Marian University Welcomes Largest Freshman Class In School History

FOND DU LAC, Wis. –Marian University began the new academic year by welcoming the Class of 2021 to campus on Monday, August 28. The Class of 2021 consists of over 350 new freshman students, the largest freshman class in the history of Marian University. 


Students from high schools within Wisconsin, 23 other states and students from Canada, Germany, and Sweden make up this year’s class. The incoming transfer class is 12% larger this fall as well, pushing the total undergraduate enrollment to over 1,200 students. The increase in enrollment has led to a surge in the number of students living on campus by 60% compared to last fall.


“We are pleased to welcome the Class of 2021 and their families to the Marian University community. We are blessed to have the largest freshman class in school history join us this fall,” said Jason Harmon, vice president for enrollment management. “The decision by our President and the Board of Trustees to reduce tuition by $910 resonated with our students and their families. The addition of Men’s Lacrosse this academic year has drawn student-athletes from not only the Midwest, but from states as far away as Arizona, Maryland, and Texas. With the Center of Health Professions opening last spring and the construction of the new Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour Science Center beginning this fall, it is an exciting time for our students, faculty, and staff.”


Those interested in the 2018-19 school year are encouraged to attend one of Marian University’s fall open houses; information can be found at


Marian University was founded in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wis. The institution has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in the state, and strives to live its core values as a community committed to learning, dedicated to service and social justice and joined together by spiritual traditions. Marian offers undergraduate, adult, master’s and doctoral degree programs at its main campus and in facilities throughout Wisconsin.