Fast Facts

Class of 2016 at Week of Welcome

A historic public university located in downtown Huntington with additional campuses and centers in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, and Teays Valley.

  • Founded: 1837 as Marshall Academy
  • Named for: John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court
  • Accredited by: Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • Research Funding: More than $50 million annually
  • Alumni: 100,805
  • Athletics: NCAA Division I, Conference USA
  • Mascot: Marco the Bison
  • Nickname: The Thundering Herd
  • School Colors: Kelly Green and White
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Orientation Video

Welcome to Marshall

Considering becoming part of the Herd? Discover what it means to be a student at Marshall University from other students in this short orientation video featuring the sights and sounds from around campus.

Marshall Welcome Video

Old Main

Strategic Vision

Dynamic strategic planning is critical to any university or community. At Marshall University, planning input requires enthusiastic and engaged communication among our many constituents on exciting and strategic strategies that will shape our future.

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John Marshall Statue

Board of Governors

Members of Marshall University's Board of Governors are citizens, appointed by the governor, who oversee the university's operations and establish its policies.

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Male Student Graduating


Marshall University is accredited as an institution of higher learning by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Old Main

Official History

Old Main, the administration building at Marshall University, stands on a site once known as Maple Grove. On March 30, 1838, the Virginia General Assembly formally incorporated Marshall Academy. Its first full term was in 1838-1839.

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Multicultural Students


We at Marshall aspire to foster a more diverse and inclusive campus community, and encourage such a community by promoting cultural awareness, collegiality, and by cultivating respect for diverse people and cultures.

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John Marshall

Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning collects and analyzes university data for reports submitted to the Board of Governors, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and various other institutions and agencies.

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