Early Admission Options

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Marshall University offers a variety of early admission options. Students may apply to attend Marshall University on either a full or part-time basis prior to graduating from high school. Students who enroll at Marshall University prior to high school graduation are not eligible to be admitted as freshmen, for financial aid, or for on-campus housing. For admission to Marshall as an Early Admission student, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Students with an exceptional talent in a discipline such as music may request permission to enroll in coursework in that discipline. Complete a High School Application for Early College Credit.

Please note that students who have taken college courses during high school under any of these options and plan to later apply for admission to Marshall University must meet all Marshall University admission standards described elsewhere in this catalog.

Early Admission to Marshall University: Prior to the Junior Year of High School

  • Be currently enrolled in high school or a home-school program.
  • Completed admission application.
  • An ACT / SAT at the 85th percentile or above [ ACT Composite Score = 26, SAT (prior to March 2016) = 1170 CR+M, SAT (March 2016 and later) = 1240 Total Score ]. If the ACT or SAT has not been taken, a score at the 90th percentile or higher on another nationally-normed standardized test that provides evidence of the ability to succeed at the college level.
  • A current high school transcript reflecting a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • A letter of recommendation from a counselor or principal.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher who is familiar with the student’s academic performance.
  • Maintain a 2.00 GPA in all college courses.
  • To take English or math courses, a student must have a qualifying ACT / SAT score in the subject area.

Early Admission: Junior or Senior Year of High School

  • Be currently enrolled in high school or a home-school program.
  • Completed admission application.
  • A current high school transcript reflecting a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • One letter of recommendation from a counselor or principal.
  • Maintain a 2.00 GPA in all college courses.
  • To take English or math courses, a student must have a qualifying ACT / SAT score in the subject area.

Early Admission: International Junior or Senior Year of High School

  • Be currently enrolled in high school program.
  • Completed admission application.
  • A current high school transcript reflecting a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
    • U.S. high school – high school transcript reflecting a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
    • Non-U.S. high school – high school transcript in original language along with a certified English translation from the institution reflecting a minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale; in some cases, high school transcripts may need to be evaluated by an accepted evaluation agency (please contact the Admissions Office for more information).
  • One letter of recommendation from a counselor or principal.
  • Proof of English proficiency. If the student is currently attending a school in which the primary language of instruction for all programs is English, the counselor or principal from that high school can certify in writing that English is the official language of instruction. For information regarding other options for proving English proficiency, please see Proof of English Language Proficiency in the International Students section that follows.
  • To take English or math courses, a student must have a qualifying ACT/SAT score in the subject area.