Marshall University

1 John Marshall Dr, Huntington, WV 25755

School Details

Marshall University is a four-year public school located in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall was founded in 1837 as Marshall Academy, named for John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Extended campus sites are located in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, Beckley, Logan, and Gilbert. Marshall University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. individual programs are accredited separately.

Marshall University offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, post baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, post-master’s certificates, master’s degrees, post-master’s certificates, and doctor’s degrees (research and professional practice). Marshall is composed of eight undergraduate colleges and schools: the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Information Technology and Engineering, the Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business, the College of Science, the College of Health Professions, and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and four graduate colleges, the general Graduate College, the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, the School of Pharmacy, and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Over 150 online classes are available every semester through Marshall University Online. The MUOnLine classroom is available 24 hours per day. Participation in online classes is mainly through electronic collaboration, discussion forums, and chat groups in addition to assignments.

Marshall University has 13,966 students (10,053 undergraduates) and 1,009 faculty members, giving the university a 19 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Over 40% of classes have less than 20 students and the average class size is 23 students. Of all faculty members, 723 teach full-time and 286 teach part-time. Almost 85% of faculty members hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field.

About 86% of undergraduate students study full-time and 14% study part-time. About 58% of graduate students study part-time and 42% study full-time. The student body contains 57% female students and 43% male students. About 87% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, and Hispanic. About 80% of students are ages 24 and under with 20% of students being ages 25 and above. About 74% of students are from West Virginia and 26% are from out-of-state. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 70% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 58%. The overall graduation rate is 45% and the overall transfer-out rate is 19% .The overall undergraduate graduation rate by gender is 42% for males and 46% for females.

Residence halls on the MU campus include Buskirk Hall, Hodges Hall, Twin Towers East, Twin Towers West, Holderby Hall, Marshall Commons, and North and South Halls. Housing assignments are made on a first-come, first served basis and serve 2,537 students. Applications should be completed as soon as possible after being admitted and submitting the enrollment deposit. All students are permitted to have cars and may purchase a university parking permit.

Student life includes Greek Life, with eleven fraternities and seven sororities, as well as over 195 recognized student organizations. Marshall’s sports teams are called the Thundering Herd with “Marco the Bison” as the school mascot. School colors consist of kelly green and white. MU participates in NCAA Division I and is a member of Conference USA. Sports offered for women include: softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and track. Male sports include: football, baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, and soccer. Over 30 intramural sports are offered, including: soccer, basketball, flag football, dodgeball, and wiffleball.

Students have access to services such as distance learning, weekend/evening college, remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for graduates of this college. Other services include: Center for African American Students' Programs, Autism Training Center, Health Services, HELP Program, Security/ Escort Service, Tutoring, Women’s Center, and the Writing & Student Resource Center. Study abroad programs are offered in over 160 sites in 38 countries. Programs offered include exchange programs, faculty-led programs, and affiliate programs.

Tuition costs $5,930 per year for in-state students and $13,480 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,100 per year. In-state and out-of-state fees total $1,071. On-campus living is estimated to cost $8,709 per year with $2,232 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $8,110 per year with $2,832 in additional living expenses. Tuition payment plans are offered.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 77% of those attending Marshall University receive financial aid. The Office of Student Financial Assistance awards approximately $139.5 million of financial aid to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The average student indebtedness at graduation is $24,376. Students must complete their FAFSA by March 1st preceding the academic year for consideration for state aid.

Marshall University receives almost 3,000 applications per year and about 81% of those applicants are accepted into Marshall University. Statistically, 79% of males and 84% of female applicants are accepted. Requirements for undergraduate admission include: completion of an online or paper application, official transcript(s) from previously attended schools, high school graduate, an overall GPA of at least 2.0, immunization record, and ACT/SAT test scores. All necessary supporting materials should be on file with the Admissions Office at least two weeks before the opening of a semester or term.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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