Marquette University to enroll middle school students into engineering program

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:22 am

Marquette University is the latest Milwaukee-area school to hop aboard an enrollment trend that directly admits promising middle school students into select degree programs.

Marquette has formed a partnership with the United Community Center to guarantee enrollment to eligible students attending Bruce-Guadalupe Community School into the Opus College of Engineering.

The UCC operates the Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, a K-8 charter school that includes Bruce-Guadalupe Middle School. The school’s population largely consists of low-income, Hispanic students.

Starting with the class of 2016, Bruce-Guadalupe middle school students who excel academically will gain admission to Marquette’s engineering program.

Selected students will receive professional advising, career exploration opportunities, financial aid, the chance to interact with engineering students and professionals, and admission to academic and career fairs – courtesy of Marquette.

“Many students at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School are the first in their families to pursue a college education, and we are pleased to assist these students as they succeed during their high school years,” Kristina Ropella, Ph.D., Opus dean of the Opus College of Engineering, said in an announcement. “These students will help provide a diversity of perspectives helping Marquette engineers solve challenges facing our world, including access to clean water, safer infrastructure, cleaner energy and healthier people.”

Bruce-Guadalupe Community School students are touring Marquette’s engineering facilities today.

Similar to Marquette, Carroll University is directly admitting Bruce-Guadalupe students into its health sciences disciplines, and Alverno College is allowing young women to secure early enrollment in its undergraduate studies programs.

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