Welcome to the Honors College

Invitations to join the Honors College for the 2023-2024 academic year will appear beginning 01 October 2022 in the myMU accounts of eligible high school students admitted to Marshall. The deadline to accept our invitation to join the Honors College for those beginning as first-year students at Marshall in Fall 2023 is 01 May 2023. The deadline to accept an offer of the Honors College Scholarship from the office of Student Financial Assistance is 15 May 2023. Both can be done through a student’s myMU. This is the pathway to admission referred to as “Admission by Invitation.” We have detailed instructions for accepting our invitation. For those without the required test score, there is another pathway through “Admission by Holistic Review.” All students admitted to the college will be offered the scholarship and must accept through the process described at step six of the instructions linked to above. You can learn about both pathways on our Admissions information page. Additional scholarships may be available to you as described on our Scholarships information page.

Our Mission

The Honors College at Marshall University provides an environment for innovative teaching and learning within an interdisciplinary curriculum motivated by creative, critical inquiry and respect for a multiplicity of thoughts, experiences, and identities. The Honors College collaborates with university and public partners to foster inclusive academic excellence in a diverse and supportive community of scholars dedicated to becoming socially conscious, responsible leaders and lifelong learners engaged in the acquisition and application of knowledge for a greater good.

Your Opportunity

The Honors College offers a way for eligible students in any undergraduate major at Marshall University to add value to their degree by joining the mission of honors education. Honors students pursue their degree in one of the other colleges and make the Honors College another academic home where they receive various forms of support that enhance their experiences at Marshall. We offer students in the Honors College a multitude of benefits, including things like priority registration. That said, we believe that honors education must be defined by more than privileges. It must support honorable action. We have an array of outstanding honors-designated courses offered by a multitude of academic departments that count toward your degree requirements. We also have special courses unique to the Honors College that you cannot find anywhere else on campus such as our TEDxMarshallU internship. While there is much to learn in the context of the traditional classroom, we know that opportunities to learn while doing things outside the classroom enhances creative and critical inquiry and elevates respect for others. Through experiential learning as a component of honors education, Honors students find ways to readily connect and apply their formal education to real world conditions in the communities of which they are a part. Is honors education a good fit for you?

The Honors College helps distinguish Marshall University as the special institution it is—one that is accessible, affordable, and familiar for many of our students, but one that also supports students looking to be pushed, to be challenged, to be as closely mentored as they would be if they attended a private (and far more costly) college.
Rachael Peckham
PhD, Professor of English
My membership in the Honors College at Marshall University has allowed me to expand my knowledge of several diverse fields of study outside of my majors. As an Honors College student, I’ve formed meaningful relationships with my seminar professors, I’ve engaged in important community service initiatives, and I’ve gained leadership experience that has prepared me for the next phase of my education.
Alyssa Milbee
BS student in Biology and Health Sciences
My connection with the Honors College is the life’s blood that keeps my academic heart beating.
Christine Ingersoll
MFA, Associate Professor, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications