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Seeing as I may be going to MCW next fall, I have a question about two undergrad schools. My wife will be transferring to either Marquette University or Carroll College and was wondering if anyone who went to either of them or who is from the Milwaukee area can shed some light on the pros and cons of each school. Also, which one is better? Marquette seems to appear a tad more prestigious (on the surface anyway) but has one drawback --- she's not religious and wants to avoid all the "Jesus loves me" stuff. Is this very prominent at Marquette? By the way, she has already been accepted to both schools.

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I grew up next door to Carroll College in good ole' Waukesha WI. It is a beautiful area. Have you actually toured the two schools? As far as locations, they are extremely different: Marquette is much more urban, while Carroll is, well not (My elementary school is sandwiched in the middle of their "campus"). I would consider Marquette a more prestigous school with possibly better facilities, yet considering the location and the people you will encounter there, may tilt the scales in Carroll's direction. Of course, I am also biased toward my home town.
What is your wife studying?? I hear Carroll's education programs are pretty good...

Hope it helps.
 
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clstar22 said:
I grew up next door to Carroll College in good ole' Waukesha WI. It is a beautiful area. Have you actually toured the two schools? As far as locations, they are extremely different: Marquette is much more urban, while Carroll is, well not (My elementary school is sandwiched in the middle of their "campus"). I would consider Marquette a more prestigous school with possibly better facilities, yet considering the location and the people you will encounter there, may tilt the scales in Carroll's direction. Of course, I am also biased toward my home town.
What is your wife studying?? I hear Carroll's education programs are pretty good...

Hope it helps.
Thanks for your input, I really appreciate it. She is actually leaning strongly towards education, so that's good to hear. She hasn't been to either school yet, but she'll definitely do so before deciding. Just trying to get some "insider" perspective to go along with what's "officially" published and what the unbiased tour guides tell us.
 

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Code Brown said:
Seeing as I may be going to MCW next fall, I have a question about two undergrad schools. My wife will be transferring to either Marquette University or Carroll College and was wondering if anyone who went to either of them or who is from the Milwaukee area can shed some light on the pros and cons of each school. Also, which one is better? Marquette seems to appear a tad more prestigious (on the surface anyway) but has one drawback --- she's not religious and wants to avoid all the "Jesus loves me" stuff. Is this very prominent at Marquette? By the way, she has already been accepted to both schools.

Thanks.
I live in the Milwaukee area and I am familiar with both schools. Marquette is more prestigius and I don't think that religion is stressed that much. I think it's one of those things that if you want to have a good religious foundation there, then you will otherwise you won't notice it. Check into seeing if she has to take a theo course before graduation and that will tell you. Plus, Milwaukee is not a city that I consider having a lot of "Jesus loves me stuff" so that should not be a problem. The biggest thing is the difference in location of the two places. Marquette is not in the best area at all so being female, it would not be the best idea to be going around off campus alone at night. It's not bad during the day and I don't want you to think it's a crazy murder crazy city (which Milwaukee definately is not), but just having common sense in that area is key. Carroll is in Waukesha which is a nicer, safer area, but the school is much more low key. As for which is better, I know that for applying as a freshman that Marquette is more selective, but I do not know how the classes compare to one another. I hope this helps.
 

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I grew up in the Milwaukee area and was considering Marquette for my undergrad and so looked into the theology stuff to as I am not Christian. From what I got out of it and from my friends that did go to Marquette, there is not a big emphasis on the Jesus stuff and I'm not sure if they changed it or not, but when I would have entered, which would have been 2000, they did require a theology class, but you could choose to take other religious classes to fulfill that requirement. I have also had other family members go there and they did not feel the "Jesus" pressure at all. All of my family that have attended the school are now in well paying jobs in Chicago, San Fran. and other areas such as that.

Carroll College, I have had heard is good for education and I have 3 friends that just graduated from their education program and have found immediate jobs in the suburbs of Milwaukee: Oak Creek, Cudahy, and also Waukesha.

I think either way, both schools are great. Hope this helps.
 

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Code Brown said:
Seeing as I may be going to MCW next fall, I have a question about two undergrad schools. My wife will be transferring to either Marquette University or Carroll College and was wondering if anyone who went to either of them or who is from the Milwaukee area can shed some light on the pros and cons of each school. Also, which one is better? Marquette seems to appear a tad more prestigious (on the surface anyway) but has one drawback --- she's not religious and wants to avoid all the "Jesus loves me" stuff. Is this very prominent at Marquette? By the way, she has already been accepted to both schools.

Thanks.
Marquette!!!

Marquette is a better school, and I have worked with some professors from there who are great. Also, if you are going to MCW Marquette is closer to Wauwatosa than Carol College is. Don't worry about the jesuit thing-- it's a university! There isn't as much of that as you would think. Another option is UWM (ie, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee).
 
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Selfish bump.

Thanks to everyone that has replied so far. Any other comments would definitely be appreciated.
 

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I'm from Waukesha and went to high school down the street from Carol College. Honestly, if I had the choice between the two I would say to go to Marquette because it's not only a better school, but it will be closer to MCW also. I have a few friends that are in their last year at Marquette and they like it a lot (and they aren't the most religious either).

I hope this helps you some. Hopefully I'll see you next fall at MCW if you chose to come. Best of luck with your decision.
 

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I'd go with Marquette between the two. It might be Jesuit, but it's still a university.

Why not UW-Milwaukee? It's about 1/5 of the cost.
 
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I'd go with Marquette between the two. It might be Jesuit, but it's still a university.

Why not UW-Milwaukee? It's about 1/5 of the cost.
Since we'll be out of staters, UWM tuition would be ~$19K. Marquette is ~$22K and Carroll is ~$19K.
 

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I went to Carroll for a year (2000-2001) before transferring to Green Bay, where I'm much happier (I followed a girl there, but we broke up...I still say it was the smartest stupid thing I ever did).

Overall, Carroll was a nice school. But I got a very "preppy" vibe from it sometimes. There wasn't a whole lot of diversity, but with a student body that small, you can't expect it.

If I recall, they went through some turmoil a few years ago involving certain programs being cut or separated from the college, but I honestly can't say for sure what happened.

The facilities are pretty nice, but again, it's a small school, so there isn't a buttload to offer. The library is comfy, but they're really anal about food and drink in there.

*EDIT*: The religious aspect isn't very pushed here either. But there are "convocations" which students have to attend 2 per year. They're usually award ceremonies, opening year ceremonies, graduations, etc. It was kind of a pain in the but. These aren't very religious either, but still have a hint of those "values" baked in.

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Well I think some of this has been said already, but hey:

Carroll has an amazing education program, and if that is what your wife is planning on doing, I would recomend it on that alone.

Otherwise, there still is the theology requirement at Marquette, but there is no pushiness with religous issues at all. (Pushiness with trying to be better than UW-Madison, yes, but that's another story. :D ) Marquette is very urban, and there always seems to be something going on, as it is in downtown Milwaukee.

Carroll is much smaller, and Waukesha is much quieter and "calmer" is the best way to put it, I guess. Like others have said, there is an elementary school in the middle of the campus, and two high schools within blocks of the campus (one private, one public- I drove through Carroll's campus everyday to get to HS>) MCW isn't that much closer to Marquette than Carroll, especially during rush hour. The Waukesha/Brookfield area is a great place to live and raise a family.

Anyway, I have friends that go to both schools, and everyone is happy with their respective school. I think maybe consider where you are planning on living, as well as your wife's intended major and you'll come to the decision that is best for you.
 

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Code Brown said:
Since we'll be out of staters, UWM tuition would be ~$19K. Marquette is ~$22K and Carroll is ~$19K.
Ah, in that case, I'd probably go with Marquette.
 

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Those are two no name school anyway. Pick a school that you and your wife like the best. For the people who is not from Wisconsin, they are pretty much the same. Pick either one. That is my perspective from an out of stater. Hopes that help.
 

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Um, Marquette has a rather decent name for itself, but I barely know a thing about Carroll. I'm not sure what you're smoking, but I'll have some too.
 

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Um, Marquette has a rather decent name for itself, but I barely know a thing about Carroll. I'm not sure what you're smoking, but I'll have some too.



I would definately have to agree. Marquette is a great school and has a good name for itself. I do not know where you get off calling it a no name school. snot.
 

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I also agree. I'm from Waukesha but I go to school at Penn State, and when I've mentioned Marquette to some friends here they knew of it. Marquette has a good program and while some people may not know it, many people do. Just my $.02
 

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cam22 said:
I would definately have to agree. Marquette is a great school and has a good name for itself. I do not know where you get off calling it a no name school. snot.

Yeah.. Marquette definately is more known around the US. I know people from different states that have heard of Marquette, but no one knows about Carroll unless they live in the Milwaukee area. Granted part of Marquette's name has to do with the basketball program, but at least inside the Midwest, Marquette is known for their good undergrad program.