- Contacts: Dr. Sherri Stepp, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of University College
- Website: http://www.marshall.edu/uc
University College (UC) was created in 1999 to unite several important academic and student services. UC is the official college of undecided students, conditionally admitted students, some pre-nursing students, students enrolled in college courses in the high schools/early entry high school students, special admits, transient students and exchange students. In addition to academic advising for undecided, conditionally admitted and some pre-nursing students, UC provides many opportunities to all Marshall University students including Tutoring Services, University Studies (UNI) courses, the National Student Exchange Program, and math placement exams.
University College offers students a solid foundation of academic skills for progression into another Marshall University college to declare a major and graduate. University College is dedicated to adhering to national academic advising standards, providing professional academic guidance in a holistic and caring manner, understanding and practicing inclusion, operating with high ethical standards, embracing innovation and creativity, collaborating with the university community to ensure student success, safeguarding the privacy of students, and encouraging student engagement in their own educational process. University College extends this mission to all Marshall students by providing a broad range of academic services and transitional support programs.
National Student Exchange
Please see description under “Learning Opportunities and Resources.”
Please see description under “Learning Opportunities and Resources.”
Week of Welcome (WOW)
Week of Welcome is an opportunity for freshmen to familiarize themselves with the Huntington campus and learn what it means to be a student at Marshall University. Arriving on campus a few days early, freshmen participate in the President’s Freshman Convocation and sessions with the dean, faculty and staff of their academic college, along with other large group sessions and small group seminars. WOW programs are also offered to students attending the South Charleston campus, the Mid-Ohio Valley Center, and the Teays Valley Regional Center. Week of Welcome (WOW) is an integral part of Freshman First Class (UNI 100 Freshman First Class), an introduction to academic structures and expectations of college life. Week of Welcome includes optional evening activities and social events for both residential and commuter students. Information about Week of Welcome is available at www.marshall.edu/wow.
University College provides advising for undecided students, conditionally admitted students, some pre-nursing students, students enrolled in college courses in the high schools/early entry high school students and special admits. Undecided, conditionally admitted and pre-nursing students will be assigned a specific University College advisor. Advising is provided in a supportive atmosphere where students may obtain information regarding various majors and academic opportunities. Appointments are encouraged, but not required.
Conditionally Admitted Students
Marshall University offers a limited number of conditional admissions to entering freshman students whose academic credentials fall slightly below regular admission requirements. Students not meeting the requirements for regular admission should contact the Office of Admissions to inquire about this opportunity.
Conditional students are admitted to University College and are not eligible to declare an academic major. Students must meet specific requirements within three semesters to gain full admission to the university. Requirements include:
- Attendance on the Huntington campus.
- For students having Verbal ACT scores of less than 18 or SAT ERW 480, successful completion of required corequisite English course.
- Successful completion of academic support class (UNI 100 Freshman First Class).
- Completion of 18 earned hours with a 2.00 GPA (cumulative and MU).
Students will be assigned an academic advisor, who will guide them through their conditional requirements while enrolling in courses meeting general education requirements and recommended exploratory courses in majors of interest. Once all requirements and prerequisites are met, students are eligible to declare a major in a degree-granting college at Marshall University. (Note: Some majors and colleges require a separate application and have additional requirements for admission into their programs.)
Advisors will work with undecided students to help them explore a major that meets their interests and abilities while enrolling in courses meeting general education requirements and recommended exploratory courses in majors of interest. In addition, students will be provided with opportunities to improve their student success skills and development of a career path. Students must declare an academic major upon completion of the 30th credit hour of coursework.
Pre-Nursing students will be assigned an academic advisor who is knowledgeable of the nursing major and course requirements, as well as the nursing application requirements and application procedures required by the College of Health Professions. The assigned advisor will assist students in selecting required general education courses and will assist in the exploration of other health-related academic majors.
Early Entry High School Students
Under certain circumstances, high school students may enroll for college credit in their high schools, in college courses on a Marshall campus or at one of the regional centers. For requirements, see entry under the “Admissions” section of this catalog.
Transient Students (Students Visiting from Other Institutions)
Students enrolled in a degree program at another accepted, accredited institution during the previous year who would like to enroll at Marshall for no more than two consecutive semesters (excluding summer terms) can be admitted as transient students. See the entry under “Admissions” for further information. For assistance in enrolling in classes, transient students should contact University College by calling 304-696-3169.
Placement in English and Math
Students are required to obtain a Verbal ACT score of 18 (SAT ERW 480) to be eligible to enroll in college-level English composition courses. Students with verbal scores below 18 must enroll in a corequisite English course, ENG 101P Beginning Composition Plus, where prerequisite work is combined with college-level coursework.
Required prerequisites for math courses vary based on the individual course. The prerequisite for each course is noted in the Courses of Instruction section found near the end of this catalog. Students who do not meet the prerequisites for their required math course(s) may challenge their placement by taking an exam administered by University College in Smith Communications Building, Room 212. To schedule an exam and obtain information to prepare for the exam, please call 304-696-3169 or visit the University College website at https://www.marshall.edu/uc.
Academic Probation and Suspension Policy for University College Students
All Marshall University students are subject to the Academic Probation and Suspension Policy as defined in the “Academic Information” section of this catalog.
Early enrollment students have the same rights and responsibilities as on-campus students and are subject to the University’s Academic Probation and Suspension Policy.
Dismissal from University College
Students who are conditionally admitted to Marshall University must meet specific requirements within three semesters to gain full admission to the university. Failure to meet these defined requirements (see above) in the allotted three semesters will result in dismissal from University College and Marshall University. University College students may have the opportunity to appeal dismissal based on extenuating circumstances and appropriate documentation.
An introduction to the academic structures and expectations of the University including the E-portfolio process.
An academic enrichment course which provides students with strategies and practical experience for academic success. Topics to be covered include research skills, critical thinking applications, and effective study skills.
Designed for undecided college students. Explore career options and majors. Topics include interest testing, career information, decision-making skills, and job finding strategies. Course does not count toward graduation.
Course provides practical strategies for assessing personal and academic challenges, honing critical thinking skills to make informed decisions, improving learning and time management skills, tracking progress toward personal goals.
Students trained as peer advisors will lead discussions, campus field trips and work with faculty advisors in the design and implementation of the freshamn introduction to campus life and classes. (Prerequisite: Permission of the Executive Director CAE or Dean of University College)
Prepares students to participate on an active research team, with the guidance of (a) faculty research mentor(s), pursing a line of research.
Engages students in original research that advances knowledge and seeks to improve community conditions.
Empowers students to synthesize information and knowledge gained from original research into a meaningful, coherent, and public body of work.
This course will provide necessary steps, tools, and resources future graduates need in completing their undergraduate career and pursuing a graduate degree. Designed for students graduating within one year.