Quick Facts

  • A student-centered research university located in downtown Huntington, West Virginia, with additional locations in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, Teays Valley and Beckley
  • Founded in 1837 as Marshall Academy
  • Named for John Marshall, Fourth Chief Justice of the United States
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
  • Carnegie Classification – Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
  • Research Funding: $49.6M million annually
  • Alumni: 91,120

Student Body (Fall 2020 Data)

  • Total: 11,962
  • 60% Female; 40% Male
  • Undergraduate: 8,776 (73%)
  • Graduate: 2,515 (21%)
  • First Professional: 671 (6%)
  • Minority Students: 1,386 (12%)
  • International Students: 254 (2%)
  • Out-of-State: 1,792 (15%)
  • Students from: 49 states and 56 countries
  • Average Incoming Freshman ACT: 23
  • Average Incoming Freshman GPA: 3.64
  • First to Second Year retention rate of first-time freshmen 2019-20: 77%%
  • Degrees Granted 2019-20: 2,796

Faculty/Class Size

  • Undergraduate student/faculty ratio: 18 to 1
  • Faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree in the their fields: 88% with school of medicine
  • Minority Faculty: 18% of full-time instructional faculty
  • Average Class Size: 20


  • NCAA Division I, Conference USA
  • NCAA Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer
  • NCAA Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading,Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track/Field, Cross Country, Volleyball
  • Spirit Groups: DanceTeam, Marching Thunder, Pep Band
  • Student-Athletes: 395
  • 32 Intramural Sports offered through The Rec including: Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football, Dodgeball and Wiffle Ball
  • 10 Club Sports: Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Tennis, Sports Fencing Club, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Cycling, Wrestling, and Equestrian

Campus Life

  • 230 recognized student organizations
  • Student Services: Center for African American Students, College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Career Services, Counseling Center, Health Services, H.E.L.P. Program, Security/Escort Service, Tutoring, Women’s and Gender Center, LGBTQ+ Office, Student Resource Center, Writing Center
  • Study Abroad Programs: 250 sites in 42 countries
  • Housing and Residence Life: 3 freshman halls, 6 upper class halls and 1 residential apartment community for graduate students
  • Cars: All students are permitted to have cars and may purchase a university parking permit.
  • National Student Exchange Program: 200 colleges within the U.S. and Canada
  • Fraternities: 10; Sororities: 6
  • Services: Student Legal Assistance, Student Engagement and Community, Veteran and Military Support
  • Career Services: 3,430 jobs posted, 508 internships posted in 2015-16

Programs Offered (2018-19)

  • 2 Associate Degree Programs
  • 57 Baccalaureate Degree Programs
  • 52 Master’s Degree Programs
  • 2 Education Specialist Degree Programs
  • 4 Doctoral Degree Programs
  • 3 First Professional Degree Programs

Freshman Admission Requirements

  • A high school diploma (official transcript with graduation date required)
  • An overall high school GPA of at least a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a Composite score of at least 19 on the ACT or SAT equivalent or an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and Composite score of at least 16 on the ACT or SAT equivalent.

When to Apply

  • Admission: Decisions are made on a rolling basis up to two weeks before the semester begins.
  • Housing: Assignments are made on a first-come, first served basis. Apply as soon as possible after being admitted and submitting your enrollment deposit.
  • Financial Aid: Priority is given to early applicants; however, awards are made on a continuous basis. The FAFSA becomes available October 1 each year. West Virginia residents must complete their FAFSA by March 1 preceding the academic year for consideration for state aid.

Financial Assistance (2018-19)

  • Undergraduates applying for financial aid: 90%
  • Average aid packaging: $11,618 (full-time students)
  • Average need-based grant: $6,774 (full-time students)
  • Average student indebtedness at graduation: $32,227