• Founded: As Marshall Academy in 1837
  • Named For: John Marshall, Fourth Chief Justice of the United States
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Carnegie Classification: R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity
  • Research Funding: $65M+ million annually

Student Body (Fall 2023 Data)

  • Total: 11,269
  • 60% Female; 40% Male
  • Undergraduate: 8,252 (73.2%)
  • Graduate: 3,017 (26.8%)

  • Minority Students: 1,547 (14.7%) (excludes unreported)
  • International Students: 155 (1.4%)
  • Out-of-State: 2,447 (21.7%)
  • Students from: 48 states and 49 countries

  • Average Incoming Freshman ACT: 22
  • Average Incoming Freshman GPA: 3.57
  • First to Second Year retention rate of first-time freshmen 2022-23: 78.7%
  • Degrees Granted 2022-23: 2,616

Faculty/Class Size

  • Undergraduate student/faculty ratio: 16 to 1
  • Faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree in the their fields: 86% with school of medicine

  • Minority Faculty: 21% of full-time instructional faculty

  • Average Class Size: 19 (undergraduate), 10 (graduate)

Athletics

  • NCAA Division I, Sun Belt Conference
  • NCAA Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Track/Field
  • NCAA Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading,Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track/Field, Cross Country, Volleyball

  • Spirit Groups: Dance Team, Marching Thunder, Pep Band
  • Student-Athletes: 467
  • 32 Intramural Sports offered through The Rec including: Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football, Dodgeball and Wiffle Ball

  • 10 Club Sports: Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Tennis, Sports Fencing Club, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Cycling, Wrestling, and Equestrian

Campus Life

  • 230 recognized student organizations
  • Student Services: Center for African American Students, College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Career Services, Counseling Center, Health Services, H.E.L.P. Program, Security/Escort Service, Tutoring, Women’s and Gender Center, LGBTQ+ Office, Student Resource Center, Writing Center

  • Study Abroad Programs: 250 sites in 42 countries
  • Housing and Residence Life: 3 freshman halls, 6 upper class halls and 1 residential apartment community for graduate students
  • Cars: All students are permitted to have cars and may purchase a university parking permit.
  • National Student Exchange Program: 200 colleges within the U.S. and Canada

  • Fraternities: 10; Sororities: 6
  • Services: Student Legal Assistance, Student Engagement and Community, Veteran and Military Support
  • Career Services: 3,430 jobs posted, 508 internships posted in 2015-16

Programs Offered (2021-22)

  • 3 Associate Degree Programs
  • 80 Baccalaureate Majors and Areas of Emphasis

  • 52 Master’s Degree Programs
  • 2 Education Specialist Degree Programs
  • 32 Graduate Certificate Programs

  • 4 Research Doctoral Degree Programs
  • 6 Professional Doctoral Degree Programs