FAQS

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Can a high school freshman or sophomore take Marshall University courses?

We recommend that high school juniors and seniors participate in this program, but talented freshmen and sophomores are able to apply and participate, as long as they meet the Early Admission requirements.

When high school students have been accepted, how do they register for courses?

All information for registering for an online college or dual credit course can be found on our How to Register page.

How many courses can a high school student take during the early admission period?

Early admission high school students should consider their personal schedules, extracurricular activities, and school schedule prior to committing to an online or dual credit course. High school students typically should not take more than two college courses per college term. These can be two online courses, two dual credit courses, or a combination of both.  Exceptions may apply depending upon individual circumstances.

Marshall University courses run as 14- or 15-week semesters during both the fall and Spring terms. Summer terms vary in length according to term. View the Academic Calendar for more information on start and end term dates.

Can a student complete a dual credit and online college course at the same time?

Yes! Highly-motivated students who are excelling academically are able to enroll in a dual credit and an online college course.  (See response above.)

Is financial aid available for high school students?

Federal and institution financial aid is not available to high school students. The fee for tuition is reduced to $25 per credit hour for online and dual credit courses. Ask your local school system if they provide tuition assistance – some counties do.

Male student skateboarding wearing blue jeans and a green MU shirtAre enrollment deposits required for early admission students?

Enrollment deposits are not required for online college courses or dual credit courses for high school students. Enrollment deposits are for fully-admitted Marshall students who are prepared to start their first term as a college student after high school graduation.

Can a student still register for a university summer course that is occurring the summer after they graduate from high school?

Early entry students can still qualify for the reduced tuition rate for any summer course that begins prior to your official high school graduation date. For any summer term that begins after the high school graduation date, students will need to apply for regular freshman admission.  If already radmitted, students can contact the Office of Admissions to request to begin during a summer term after graduation.

Are these courses transferable to other universities?

Marshall University is a regionally accredited university and all university courses are transferable; however, acceptance of a college transfer depends on the university or college you are planning to attend. To determine whether or not Marshall credits will transfer toward degree credits at another college or university, you must contact the Admissions Office of the university you wish to attend. Each institution has their own criteria for determining transfer equivalencies.

Marshall courses will count toward Marshall degree programs, giving students a great start to their college and professional experiences!  For specific Marshall University degree requirements, you can view our academic maps (a guide to degree requirements for each individual degree program).

What are the computer and internet requirements for completing online courses?

The Office of Information Technology has technology recommendations for all students. The following is the most basic technology the student should have, or have adequate access to, in order to complete online courses:

  • A desktop computer or laptop computer (can be PC or Mac) with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. Students should not complete coursework on a mobile device such as their phone or a tablet.
  • Access to high-speed internet. A wired connection from the modem to the computer is preferred. High-speed WiFi access is okay as long as this service is able to handle streaming video in your household, or where the student will participate in courses. The number of devices that are streaming via your household internet service should be taken into consideration as a student completes coursework online.
  • A webcam, mic, and headset or earbuds. This can be a variety of options, as most laptops already come with a built-in webcam. Many earbuds or headsets already have built-in microphones as well.
  • Access to Microsoft Office software: all Marshall students have access to Office 365 suite of tools. Office 365 is also how Marshall students access their Marshall email. If you currently do not have Microsoft Word, Excel, and/or PowerPoint downloaded on your device, you will have free access to this software as a Marshall student.
    Office 365 Information for Marshall Students

Please see our Dual Enrollment IT Guide!