Marshall University is located in the rolling, green hills of southern West Virginia and has several campuses throughout the Huntington and Charleston areas. The school has experienced great success and national recognition with its numerous athletic championships and prestigious academic programs. Marshall’s forensic science graduate program is one of only three post-graduate forensic science programs in the country accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The university also features the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine which is a nationally-reputed regional cancer research institution.
Marshall’s outstanding academic programs and reputation for producing hall-of-fame athletes has earned it national recognition as an exemplary program. However, the release of the movie We Are Marshall brought the national spotlight to the school. The movie depicts the tragic plane crash of November 14,1970 in which seventy-five people including coaches, fans, flight members and nearly the entire football team lost their lives. It was the biggest air tragedy in NCAA history and the college solemnly remembers the tragedy by way of a memorial fountain. The catastrophic events of that day brought the school together and fostered a fellowship that continues to exemplify the feeling of family and teamwork that the school personifies today.