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Be proud. Join the Sons and Daughters of Marshall.

As one of West Virginia’s oldest public universities, Marshall University’s roots run deep. Yet our vision is focused on providing world-class learning opportunities for students from across the country and around the word.

Here you’ll discover a commitment to teaching, high-level research, and professional training that will prepare you to thrive in the world. You’ll join a community where you’ll be part of something larger than your own ambitions. You’ll find a sense of belonging and encouragement that will help you achieve your full potential. You’ll discover what it means to be one of the Sons and Daughters of Marshall.

History, tradition, and values
At Marshall University we’re proud of our history, which began with the founding of Marshall Academy in 1837. The academy was named in honor of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (1801–1835).

As the longest-serving Chief Justice in US history, John Marshall helped establish the Constitution as the basis of the American legal system. Today the Sons and Daughters of Marshall exemplify Justice Marshall’s values: independence, initiative, achievement, ethical integrity, and commitment to community through association and service.

Growth and development
There’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of the growing community at Marshall University. New facilities include the Visual Arts Center in the heart of downtown Huntington, the Chris Cline Athletic Complex housing the MU Sports Medicine Institute, and the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, home of our programs in Engineering, Computer Science, Safety Technology, and Digital Forensics.

Marshall’s degree programs are expanding as well with the addition of undergraduate degrees in Sports Management and Electrical/Computer Engineering and graduate degrees in Social Work, Biomechanics, and Jazz Studies, among others. Faculty and administrators at Marshall University continually evaluate our program offerings to ensure our students have the best opportunities to pursue their educational and career goals.

A quality, affordable education
Marshall University prides itself on the quality of the education our students receive, and our faculty and students embody excellence in all they do. We have the nation’s top Forensic Science master’s degree, and Nursing and Engineering programs whose students regularly pass their licensure exams at rates that beat the state and national averages.

Our tuition and room and board charges are below national averages, and our non-competitive scholarships are automatically awarded to qualified students starting with a 3.0 GPA and 20 ACT composite score (or equivalent SAT score). Generous need-based aid is also available for Pell-eligible students, and the application process is easy. Simply apply for admission and submit the FAFSA, and you’ll be fully considered for our merit- and need-based programs!

Join the #MarshallUFamily
You have many things to consider in your college decision, all while trying to make the most of your high school years and juggling responsibilities like work, extracurricular activities, and, of course, your classes! But the faculty and staff at Marshall University want you to make sure you make time to come visit us. Tour our campus. Sit in on a class. Have lunch in one of our dining halls. We’re convinced that if you do, you will see just what it means to be one of the Sons and Daughters of Marshall. 



Marshall Fast Facts

Founded: 1837 as Marshall Academy;
named for John Marshall, fourth Chief Justice of the United States


Main campus: 100 acres in the heart of Huntington, West Virginia


Alumni: 105,163


Student body: 13,631 total students; 9,525 undergraduates


Undergraduate student-faculty ratio: 19:1


Average class size: 21


Cost of attendance (2016–2017):

• Annual resident tuition: $7,274

• Annual non-resident tuition: $16,502

• Estimated room and board: $10,126

• More than $50 million awarded in financial aid annually

Closer Than You Think!
Marshall’s Huntington campus is within 250 miles of many major cities, including Indianapolis, Indiana; Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Charlottesville, Virginia; Knoxville, Tennessee; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Charlotte, North Carolina.

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