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Marquette University

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1881 established. 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

Jesuits established Marquette in 1881, making it Milwaukee’s first liberal arts university, and named it for the seventeenth-century missionary and explorer Father Jacques Marquette. The university admitted only male students until 1909, when the first class of female students was enrolled. Marquette currently enrolls about twelve thousand students, and its campus encompasses many city blocks.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Marquette University", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 118-118.

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