University College

University College – Who We Are

“We believe in you; we support you; we encourage you.”

University College provides learning support services and transitional programs to all Marshall University students. We also provide academic counseling for Marshall’s undecided students, conditionally admitted students, some pre-nursing students, students enrolled in college courses in the high schools/early entry high school students, special admits, transient students, and international transient students.

University College offers programs and services including:

Our Mission

University College offers students a solid foundation of academic skills for progression into another Marshall University college to declare a major and graduate. University College is dedicated to adhering to national academic advising standards, providing professional academic guidance in a holistic and caring manner, understanding and practicing inclusion, operating with high ethical standards, embracing innovation and creativity, collaborating with the university community to ensure student success, safeguarding the privacy of students, and encouraging student engagement in their own educational experience. University College extends this mission to all Marshall students by providing a broad range of academic services and transitional support programs.

Academic Advising

University College provides academic advising for undecided students, conditionally admitted students, some pre-nursing students, students enrolled in college courses in the high schools/early entry high school students, special admits, transient students, and international transient students. A specific advisor will be assigned to each undecided, conditionally admitted, and pre-nursing student. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors at least twice per semester and more often, if needed. Appointments are encouraged, but not required.

Please visit the Marshall University Advising website.

Undecided students will work with an academic counselor to complete general education requirements while exploring courses and majors matching their interests and abilities. Undecided students are eligible to declare an academic major within another Marshall University college. (Note: Some academic majors have specific admission criteria that exceed general admission requirements.)

University College pre-nursing students will work with an academic counselor to complete general education requirements and course requirements for application to the associate or bachelor’s nursing programs.

Conditionally admitted students have specific requirements that must be met within three semesters. These requirements include:

  • Attendance on the Huntington campus.
  • Satisfactory completion of UNI 100 Freshman First Class, a graded transitional course taught by the student’s academic counselor.
  • Successful completion of any required developmental math and/or English. (Note: This requirement will vary for each student based on his or her ACT, SAT, or other placement score in the math and English disciplines.)
  • Completion of 18 graded hours with a 2.00 GPA (cumulative and MU).

For more information please see our conditionally admitted FAQ Sheet. Students will work with their academic counselors to focus on meeting these requirements in a timely manner while also working to complete general education requirements and exploring courses and majors meeting their interests and abilities. The conditional requirements must be met before the student is eligible to declare an academic major within another Marshall University college. Failure to meet these requirements within three semesters will result in dismissal from Marshall University.

High school students, special admits, and transient students are not assigned specific advisors; however, they are welcome to schedule appointments or seek walk-in assistance for registering for courses and other advising support. Contact information is available on this page.

All University College students have the opportunity to participate in programs and services designed to improve their academic success skills and development of a career path.

University College

Communications Building Room 212
Tel: 304-696-3169
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm

Tutoring Services
Communications Building Room 211
Tel: 304-696-6622
Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Contact List

Sherri Stepp
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of University College
Communications Building Room 212-D
304-696-7038
goodall@marshall.edu

Sabrina Simpson
Director of New Student Orientation
Coordinator of Tutoring Services
Communication Building Room 211-A
304-696-2246
simpson@marshall.edu

Christopher Atkins
Academic Counselor
Communications Building Room 212-J
304-696-3252
atkins41@marshall.edu

Amber Bentley
Academic Counselor
Advising Coordinator
Communications Building Room 212-B
304-696-7039
bentley@marshall.edu

Patricia Gallagher
Academic Counselor
Communications Building Room 212-F
304-696-3464
gallaghe@marshall.edu

Robyn Stafford
Academic Counselor
Communications Building Room 212-H
304-696-5816
messeng1@marshall.edu

Robin Taylor
Academic Counselor
Coordinator of National Student Exchange
Communications Building Room 212-K
304-696-5819
taylorro@marshall.edu

Valerie Smith
Administrative Associate
Communications Building Room 212-E
304-696-3217
Smith1721@marshall.edu