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Marshall University in Huntington, WV

VBCMomVBCMom Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
edited November 2013 in Parents Forum
Does anyone know anything about this university? I know it's not competitive at all to get into. However, a lot of state universities have high admission rates, so that's not a reason alone (for us) to avoid it.

It has my d13 major, is affordable for us, and has an active marching band (important to her). It also seems to have an active Newman Center (another area of interest for dd)

Any comments??

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  • eyemamomeyemamom Registered User Posts: 4,611 Senior Member
    We are Marshall...hubby graduated from there. He had a fine time and has done well in life but wishes he had gone out of state or Wesleyan. If she likes it and it's affordable I'd say why not. My mil reports drugs have become a big issue there but I don't know if she realizes what other schools are like.
  • younghossyounghoss Registered User Posts: 3,014 Senior Member
    My S considered that one. Big team spirit, and quite a well known school, which can help when a grad is seeking employment(for those who go to college for employment). The athletic dept was quite proud of grad Chad Pennington, a true scholar-athlete. Discussion about Randy Moss came up only if we brought up his name. Clearly, they weren't so proud of him.
    I have 2 friends grad from there, that are in good careers and have a happy life. That's what most want in life. A few expect the high profile famous life, and those might not be well-suited to Marshall. Remember though, those that want to rise to the level of CEO of IBM(for example) will likely do grad school too. Undergrad college is less important when one graduates with a higher degree.
    Here are a few that have done well for themselves: Michael J. Farrell, managing member with Farrell, White & Legg PLCC; Lynne M. Fruth, president and chairman of the board of Fruth Pharmacy; Clarence E. Martin, chief executive officer and chief financial officer of State Electric Supply Company; and Joseph L. Williams Jr., chairman and CEO of BASIC Supply Company Inc., director of First Sentry Bank and director of Energy Services of America.
    Success is more dependent on the student than the U.
  • my-3-sonsmy-3-sons Registered User Posts: 2,784 Senior Member
    My nephew is a junior there and having a very good experience. He's from OOS and found the campus very welcoming. It's a nice college town with good school spirit.
  • PackMomPackMom Registered User Posts: 7,667 Senior Member
    Marshall is in the same athletic conference as S2's university. They bring a loud supportive spirited crowd to football games. Have you seen the movie "We are Marshall"? It's a great movie that chronicles a pivotal period in Marshall history. Definitely recommend it.
    Marshall is generally known/heard of where we live (not W Va) as a good state school.
  • VBCMomVBCMom Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    Thank you for the comments.

    For us, this is an OSS school. It's presumably a safety for d13, as her SAT's are above the 25th-75th %tile range, we can afford it, it has her major and seems to be a big football school, even though it's not in one of the major conferences (although did go to a bowl; game last year).

    This is not high on the list for dd at this time, as she really wants a big time D1 football school. But it's in the area where we'll already be this summer, so I am gently encouraging.

    I have seen the movie, but don't think dd has. I think we'll watch it over spring break!

    Any other comments?

  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 21,806 Senior Member
    Love the movie. I thought the town was a dump and the campus was disappointing. I was there on business and looked around quite a bit. I'm sure you can make the best of it, but It would be purely a financial choice in my opinion.
  • VBCMomVBCMom Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    MOWC, Thanks for your comments.
  • Sop14's MomSop14's Mom Registered User Posts: 792 Member
    You should also know that the University of West Virginia is where the law school is, so that's where the legislature sends the money.
  • dudedaddudedad Registered User Posts: 1,930 Senior Member
    For fun we did a "drive by" at WVU yesterday on our way home from Pittsburgh to DC. Spotted a Newman Center and also a Hillel FWIW. Morgantown has the most steep hills of any U.S. town I've seen. Well maybe it's one steep hill :-)
    There is another post somewhere (College Search and Selection perhaps?) that has a link to WVU merit money.
    In terms of school spirit, band, etc. I've heard the WVU fans are just a bit crazed for their football...
  • Hummingbird22Hummingbird22 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Any feedback, thoughts or opinions regarding the BSN program at Marshall?
    Thanks in advance
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Registered User Posts: 26,432 Senior Member
    Marshall and Shepard univesities in WV were options many in the tri state area considered good choices for any number of programs. The schools have a lot to offer and that they are in settings that are not so hot is something a lot of popular schools have as well. I'm not exactly crazy about Gabrill or Athens, OH or any number of such towns> For those looking for a school with sports teams that are supported by the student body, with bands and other such thing, will find it here.

    A BSN program would be a good choice at Marshall.
  • footballmom104footballmom104 Registered User Posts: 1,064 Senior Member
    I'm surprised so many people know of H's and my alma mater, where S1 is currently a senior. He chose it over Ohio University for sports journalism and has had wonderful opportunities he would not have had elsewhere. He was also able to pick up another major in history. He's made great friends and couldn't be happier. And I like that it's only 50 miles away ... he's "away at school" but close enough that he can easily come home. I echo some of Younghoss' sentiments, though. Most Marshall students go to college for employment and it tends to have kind of a blue-collar vibe to it. A lot of students are first-gen from the coalfields and rural areas. We don't have a lot of high profile CEO type graduates. But if you're not hung up on "prestige" and are looking for a solid education that won't send you into debt (much), Marshall has a lot to offer. And yes, the Newman Center is active. S1 goes occasionally, especially during Lent!

    @Sop14'sMom - There's such animal as the University of West Virginia. It's West Virginia University.
  • footballmom104footballmom104 Registered User Posts: 1,064 Senior Member
    @dudedad - WVU "fans" are creeps and thugs, plain and simple. Most of them never set foot in any college, let alone WVU. They're an embarrassment to themselves and everyone else in this state. We Marshall fans go out of our way to show visiting teams that we are not like them and that that is not what West Virginians are all about.
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Registered User Posts: 26,432 Senior Member
    Umm. My father, a gentleman like few, graduated from WVU, as did my very gracious niece. I have another going there right now. WVU has always been a school on our kids lists.

    Marshall is an excellent option. The only hesitation I have about the school, is the same one I have for say, a lot of the SUNYs,, in fact, even the major ones. They tend to have an overwhelming number of locals at the school and being out of area, especially out of state means you are not only a minority, but a single digit percentage wise minority. THough I have a son at an OOS university, at least there are enough kids in his situation that he's an anomaly. Still, he now understands what I was getting at about social issues. The overwhelming number of kids who are local, makes it a bit difficult when you are not outgoing, as so many of the kids know each other, or at least know of each other and are only a degree off in points of contact. When you go to any smaller state school, the chances increase that you are an outlier when you live outside of an hour's distance from the school, and especially if you come from OOS, especially a state some distance away.

    That is my only hesitiation with Marshall, and schools like it. There are advantages to going to such schools too, as the entry into some good career type programs can be more likely. THe line to even get into the school of business can be very long, and the process competitive at a lot of schools, and other programs that have a high demand. Picking a school like Marshal can enhance a student' s chances that way.
  • footballmom104footballmom104 Registered User Posts: 1,064 Senior Member
    Cpt, ITA about the "locals" issue at Marshall. I was one of them. But in fairness, not all of them run in packs. For a variety of reasons, I stayed as far away from the 90 percent of my HS class who went there as possible and reached out to new people in any way I could. S1 was the same - relatively few people from his graduating class went to Marshall so he was kind of forced out of his comfort zone. One of his roommates was a year ahead of him in HS and another is from nearby, but most of his friends are from OOS or distant places in WV.
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