Welcome Families!

Thanks MomWe at Marshall University want you to know that we understand the time and energy (and most importantly love) that you have poured into your child’s life from the start and we will not leave you out of the life-changing step that is your child’s college career.
We want to give you the peace of mind you deserve and allow you to be a part of the university your child can call home. Here you will see stories from across campus, learn about the programs that will keep your child safe and enjoy contests and photos. Our “Have You Herd…” articles focus on topics ranging from featured schools and programs of Marshall University to when and how to file your child’s FAFSA. If you are a fan of The Thundering Herd or are just an excited parent, send us pics of you and your child or MU gear for your chance to have your own story written here.
We look forward to helping you help your student to make the  Best. Decision. Ever.




Have You Herd . . .

…about our new HYH series? Topics in these articles range from Financial Aid to Campus Living. Check out the latest HYH above and look here for older articles.

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If you need help finding something or just have a general question, email Michael Circle, Parent Outreach Coordinator at or call (304) 696-6833! We are…happy to help!



Have You Herd…why you should visit campus?

Campus“Seeing is believing.” It is an old adage that carries a lot of weight with students (and parents) who are looking for the perfect college fit. For many, seeing the campus of Marshall University is all it takes to believe it is the right place for them to earn their degree. With 53 buildings that include a brand new state-of-the-art Applied Engineering Complex, all within a one square-mile radius of Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall offers a large college campus with a small college feel.

Marshall’s campus size is one of the greatest factors in the choice to study here. Many students who take our tour agree that the small classes (average 21 students per class) and the short time it takes to navigate the grounds are the biggest reasons to choose to be a part of the Thundering Herd. If the size is not enough, seeing the story behind the school first hand just might be.

As shown in the We Are…Marshall movie, Marshall University’s culture is best experienced in person. Take a stroll through Buskirk field and see the students enjoying the weather, throwing a football or stretching out a hammock between trees. Visit our Memorial Student Center and see the iconic fountain representing the 75 people lost in the plane crash of November 14, 1970. Step into Old Main, the oldest building on campus, and see the history of Marshall from its foundation in 1837 to its most current accomplishments.

“The campus visit may be the single most important part of the college selection process,” explains Dr. Beth Wolfe, Marshall’s Director of Recruitment. “Websites and brochures will provide you with great information, but the culture and personality of a school can really only be assessed through a visit.”

Wolfe recommends taking the time to visit each of a student’s top three schools and offers this special tip: “If you have the time, eat at a restaurant off campus and ask your server about the school. You’ll get a fresh viewpoint you may not get in the campus tour.”

Finally, by setting foot on campus, you can receive the true welcoming nature of our students, faculty and staff. When you schedule a visit to Marshall University, you get a fun, interactive look at what makes MU great. Tours are given every weekday and some Saturdays. If you are looking for a more in-depth experience, our four annual Green and White Days offer the tour as well as a look into the college program of your choice and lunch on us at one of our two dining halls. You can even tour the residence halls.

Visit our webpage, to schedule a tour, register for Green and White Days and meet our smiling staff. We are here to help you make the Best. Decision. Ever. We Are…Marshall!



Have You Herd…about the college admissions process?





College admissions are a full time job and not just for the universities to which your student applies. Parents and high school seniors are jumping into the fray to get into the school that best fits their needs and many feel like they are losing the battle to the college admission process.

Fortunately, we have some good tips that could help begin and end the game. It all begins with the ACT/SAT and ends with your acceptance letter. Here are a few pointers on getting through the admissions process alive and kicking, and ready for college.

  1. Choose schools to receive scores: While taking the ACT or SAT, it is important to remember you can have the results of your exams sent directly to the colleges and universities of your choice. By simply writing in their names, the schools will get an early look at your results and your admission into the school of your choice will begin!
  1. Start Applying after the start of your senior year! Most institutions of higher education do not look at applications sent in by high school juniors, but as soon as the senior year begins, they are ready for you. Choose several colleges to research, visit and apply for and pick out the top five. If there are more favorites than five, so be it! Get those applications ready.
  1. Submit your FAFSA early to ensure you get the financial aid you need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is FREE! so be aware of websites demanding payment for submitting your application. If it’s asking for a credit card, you’re in the wrong place. Go to for the correct applications.
  1. Send all the required information together and on time. Application fees, ACT scores, transcripts, all must be turned in before admittance can be granted. Each institution will have their own way of processing applications so make sure you know which school needs what forms and documents and when they need them.
  1. Visit the Campus to see all that the schools have to offer you. Be sure to ask around about the program of study you are more interested in and ask questions. Be sure they teach exactly what you want to learn. Also look for student life programs, involvement opportunities and resources to help you become the most successful student you can like study centers, tutoring amenities and counseling services. No other form of research can aid your decision more than a visit to the school and a first-hand experience on campus.
  1. Ask locals about the school and its students. Just by asking a server about their experiences on campus or with the people that frequent it can give you a new perspective on one of your college choices.
  1. RELAX, be patient, some schools take longer to get back to you than others but that does not mean that 1) you will not be admitted; or 2) they are a lesser school. Sometimes, patience will get you where you want to go the fastest. If you choose to go to the first school you were admitted to, then decide to go to a different school during year two, you’ve potentially wasted credit hours. Be patient and make the decision after all of the facts are in.


College Showcase: College of Business

LCOBNeeds some numbers crunched or accounts balanced? Graduates of the Lewis College of Business are the answer. As one of only two schools of business in the state to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and a part of only one percent of the 13,000 schools worldwide to be accredited in both business and accounting programs, the LCOB consistently works to stay on the cutting edge of the business world.

“We feel like we have something really special here because we are always improving to be an innovative and top notch program,” Associate Dean Jacqueline Agesa said. “If you combine the quality of AACSB accreditation with the small classroom effect, the way Marshall University professors get to know their students and help them find employers, we take a lot of pride in helping students succeed and find good jobs.”

LCOB is home to the second largest program at Marshall University. Business Management currently has 377 students enrolled and has historically been the largest program in the college. The other programs in the LCOB (Accounting, Economics, Energy Management, Finance, Health Care, International Business, Management Information Systems and Marketing) are more specialized, giving their students more targeted, hands-on experience, even to the point of specialized career fairs.

Agesa said students in the specialized programs often know what they want to do from their freshman year and are eager to start that training. Students in accounting, she said, have always “liked numbers”. Individuals in the Management Information Systems major are interested in business as well as the technical aspect of setting up computer applications to make business operations run more smoothly for their clients or organization. The Marketing department, which Agesa said has the best professors in West Virginia and in the region, teaches promotion and principals of selling.

Students in Finance are also getting a helping hand, and not just in the classroom. LCOB has partnered with Edward Jones to offer students everything they need to pass the Series 7 Exam, a necessity for any who wish to sell financial securities in the nation. The students take a practice Series 7 so they can hit the ground running when they find employment.

Program calendars are filled with events like the Accounting department’s “Meet the Firms,” a fun opportunity for students to hand their resumes to the hiring staff of local accounting businesses from all over the region.

“I am a parent so I know anyone who is sending their child to college wants to know that the college is training their child and helping them get a job,” Agesa said. “If we’re not doing that, we’re wasting their time. We take those things very seriously.”

Agesa said she believes business is the “cog that makes all other industries work,” and the LCOB is helping make the students who come through its doors the best professionals in the business world. Finding a job after graduation is easy with the help of the newly established Center of Stakeholder Engagement, an office devoted to finding quality internships and jobs.

Dedicated faculty members, career-based events and high professional standards welcome new students to the Lewis College of Business and are constant reminders of what makes the LCOB your Best. Decision. Ever.

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