Originally Marian College, Marian University is a Catholic institution in eastern Wisconsin with a liberal arts-influenced curriculum.
Known by its present name since 2008, Marian was established in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Agnes. It gained its first degree-awarding powers, in elementary education, in 1941. Marian has been coeducational since 1970, having originated as a women’s college.
It is situated in Font du Lac, 60 miles north west of Milwaukee, the state’s largest city. The town’s name translates as “bottom of the lake” owing to its location at the south end of Lake Winnebago, which its famous lighthouse enjoys a spectacular view over.
Since the turn of the millennium, Marian has begun its sixth master’s and first doctoral course, in educational administration and leadership. The campus and the university’s sports facilities have continued to grow steadily.
Business, management, marketing, law enforcement and firefighting are among the popular courses at the institution, which is largely professional-focused with a dose of liberal arts learning. There are also adult degree programmes available, and an early childhood centre. The university has a presence in Appleton, north of the lake, and Milwaukee suburb West Allis, in addition to running outreach programmes in Madison, the state’s capital and second largest city, Green Bay, an industrial port city which is home to American football’s Green Bay Packers, and the smaller cities of Wausau and Watertown.