|City:||Huntington, West Virginia|
|Sports:||cross country, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, swim and dive, tennis, track, volleyball|
Marshall University is a West Virginia public university founded in 1837. It ranked #36 in US News's 2008 "Universities-Master's (South): Top Schools" list. The school is named in honor of US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall,
The Virginia General Assembly formally incorporated Marshall Academy in 1838. The school closed during the Civil War. During the war, the campus became a part of West Virginia, and in 1867, the West Virginia Legislature established the State Normal School of Marshall College to train teachers. In 1920, Marshall expanded beyond teacher education by adding a Pre-Medic program.
On March 1, 1961, the West Virginia Legislature approved changing the school's name to Marshall University. Marshall had two branch campuses at Logan West Virginia and Williamson West Virginia from 1963 to 1971. They then became a part of the community college system.
On November 14, 1970, the football team, its coaching staff and fans were killed when a plane crashed while returning from a game with East Carolina University. The school conducts an annual memorial service for the those who died in that crash. In 2006, the campus' recovery from the tragedy was protrayed in a commercial film, We Are Marshall. In 1978, the Medical School admitted its first students. Since 2003, the school has sponsored the Marshall University Marathon, the largest marathon in West Virginia.