Have You Herd…

Drinko Library at dusk.…about the new HYH page? Dedicated to those parents and families that want to know more about the goings on here at Marshall University, the HYH articles are written by the Office of Admissions to help parents better understand why Marshall is the child’s Best. Decision. Ever. Stories posted here will feature some of Marshall University’s top-notch systems for security, affordability and more! Each of the university’s seven colleges will have a featured article, as will topics such as alumni success stories, Marshall News, student organizations, campus housing and why you should visit and your our great campus. So look around. If you do not see information on a subject you are interested in, tell us! Email Michael Circle, Parent and aAlumni Outreach Coordinator at circle@marshall.edu.


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, www.marshall.edu/recruitment 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…why students consider Marshall their Best. Decision. Ever.?

StudentsThere are many reasons for Marshall University to become your student’s Best. Decision. Ever. and a quick visit to the Memorial Student Center by our staff ended with a list of the most common reasons for choosing Marshall. From the small class sizes to the size of our campus; from the number one forensics department in the nation to the new Chris Cline Indoor Athletic Facility; for majors, affordability, professors and more, students are constantly discovering the perks of being a student at Marshall University.


“It’s not as big as some other campuses are,” Nathaniel Heil, a freshman from Barboursville, West Virginia, said. “The nursing program is superb and gives me hands-on experience, too.”

Many in the Student Center said the campus was just the right size, not too big and not too small. A few pointed out how important it was to not have to leave campus for much. Even entertainment is provided by student activities and organizations on the grounds.

“I love Marshall because they offer a lot of opportunities for entertainment,” Levi Meachum, a sophomore from Princeton, W.Va. said. “There is always a lot to do on campus.”

The Campus Activities Board hosts several big events each year, including movie nights on Buskirk Field, concerts and comedy shows. Full-time students get access to all of these events as well as tickets to Thundering Herd sporting events like home football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and softball games, making entertainment affordable for all students. Ticket prices for the Marshall Artist Series are discounted for students and some shows are free to students who present their Marshall ID’s.

More importantly, when it comes to education, Marshall University strives to offer the best, continuously staying on the cutting edge of educational technology.

“We have an incredible athletic training program here,” said Blue Cremeans, a sophomore from Huntington. “We have the new [Indoor Athletic] Facility, a physical therapy school and they offer a lot for my major. There are a lot of great opportunities for hands-on experience and I look forward to using the facility to its fullest.”

Students in the College of Information Technology and Engineering are admiring another new facility, the Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex. Ahmed Ur Rehman, a first-year engineering graduate student from Pakistan said the program and the building were “a great reason to come to Marshall.”

“I wanted to go where I knew I would get a good degree,” he said. “The new building is one of the best on campus and the professors are all good. It’s perfect.”

But perhaps the most popular reason for Marshall being the best decision ever is its commitment to affordability. Students said Marshall’s affordability was one of the defining assets to their decision. One student said it was “definitely the best financial decision.” Of the more than 10,000 undergraduate students that attend MU, 68.6 percent of them receive some form of financial aid. Marshall offers non-competitive, merit-based scholarships that will be automatically applied to a student’s account if they qualify, and a full range of federal and state need-based programs that are awarded based on FAFSA results.

So whatever the reason – affordability, suite-style dorms or a particular degree program – students are finding Marshall University to be the best fit for them. Nearly 2,000 freshmen made the decision to come to Marshall in 2015 and the Admissions Office is already accepting applications for the Fall of 2016.

Schedule a visit on our website, www.marshall.edu/recruitment and come be one of the Herd. This will be your Best. Decision. Ever.


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 fafsa.ed.gov 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.


Have You Herd…About the Lewis 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.


Have You Herd…About the College of Liberal Arts

RecruitIntro“And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”        

-John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society (1989)       

While the sciences study the physical/biological human being, Marshall University’s College of Liberal Arts studies the art and science of being human.

“The Liberal Arts are the foundation of all higher education,” said Dr. Robert Bookwalter, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “According to the ancient Greeks, the liberal arts were the ideas and knowledge that were essential for citizenship in a free society. The original liberal arts included logic, grammar and rhetoric: the ability to think, communicate, and persuade.”


Critical thinking, effective speaking and writing, and using communication to instruct and persuade are central to all of the programs in the College of Liberal Arts. The college is composed of five “humanities” departments – Classics, English, Modern Languages, Communication Studies, Philosophy, and Religious Studies – and four “social sciences” departments – Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology. Students looking to delve into the ruins of history, unearth their passion for cultures long buried, or learn the classic languages like Greek or Latin will find their home in the College of Liberal Arts. Study in the liberal arts reveals who we are, how human culture and civilization has evolved, how we are connected to each other through space, language, social structure, and social institutions.

This body of knowledge is central to what it means to be an educated person. So much so that all students at Marshall University are required to take courses in English, Communication Studies, the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

“We are the home the majority of general education courses because we are an important part of what a university education is about. Five of the eight general education courses that every Marshall University student must take come from the College of Liberal Arts,” Bookwalter said. “The ability to think, to communicate your ideas in writing or speaking, and to present a reasoned argument, are essential for all fields of work. If you can’t do those things well, you can’t really function effectively in any profession. That’s why we’re here.”

Being a well-rounded professional means not just learning a trade, it must also mean using your knowledge to improve the workplace, the industry in which you work, your neighborhood, your community, and the world around you. That is the goal of the College of Liberal Arts, preparing students with life skills as well as career skills. Students who earn Liberal Arts degrees at Marshall University have gone on to successful positions in business, government, entertainment, healthcare, education, public service and many other fields because of the thinking skills that come out of the college. Bookwalter cited studies showing that employers were ess concerned with specific majors and more concerned with students’ ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively in teams to solve problems and adapt to change.

“Our majors are about people and their relation to each other,” he said. “Our majors are focused on the ability to work together and problem solve.

Bookwalter emphasized the versatility of COLA graduates: “People want to know what jobs people can get with a Liberal Arts degree and they can get any number of different jobs. I mean, what does an 800-pound gorilla do? Anything he wants.”

With a degree in Liberal Arts, Marshall graduates are well-rounded, critically-thinking, team leaders with the professional skills to take charge, think outside of the box and challenge competitors in any field they choose.

The study of the liberal arts is so central to higher education that these courses are required by all other programs on campus. The majors in the College of Liberal Arts prepare graduates for productive lives and careers. So why should career-minded students choose a major in the liberal arts? The answer is simple: Marshall University’s College of Liberal Arts teaches “being human” and that is why COLA is the Best. Decision. Ever.