New MU students crack open the books; Retention Rate Up Too

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New MU students crack open the books; Retention Rate Up Too

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In a colorful collage of rainbow-colored tee shirts, nearly 2,000 students joined in a group “We Are Marshall” cheer next to Marshall University’s famed Memorial Fountain this morning to mark the end of a packed week of freshman orientation activities.

The photo of the group is symbolic of a scene from the 2006 globally distributed “We Are Marshall” movie but it also gives the Class of 2015 students an opportunity to commemorate the beginning of their college careers, said Dr. Gayle Ormiston, Marshall provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

While enrollment figures are not yet final, it appears Marshall’s freshman enrollment will top last year’s record of 2,051.  Overall enrollment also looks like it will be higher, as well, Ormiston said, but he emphasized student headcounts this early in the semester are subject to change as students add and drop classes and late registrations come online.

“One statistic with which we are particularly pleased is our overall retention rate for returning students, which is up about 3.8 percent right now,” Ormiston said.

At Marshall, student success is our top priority and we’ve begun a number of new intensive advising programs and student resources that are making a difference. The increase in student retention shows that we’re making progress toward our goal, and we are going to keep moving in that direction.” To view video clips and photographs of today’s cheer and Week of Welcome activities, visit and click on the freshman group photo

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