Campus life at Marshall University

Marshall's campus mixes the old and new, from the new facilities, like the Memorial Student Center, to the many offices and services contained in Old Main, the oldest building on campus.

Marshall is dedicated to providing you with the best facilities possible. We have invested $300 million in new buildings and renovations to existing ones in the last 10 years.

Two stunning new buildings opened recently — the College of Information Technology and Engineering and the Visual Arts center. The $56 million engineering complex has high-tech features for the growing Engineering program while the downtown Visual Arts center provides an ultra-modern space that boasts the latest technology in Visual Arts.

Campus communities share your interests

Whatever your interest, you'll find something you enjoy at Marshall. There are over 200 clubs and organizations for students. Student organizations are a great way to meet new friends and get involved on campus while enjoying something you love.

Cheer on the Thundering Herd

There are plenty of opportunities to become a part of Marshall University sports and cheer on the Thundering Herd! Attendance to all sporting events is free with your student ID. You can watch our student athletes participate in 15 different NCAA sports, participate in a club sport that takes part in national and regional tournaments, or stay active in our 11,400-square-meter recreation facility with a swimming pool, walking track, fitness equipment and classes.

You can also get in the game with Marshall's campus recreation program. Join a team on campus to play your favorite sport against other teams of Marshall students.

Find your spiritual home

We want you to feel at home on campus. We understand that faith is a high priority for many, and strive to ensure you have an appropriate outlet to practice your religion during your time here.

Marshall has several religious student organizations including Christian, Catholic, Church of Latter-Day Saints, Jewish and Muslim associations.

Find your favorite foods on campus

When it comes time for a meal between your studies and fun activities, you'll find several options on campus. You can sit down and eat with your new friends or grab a quick meal between classes. There are two all-you-can-eat, buffet-style dining halls: Harless Dining Hall and Towers Marketplace. Both have menus that change daily with choices such as home-style food, international cuisine and freshly-baked desserts.

The Memorial Student Center also works with your meal plan’s Flex dollars and restaurants like Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, Freshens Smoothies, sub sandwiches and more. Because we know how important caffeine is as a busy student, we have three coffee shops on campus. Grab a cup at Starbucks, the Drinko Library or the Simply-To-Go kiosk offering self-serve coffee.

Stay healthy while you study

There may come a time during your Marshall experience that you aren’t feeling well and need to see a doctor. At Marshall, you can go to Student Health Services at nearby Cabell Huntington Hospital. Make an appointment to see a doctor who will help with your health issues and prescribe medication. A free shuttle will even take you from campus to Student Health and back.

Marshall University is generally very safe and West Virginia has one of the lowest crime rates in the US. However, this does not mean crime does not happen. Your safety is largely your responsibility and you should not engage in any activity that puts you in danger.

You can avoid danger by not walking alone late at night and traveling in groups with well-lit and traveled routes. You can always use the Marshall Help Phones located on campus or the Marshall University Police Escort Service.