WOW Sessions – Huntington Campus

Week of Welcome (WOW) is a central part of UNI 100 at Marshall University, an introduction to academic structures and expectations of college life. The course is graded, and successful completion earns one hour of elective credit.

The course is made up of three parts:

  1. Large group and small class sessions during Week of Welcome.
  2. Virtual Sessions during Week of Welcome.
  3. Seven additional 50-minute class sessions, once per week in the first seven weeks of the semester.

In addition, several optional activities will be available throughout the week.

WOW Check-In

All students should check-in for WOW at the Campus Recreation Center some time between 10:00am and 4:00pm on Tuesday, August 16.  Check-in only takes a few minutes, so stop by any time during the designated time block.  An alternate check-in will be available on Wednesday, August 17, 8:00am – 9:30am. To avoid waiting, please check in on Tuesday, if possible.

UNI 100: Freshman First Class

WOW is an integral part of UNI 100 Freshman First Class. UNI 100 is a graded class that serves as an introduction to academic structures and expectations of college life. UNI 100 is literally the first class most freshmen will take at Marshall. Successful completion of the course earns one hour of elective credit. Attendance at the required WOW activities and weekly class sessions (the first eight weeks of the semester) will play a large role in the grade students earn.

Required Sessions for UNI 100 Credit

Please check your personal schedule for in-person meeting times and locations.  Personal schedules are available in the MU Mobile App.  If you have not already downloaded the app, it is available free in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Students without mobile devices can request a personal schedule by emailing  Schedules can also be printed upon request at WOW Check-In.

  • UNI Class Session 1 – 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 17
  • College Session – 8:30 a.m., Thursday, August 18
  • UNI Class Session 2 – 10 a.m., Thursday, August 18
  • Class of 2026 Photo at the Joan (Football Stadium) – 6 p.m., Thursday, August 18
  • UNI Class Session 3 – 8:30 a.m., Friday, August 19
  • Class of 2026 Photo at the John Marshall Statue – 9:15 a.m., Friday, August 19
  • Freshman Convocation – 10 a.m., Friday, August 19
  • Bison Bash Cookout and Games – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, August 19
  • UNI Class Session 4 – 2:30 p.m., Friday, August 19
  • Traditions – assigned on personal schedule
  • First Year Fearless – assigned on personal schedule
  • We Are Family: A Cultural Diversity Experience (virtual)
  • Step In, Speak Up (virtual)
  • Allies Supporting Neurodiversity on Campus (virtual)

Session Descriptions

Traditions:  The Rise of Marshall


Join us for an engaging multimedia and live performance production about the history and traditions of Marshall University.  Learn more about Chief Justice John Marshall, the early days of Marshall Academy, and why we’re so proud to yell, “We are…Marshall!”

First Year Fearless

New people, new place; possible first run at real freedom?  The first year can be scary.  What students don’t realize is that many of their peers are feeling the same way.  First Year Fearless allows students to identify their hidden fears about their upcoming year while hearing the concerns of their peers.

Required Virtual Sessions

Below you will find details for the three virtual sessions required for UNI 100. Choose to attend any of the below session times based on your availability. Please check your personal WOW schedule to choose the sessions that work best for you. Once you choose your sessions, use the links below to join during the specified times.

We Are Family: A Cultural Diversity Experience

At Marshall University, we are open to all — where all truly means ALL! This session introduces students to the many benefits of living, learning and socializing in a global society with people of different origins, ethnicities, races, religious beliefs, sexual orientations and political persuasions — all on one campus. Through a combination of thought-provoking videos and intentional conversations, students will develop new perspectives and a deeper understanding of how our differences can bring us together.

Step In, Speak Up!

A bystander intervention workshop aimed at empowering students to create a safe and respectful campus culture. This training equips participants with the confidence, skills and resources they need to address everyday issues related to mental health, substance use and sexual and interpersonal violence.

Allies Supporting Neurodiversity on Campus

This session is a project by the West Virginia Autism Training Center’s Allies Supporting Autism Spectrum Diversity (ASASD), which works to educate students who wish to provide a safe and accepting environment for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Learn to advocate for diversity and promote understanding in order to support and develop acceptance and inclusion within higher education.

To Access your Virtual WOW Sessions

Microsoft Teams
The Microsoft Teams application is the preferred way to join most of your Virtual WOW sessions. You can join with the device of your choice.
*If you have problems with the app you can use the Chrome or Edge browser to log in to with your Marshall email and click the Teams app icon. If you do not see it, click all apps.

In order to use Teams, you need to sign in with your MUNet username and password. This is essential to identifying participants for UNI 100 class credit.

Technical Assistance – IT Service Desk
If you have questions about getting Teams setup on your device or are having trouble accessing a WOW session, please contact the Marshall Information Technology Service Desk.

Phone: 304-696-3200

Students are invited to utilize campus spaces to complete required virtual sessions during WOW. Drinko Library and Study Center has more than 100 available computers as well as space for students using laptops or other devices. Don’t forget your headphones!


Contact us by calling 304-696-3169 or emailing


WOW Activities