Benefits of Service Learning for Students

Be the change you want to see in this world. – Gandhi


  • Becoming involved within the community through a Service Learning course provides students with real-life application of what is learned within the borders of the classroom and contributes to the universities’ outreach efforts to the local community.
  • The integration of service and academics promotes deeper involvement in intellectual growth, leadership development, and personal and social growth.
  • The combination of service and academic theory enhances personalized education for students and creates opportunities to connect key course concepts with relevant real world experiences.
  • Serving the community empowers students as learners, teachers, achievers and leaders. Students can then make a more meaningful and long term impact on Marshall University and in the community.
  • Participating in a Service Learning course will provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the working world, providing resume building opportunities and potential contacts for employment.


Hands on experience in the SL project helped clarify difficult concepts and advance understanding of real life issues. – Marshall University SL Student, CJ 325