Any Marshall University student or prospective student with a diagnosed Specific Learning Disability and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, who meets the following criteria, may be considered for admission to the H.E.L.P. Program. The following information must be submitted:

  • A copy of a current evaluation, which should include an intelligence test given under adult norms, such as the WAIS-IV or equivalent. An educational evaluation, no older than two years old, that will assess reading, math, and written language, such as the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement, or a test that is comparable. Screening instruments are not accepted.
  • If updated testing is needed, the H.E.L.P. Program offers Diagnostic Services. Call (304) 696-6315 for information regarding diagnostic testing.
  • Two references, other than family members, stating why that individual feels the student should attend college.
  • One-page hand-written statement by the student (without help) regarding why college is desirable to him or her.
  • An interview is required for admission to H.E.L.P. Call (304) 696-6252 to schedule an appointment for the interview.
  • To participate in H.E.L.P. you must be admitted to Marshall University, which is a separate application process. If a student does not meet the admissions criteria for Marshall, H.E.L.P. does have the option of writing an exception letter. However, this is not a guarantee that the student will be admitted. If the admissions committee accepts our appeal, the student will be required to commit to two semesters with H.E.L.P.
  • If a student is taking medication, a statement from the physician regarding the medications prescribed is recommended.

Mail Application Materials to:

Marshall University H.E.L.P. Center

520 18th Street, Huntington, WV 25703

Phone: (304) 696-6252

Fax: (304) 696-3231