Marshall orientation sessions expected to attract about 2,200 students

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of new Marshall University students will be on the Huntington campus next week, some two months before attending their first classes, to participate in New Student Orientation.

Beginning Tuesday, June 21, the first of about 2,200 MU freshmen and transfer students will visit the campus for orientation. Each new student is expected to attend one of the sessions, which run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day June 21 through 25, July 19 through 22 and Aug. 4 and 5.

Orientation is a program designed to acclimate new students to the campus. Participants receive valuable information from the offices on campus, get identification cards made, register for classes and tour the campus.

Beth Wolfe, Marshall’s director of recruitment, said 142 students have registered for the Tuesday, June 21 session, which is for honors students only. The other dates are open to all new students.

“We hope that students who attend orientation will leave feeling prepared and confident for their first day of classes, and that they will feel like they are now members of the Marshall University family,” Wolfe said.

While the June 22-25 and July 19 sessions are full, students may still register for the July 20-22 dates and the August 4-5 dates. Wolfe said students must first pay their $100 enrollment deposit before they can register. They can do so by calling the bursar’s office at 304-696-6620 or 800-438-5389. Once the deposit is paid, they can register at

Sessions planned for parents include time with financial aid advisors and student services staff, as well as discussions of campus safety issues and other academic and financial topics.

“We hope the parents will take advantage of their portion of the program, to learn more about what their students’ experience will entail

Week of Welcome activities for freshmen begin Wednesday, Aug. 17, and the first day of fall classes is Monday, Aug. 22.