Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) is an academic support program especially designed for incoming freshmen who want a jumpstart on the Marquette University experience in a close-knit community. Students self-selecting to participate in this unique program not only work ahead by earning three credits in the summer, but they also benefit from academic support and personalized advising throughout their freshman year.


During the summer, students enroll in one three-credit course (English or Theology) and two college-prep courses. College-prep courses offered in the past have included: Reading & Study Skills, Mathematics Skills, College Writing Skills and Preparation for College Chemistry.

Throughout the summer, students establish a close working relationship with the ESP staff and members of the university faculty. At the same time, students become familiar with campus and the Milwaukee area. Through various service and social events, students develop close friendships with other ESP students, which eases transition in the fall.

Students seeking financial assistance must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form.

Freshman Year

ESP students are a step ahead! Students begin fall having already earned three college credits in the summer.

ESP provides intensive academic support throughout the academic year. Students continue to work closely with the ESP staff with whom they worked during the summer. During the academic year, students receive additional assistance with course selection, major/career exploration and study skills. ESP students have access to tutors, participate in academic workshops designed for their specific needs and build community through ESP-sponsored social and service activities.

This program is administered by the Office of Student Educational Services and more information can be found on the program's website.