Marshall University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Marshall University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 91%. Located in Huntington, West Virginia and established in 1837, Marshall University offers 60 undergraduate degree programs. The schools of business and education are popular among undergraduates. In athletics, the Marshall University Thundering Herd competes in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.

Considering applying to Marshall University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Marshall University had an acceptance rate of 91%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 91 students were admitted, making Marshall's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 4,987
Percent Admitted 91%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 37%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Marshall University requires that applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 23% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 470 580
Math 440 550
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Marshall University's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, most of Marshall's admitted students scored between 470 and 580, while 25% scored below 470 and 25% score above 580. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 440 and 550, while 25% scored below 440 and 25% scored above 550. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1130 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Marshall University.

Requirements

Marshall University does not require the optional SAT writing section. Note that Marshall University participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Marshall University requires that applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 93% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 25
Math 17 24
Composite 19 25

This admissions data tells us that most of Marshall University's admitted students fall within the bottom 46% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Marshall received a composite ACT score between 19 and 25, while 25% scored above 25 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

Note that Marshall University participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Marshall does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Marshall University's incoming freshmen class was 3.49, and over 58% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above.These results suggest that most successful applicants to Marshall University have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Marshall University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Marshall University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Marshall University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Marshall University, which accepts over 90% of applicants, has a less selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Marshall University offers unconditional admission to applicants with a minimum ACT composite score of 19 or above, a minimum SAT score of 990 or above, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale who meet academic course requirements. High school coursework must include four units of English; four units of mathematics; three units of social studies (including U.S. studies/history); three units of science (all units must be college-preparatory laboratory science, including biology, chemistry, and physics); two units of the same world language or sign language; and one unit of arts.

Applicants who do not meet the GPA, SAT/ACT, or course requirements for admission may be admitted conditionally to University College at the Huntington campus. Students who do not meet the general or conditional requirements may appeal the decision through the Admission Appeals Committee.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to Marshall University. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 880 or higher, an ACT composite of 16 or higher, and a high school average of a "C+" or better.

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