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Marshall reports highest freshmen retention rate in institution history

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University is reporting retention rate for freshmen students is at an all-time high.

First-time, full-time students who enrolled in the fall 2019 semester returned the following school year at a 78% rate, a 5% increase from the prior year.

Jamie Taylor, Marshall’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, credited the Friend at Marshall Peer Mentoring program, which matches incoming freshmen and transfer students with a mentor.

“The peer mentors really have the pulse of our students and are able to troubleshoot at just the right moment, before a small matter becomes a big issue,” he said.

Marshall University completed its spring semester with a May 1 commencement ceremony. The fall semester will begin Aug. 23 with plans for resuming face-to-face classes.

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