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Marshall University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Marshall University

Marshall University was founded in 1837 as the Marshall Academy and gained university status in 1961. The school's main campus spans 100 acres in Huntington, WV, and also has extended campus centers in Gilbert, Logan, South Charleston, Point Pleasant, and Beckley, WV. In 2011, the university enrolled 13,966 students.

Students have 198 student organizations from which to choose. Student athletes at the university can compete in NCAA Division I sports, some of which include basketball, football, volleyball, and soccer. The school mascot is Marco the Bison.


Marshall University offers two associate's degree programs, 52 bachelor's degree programs, 45 graduate programs, and five doctoral degree programs through 15 colleges and schools. There are also 163 study abroad program sites located in 38 countries.

The College of Business is one of only two colleges in West Virginia to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Undergraduate students can earn a bachelor's degree in management information systems, marketing, management, international business, accounting, economics, or finance. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and an executive MBA (EMBA), as well as degrees in human resource management, health care administration, and accounting.

In 2011, Marshall University conferred more than 400 degrees in health professions and related programs across all degree levels. The university has several health-related academic institutions, including the College of Health Professions, and the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy.

Several additional programs are available through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Graduate College, the Honors College, the University College, the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development, and the colleges of fine arts, science, education, info tech and engineering, and liberal arts. The university also offers the MUOnLine e-learning program with more than 150 online courses available each semester. There are five library facilities on the campus, including specialty libraries in the subjects of chemistry and health sciences.


Prospective Marshall University students may apply through the online application on the university's website or download and submit a paper form. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be received at least two weeks prior to the starting semester. Requirements include an official high school transcript with graduation date and a minimum high school GPA of 2.0. Students with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.9 must score at least 910 on the combined critical math and reading sections of the SAT or a minimum of 19 on the ACT. A GPA of 3.0 or more requires a combined SAT score of at least 780 or a minimum ACT score of 16. A $30 fee is required when submitting the application.

In 2011, Marshall University enrolled more female than male students (57% vs. 43%), and 86% of undergraduates attended on a full-time basis. West Virginia residents accounted for 74% of the undergraduate population.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, undergraduate tuition and fees for a full-time West Virginia resident were $5,930 per year. Nonresident undergraduate tuition and fees were $13,930 per year. Some Kentucky and Ohio residents are eligible for a discounted 'Metro Resident' rate of $10,240. Books and class supplies were roughly $1,100 per year, and housing and meal plans for students residing on campus were approximately $8,988.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, 93% of students received some form of financial aid. Students may apply for merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, student employment, or loans to help manage the cost of attendance.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, postbaccalaureate certificates, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 10,053 undergraduates and 3,913 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Nine residence halls; freshman and sophomores under 21 are required to live on campus, unless an exemption is granted*
Schools and Programs 15 schools and colleges; 54 undergraduate programs, 53 graduate and doctoral degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Registered nursing (85)
Bachelor's: General studies (231)
Master's: Business and commerce (147)
Doctorate: Medicine (72)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 21% in four years
46% in six years
49% in eight years**
Admission Rate 81% of applicants in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size 2,003 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 70% (full-time students)
58% (part-time students)**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 22.1 in 2011*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Decision Notification Date Decisions made up to two weeks before classes begin*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2012-2013 were $5,930 per year for state residents, $10,240 per year for metro residents, and $13,930 per year for nonresidents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (50%), Pell grants (48%), other federal grants (31%), state and local grants/scholarships (53%), institutional grants/scholarships (54%), federal student loans (58%), other student loans (2%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 93% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Marshall University; **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions Office, Marshall University, 102 Old Main, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755
  • Phone: (304) 696-3160
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