the school’s educational opportunities, but their social opportunities, as well. Look out for posters that advertise the events clubs, student government, or offices are putting on. Posters give you a good feel for the types of social opportunities the school offers. Also look around campus or ask students about things they do for fun. There are always advertisements for the movie or concert of the week on Marquette’s Varsity theater, and you can see Marquette’s Annex bowling sign from the Alumni Memorial Union.
5. Look for the unique features of the campus. Every campus has unique things that they present to you during your campus visit. During my tour of Marquette, I was told about the J.R.R. Tolkien collection housed in their library, the Alumni Memorial Union that was built with alumni donations and served as the heart of the university, and their nationally recognized cadaver labs. Although I was not a biomedical student and would never use the cadaver lab, it is still a point of pride for me as a Marquette Alum because it is a point of pride for Marquette to be able to offer undergraduate students the opportunity for hands on learning that will help them make a difference in their field. Learn about the unique features that the school is proud of and you’ll get a good idea of the school’s priorities.