In our recent community survey, we wanted to know a little bit more about the background of families that choose a Marshall education for their children. To get at this, we asked parents where they went to high school.

The results surprised us.

As you can see from the graphic above, almost 3/​4 of our our parents report going to high school outside of Duluth. Only 11% are alumni of our school and only 16% went to HS in Duluth.

As we think about this data, it becomes clear that Marshall provides a valuable service to families who come to Duluth to work. We hear those stories anecdotally, about the families that finalized their decision to move here when they learned about Marshall, but this is the first hard evidence we have of the real scope of our parents’ backgrounds.

Interestingly, the data also holds when we asked our faculty: with 75% reporting going to HS outside of Duluth.

Marshall is a bit of a melting pot, if you will, for our city and region.

We also believe that this diverse set of backgrounds and experiences help to broaden the minds of our students, who are heading into a complex and interconnected world.