Marshall University

Marshall University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall University is a 4-year, public university that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Should You Attend Marshall University?

Marshall University is a 4-year, public school named after the 4th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall. The university is located in Huntington, West Virginia, but has extended campus sites in South Charleston, Logan, Gilbert and Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Read more to find out if Marshall University is the kind of school you might like.


  • The school is ranked 16th as a Top Public School by U.S. News and World Report
  • Acceptance rate is about 10 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Very low number of TAs teaching courses


  • Student-faculty ratio is four higher than the national average
  • 4-year graduation rate is 17 percentage points lower than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

If you are a cost conscious student, you may find it advantageous that in-state and out-of-state tuition at Marshall University, as well as the cost of room and board, are near or lower than the national average. In the 2012-2013 year, the total cost to attend as an in-state student, including tuition, fees, room and board, was $18,282, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This is only slightly higher than the national average of $17,860 for 4-year, public schools in that year. However, room and board alone at the school was $8,988 in 2012-2013, which is slightly less than the national average of $9,205.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Marshall University #39 among Regional Universities (South) and #16 among Top Public Schools in 2014. Despite these high rankings, it is still relatively easy to gain admission to the school. According to the NCES, 73% of applicants in 2012 gained admission, which is higher than the national average of 63.8%.

Marshall University has a higher student-to-faculty ratio than the average public, 4-year school, at 19 to 1 versus 15 to 1. Additionally, fewer students graduate from the school in four years than average. NCES reports that of students who began at the school in 2006, only 23% completed within four years, compared to the national 4-year graduation rate of 40%.

The school offers 52 bachelors programs and 45 master's programs in areas that include accounting, computer science, economics, education, nursing and mathematics. It serves nearly 14,000 students, including about 10,000 undergraduates.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Marshall University

Applications at Marshall University are accepted on a rolling basis. You must submit the application and the application fee along with your high school transcripts, immunization record and standardized test scores.

Ninety-four percent of students attending Marshall University received financial aid in the 2011-2012 year, according to the NCES. The average need-based scholarship or grant award was $5,961 in 2012, according to College Board. To apply for financial aid, you must submit your financial aid application by March 1st. If you are interested in the school's Promise scholarship, you must submit that application by March 1st as well.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) Rolling ***
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013) March 1 ***
Application Fee (2012) $30 ***
Acceptance Rate (2012) 73% *
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $18,282 (in-state)
$26,282 (out-of-state)*
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $9,893 ***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012) 29.6% **
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $26,727 **
Student Loan Default Rate (2010) 13.6% *

Student Life at Marshall University

You can't mention Marshall University without mentioning football; its football team is the subject of the 2006 movie We Are Marshall. Marshall University is home to the Thundering Herd, which competes in NCAA Division I athletics in 14 varsity sports. You can also participate in intramural sports. If you are not interested in sports, you can join one of nearly 200 student organizations.

Marshall University has five libraries, including a graduate library and a chemistry library. All freshmen and sophomores under the age of 21 are required to live on campus. There are two residence halls dedicated to freshman and eight residence halls for upperclassmen, totaling a maximum capacity of 2,537.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small city*
Student Population (2012) 13,708 *
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 56% female and 44% male *
% of Full Time Students (2012) 87% *
% of In-state Students (2011) 76% *
% of International Students (2011) 1% *
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 71% *
Campus Housing Available Yes
Number of Libraries 5 ***
Extracurricular Activities 198***
Noteworthy The basis for the 2006 movie We Are Marshall ***

Sources: *NCES, **U.S. News & World Report, ***College Board

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Recruitment, 1601 5th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25755
  • Phone: 877-GO-HERD1 or (304) 696-3646