Marshall University is a historic, public, coeducational institution located in the downtown area of Huntington, West Virginia. Established in 1837 as the Marshall Academy, the school was named in honor of John Marshall who served as the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. In 1858 the institution was renamed Marshall College and just over one hundred years later in 1961 was granted university status. Marshall University’s main purpose is to serve the residents of West Virginia and to offer students excellent and quality educational opportunities. In addition to its main campus, Marshall University also operates additional campuses and centers in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, Teays Valley and Beckley.
Academic ProgramsMarshall University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1928. The University is comprised of several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts and Media; the College of Business; the College of Education and Professional Development; the College of Information Technology and Engineering; the College of Liberal Arts; the College of Health Professions, and Science; the Honors College; the University College; the Graduate Collage; the School of Pharmacy; and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
Marshall University offers a wide range of academic programs through its colleges and schools, including more than 60 associate and baccalaureate degree programs; nearly 50 master’s degree programs; half a dozen education specialist degree programs; a handful of doctoral degree programs; and at least three first professional degree programs. Hands-on experiential learning is encouraged and Marshall University offers a wide range of study abroad programs in at least fifty different countries.
Student LifeMarshall University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 14,000 including more than 9,500 undergraduate students. The University’s student body population is made up of representatives from nearly all 50 states, more than 55 foreign nations, and at least 55 West Virginia Counties. Female students outnumber males by approximately 20% and nearly 12% are minority students. On-campus student housing is available with a total capacity for just over 2,500 students. Marshall University offers at least three freshman halls and more than half a dozen upperclass halls; students are permitted to have cars on the premises and may purchase university parking permits.
Marshall University recognizes more than 225 student organizations which cater to a variety of personal and professional interests, including a variety of Greek letter fraternities and sororities. These and other activities and events provide students with opportunity to interact with one another outside of the classroom and offer an environment in which students may learn and develop valuable leadership skills. As an NCAA Division I-A school, Marshall University’s varsity athletic teams compete in the Conference USA.