At Marshall University, we change lives and inspire extraordinary futures.

Our students attach high value to our small class sizes, having faculty members actively instructing in the classroom, the availability of intensive advising, exceptional student success resources, modern facilities, a growing global community and robust extracurricular programming.

Our faculty members are leaders, mentors and cultivators of talent. They are making a real difference in the lives of our students, many of whom arrive here with enormous potential but lack a reliable roadmap for academic accomplishment.

Our alumni are the heart and soul of the Marshall family. They have gone on to lead Fortune 500 companies, win Pulitzer Prizes and become captains of industry, science, education and the arts.

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Welcome to Marshall

Here, you’ll discover a commitment to teaching, high-level research and professional training that prepare you to thrive in the world. You’ll join a community where you’re part of something larger than your own ambitions. You’ll find a sense of belonging and nurturance that will help you achieve your full potential. You’ll discover what it means to be one of the Sons and Daughters of Marshall

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Quick Facts

Learn more about Marshall University and its students, faculty and programs.

Students working together


Marshall University is composed of academic units that include the Colleges of Arts and Media; Business; Education and Professional Development; Information Technology and Engineering; Liberal Arts; Health Professions, and Science, as well as the Honors College; University College; the Graduate College; the School of Pharmacy; and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Students in a classroom


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

Students in a classroom


Marshall University is proud to have been recognized for academic quality and value by U.S. News and World Report, College Choice, Best Value Schools and more. Visit our campus to find out for yourself.

Board of Governors meeting


Marshall University is led by President Jerome A. Gilbert, Ph.D. who reports to the Marshall University Board of Governors. Marshall’s leadership staff also includes senior vice presidents for academic affairs, communications and marketing, development, executive affairs, finance, information technology, institutional research and operations.

John Marshall statue

History & Traditions

One of West Virginia’s first public institutions of higher education, Marshall University was founded as Marshall Academy in 1837 and named after Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall (1755-1835).

The institution became Marshall College in 1858 and attained university status in 1961.

Students from around the world


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.

Marshall students on campus

Mission, Vision and Creed

Marshall University is a public comprehensive university with a rich history as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in West Virginia. Founded in 1837 and named after Chief Justice John Marshall, definer of the Constitution, Marshall University advances the public good through innovative, accredited educational programs.

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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.

Marshall Athletics


The Thundering Herd competes in NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports in Conference USA with 16 varsity teams. The University also sponsors 10 clubs and 32 intramural sports. Our teams are exceptionally competitive and the university has sent a number of its athletes on to the professional ranks.

Marshall Athletics


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