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Marshall University: Narrative Description


One John Marshall Dr.
Huntington, WV 25755
Tel: (304)696-3170
Admissions: (304)696-3160
Fax: (304)696-3135
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University System of West Virginia. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1837. Setting: 70-acre urban campus. Endowment: $52.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $14.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5142 per student. Total enrollment: 13,920. Faculty: 711 (452 full-time, 259 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 2,577 applied, 84% were admitted. Full-time: 8,275 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 1,584 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 29 other countries, 17% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 18% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3818 full-time, $151 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,128 full-time, $414 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $478 full-time, $11.75 per semester hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6060. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Crusade for Christ, Gamma Beta Phi, The International Students' Organization, Newman Association, Phi Alpha Theta. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fest, Independence Daze. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,200 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. John Deaver Drinko Library plus 2 others with 478,274 books, 972,106 microform titles, 5,314 serials, 24,759 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.4 million. 1,854 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Huntington is a busy river terminal and serves as the shipping point for millions of tons of coal mined annually from the great bituminous fields to the south of the city. It is also the center of a large natural gas and oil-producing area. The annual mean temperature is 56.6 degrees with an annual rainfall of 41.8 inches. The community is accessed by bus, rail, and air. There are medical facilities, a public library, YMCA, YWCA, and over 140 churches of various denominations serving the area. Recreation includes municipal swimming pools, roller skating rinks, golf, tennis, bowling, boating, the Memorial Field House, theatres, and the Huntington Civic Center which attracts top entertainment. Part-time employment is available.

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