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About Marshall University

Marshall University is a public, state school in an urban setting in Huntington, West Virginia. Marshall University was founded in 1837 and now enrolls around 11,957 students a year, including 8,771 undergrads.

Marshall University offers housing for up to 2,418 students.

Marshall University's endowment was valued at $150.074 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Marshall University spends about $10,432. There are 18 Marshall University undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Marshall University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 89%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 22
Mean SAT score 1046
In-State Tuition $7,190
Out-of-State $18,044

Marshall University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Marshall University Early Admission

Marshall University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Marshall University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Marshall University. In 2021, Marshall University accepted 89% of applicants. Last year, 6,719 students applied to Marshall University and 5,997 were admitted.

Marshall University Waitlist

Marshall University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Marshall University?

Marshall University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Marshall University, applicants must submit the following items.

Marshall University Application Requirements

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GPA and Test Scores for Marshall University

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1046. The mean ACT score for Marshall University students is 22.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Marshall University.

Does Marshall University Require Test Scores?

Marshall University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 78% submitted the SAT. 75% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Marshall University

Yes! Marshall University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,418 students.

Marshall University students are active in the school's Marshall Maniacs, National Society of Leadership and Success and Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). Homecoming, FEST, and and Constitution Week are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Marshall University.

Financial Aid at Marshall University

Marshall University meets 44.7% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Marshall University full-time are awarded $12,183 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Marshall University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Marshall University

About 77% of students who start at Marshall University return for their second year of college. Out of the 1,804 students who started at Marshall University as first-time freshman, 530 graduate within four years.

Marshall University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 51%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Marshall University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $27,472 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Marshall University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Marshall University a good school for you?

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Where is Marshall University Located?

Marshall University is located in the urban setting of Huntington, West Virginia.

If you want to see Marshall University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 64 to Huntington, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Huntington Tri-State Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Marshall University and Huntington are like without leaving home.

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College Info

One John Marshall Drive Huntington, WV 25755

Campus Setting: Urban

Marshall University Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Marshall University is Continuous processing.

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Marshall University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Marshall University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Marshall University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Marshall University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

910 - 1120


Math SAT Range

460 - 555


Reading SAT Range

480 - 590

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1120 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Marshall University students is 1046. Applicants with SAT scores of 1120 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Marshall University, while applicants with SAT scores between 910 to 1120 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 910 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Marshall University.

Marshall University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Marshall University is like? There are approximately 11,957 students enrolled at Marshall University, including 8,771 undergraduate students and 3,186 graduate students. 80% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from WV and 18% percent of students are from other states.


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