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Shenandoah University

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With the goal to create a “Yes, You Can” environment for students to build their future; Shenandoah University or SU came into being in 1875. It was originally founded as Shenandoah Seminary by Dr. Abraham Funkhouser and Professor Jay Fries in Dayton, Virginia. After a few name and status changes, it finally received the University status on January 1, 1991. Today, Shenandoah University is a private University of higher education located in Winchester, Virginia. Shenandoah promotes the welfare of each individual by fostering an environment in which students learn, grow and flourish.


Shenandoah University offers more than 85 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Shenandoah University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. At SU, students can personalize their major by taking a minor in something that interests them or supplements their major. Students can also get a double major. The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) offers self paced learning programs for the adults in diverse areas such as Sustainable Energy and Going Green, Healthcare and Fitness, Hospitality and Gaming, and Media and Design.

Shenandoah University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University also holds discipline-based accreditations from accrediting agencies such as Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; American Music Therapy Association; State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; and Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Schools and Colleges:

The University offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees and over 25 graduate degrees through the following academic schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences; Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business; Shenandoah Conservatory; School of Health Professions; Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy; and School of Education & Human Development Programs of Study.

SU Online:

Shenandoah also offers online certificate courses for students who are unable to attend regular college due to full time job commitments or other responsibilities. These online programs are designed to provide students with the workforce skills required to gain professional positions for several in-demand jobs. As an online learner, students can take the opportunity to advance their career or get a certificate in business, technical construction, allied-health care, internet design, Microsoft training and more.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Each year, Shenandoah University boasts an enrollment of approximately 3,800 students from over 45 states across the nation and more than 70 countries worldwide. The student body is equally divided between undergraduate and graduate students. Admission to Shenandoah University is competitive, so applicants are requested to decide their academic and career goals. Students seeking admission to SU must send their official academic transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and letters of recommendation.

Transfer students must send all the official transcripts from any colleges or universities previously attended. International students must meet the University’s ESL requirement and send their TOEFL score. SU offers several support services for international students such as the International and Cross-Cultural Center, the Writing Center, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Financial Aid

Each year, nearly 85% of the students apply for financial aid at Shenandoah University. The institution strives to help students meet their educational expenses through various mediums. All students seeking financial aid must complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships offered at the University include Presidential Scholarship, Academic Scholarship, Promise Scholarship, Arts & Sciences Scholarships, Business Scholarships, Conservatory Talent Award, Nursing Scholarships, Virginia Conference United Methodist Scholarship, Virginia Conference Ministerial Grant, and Tuition Exchange Scholarships.

Shenandoah offers a variety of federal and state grants which include Shenandoah University Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, and Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program (VTAG).

Loans are borrowed funds that need to be returned with interest. Some of the loans offered at SU are Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, Alternative/Private Loan Programs, and Federal Loan Consolidation.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1404th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at Shenandoah boasts a close-knit, caring community offering plentiful opportunities for leadership, service, and fun. The Student Government Association (SGA) is an on-campus organization that acts like the voice of the student body. It initiates and organizes a variety of events and activities to enrich the University experience of the students. There are several on-campus clubs and organizations such as Political Science Society, Psychology Club, Colleges Against Cancer, Black Student Union, and International Students Association (ISA). There are also several honorary societies on the campus such as Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Chi, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Phi Lambda Sigma, Phi Theta Epsilon, and Pho Chi.

The Office of Student Activities is committed to providing a variety of quality programs and activities to boost the SU experience. They provide educational, recreational, and social programs to help students become lifelong learners. The office serves all types of students: commuter and residential, undergraduate and graduate, part-time as well as full-time.

Media and Publications:

The SUN is the award-wining campus newspaper, published weekly since 1994. The newspaper covers all aspects of campus news and student life. The student writers contributing for the newspaper have been honored with several journalism awards from the Virginia Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Society for Collegiate Journalists, and the American Scholastic Press Association.

Campus Facilities:

The Shenandoah University Libraries comprise of the Alson H. Smith, Jr. Library, which is the main library facility for the University. There is a Media Center located on the third floor of the Alson H. Smith, Jr. Library. The branch Health Sciences Library is housed in the Health Professions Building of the Winchester Medical Center. The campus also includes a Career Development Center and a Wilkins Wellness Center that provides health and counseling services.

Shenandoah University offers decent housing facilities for the students. The residence life is enriched with a variety of support services, activities and recreational programs to promote the overall development of the students. The residence halls are well-furnished and equipped with modern amenities. Some of the residence halls at SU include Funkhouser Hall, Gore Hall, Parker Hall, Racey Hall, Edwards Residential Village, and Romine Living Center.

Shenandoah also present lip smacking dining options for the students, faculty members and staff. The eateries are common places for students to hangout between classes or grab a quick bite. Some of the popular dining locations within the campus are Allen Dining Hall Marketplace, Jazzman’s Café, 155 Grill, Simply to Go, and the Health Professions Building (HPB) Café.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Shenandoah’s athletics department sponsors men’s and women’s teams that compete in intercollegiate sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, softball, cross country, volleyball, and track & field. The sports teams are nicknamed the Hornets. Their colors are Red and Blue. The Hornets compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III. SU is a member of the USA South Athletic Conference; Colonial States Athletic Conference (men’s lacrosse); and Middle Atlantic Corporation.

Additional School Information

The U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges and Universities list (2011 issue) placed Shenandoah University at 32nd (Tier 1) in the Regional Universities (South) category.


Shenandoah University. 2011.

Mellott, Jack. Shenandoah University. Harmony House Publishers, 2000. Print.

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Ranks 20th in Virginia and 536th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 5 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery 3 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 20 0.49

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 31 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 29 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 130 0.49
Larceny 956 3.61
Vehicle theft 31 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Winchester, VA 22601-5195
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population24,439 (24,437 urban / 2 rural)
Households10,321 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,789
Families5,882 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist
Congressional District5110

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 474th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $27,986 $27,986 $27,986
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,420 $1,420 $1,420
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $815 $815 $815
FT Graduate Tuition $19,176 $19,176 $19,176
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,305 $1,305 $1,305
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $799 $799 $799
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $43,598 $43,598 $43,598
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $43,598 $43,598 $43,598
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $35,284 $35,284 $35,284

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $31,350 $31,350
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,920 $1,920

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $27,940 $28,800 $27,940 $28,800 $27,940 $28,800
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,950 $9,240
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,950 $9,240
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,600(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,800(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,833 (840 male / 993 female)
Admitted 1,550 (719 male / 831 female)
Admission rate 85%
First-time Enrollment 459 (243 male / 216 female)
FT Enrollment 457 (243 male / 214 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (N/A male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment4,003

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Old Dominion Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Old Dominion Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

488th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 31%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26

SAT Test Admission

771st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1120

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity912
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 42 78 14 27 4 595 50 812
Acting 9 1 10
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General 1 1 1 4 7
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 9 10
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 2 1 19 24
Business Administration and Management, General 21 9 1 5 57 5 98
Chemistry, General 1 3 1 5
Conducting 1 1 2
Costume Design 2 2
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 1 13 3 19
Dance, General 1 3 4
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 3
Education, General 2 4 3 1 1 70 5 86
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 12 3 15
Educational/Instructional Technology
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 15 16
English Language and Literature, General 4 4
Environmental Studies 6 6
Exercise Physiology
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 2 2
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 3 4
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History, General 4 4
Information Science/Studies
Jazz/Jazz Studies 1 1
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 4 4
Keyboard Instruments 1 1
Language Interpretation and Translation
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 13 15
Mathematics, General 1 4 5
Multicultural Education 1 1
Music Pedagogy 2 2
Music Performance, General 1 3 2 20 3 29
Music Teacher Education 14 2 16
Music Technology 1 3 1 5
Music Theory and Composition 5 5
Music Therapy/Therapist 3 2 1 11 1 18
Music, General 2 1 3
Musical Theatre 12 1 13
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 2 1 2 5
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 1 19 2 22
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 10 1 41 1 53
Physician Assistant 1 1 2 24 4 32
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies 2 2
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 3 3
Psychology, General 1 25 3 29
Public Administration 1 1 7 1 10
Public Health, Other 1 1 5 7
Radio and Television
Reading Teacher Education 5 5
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 1 3 1 22 2 29
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 19 1 11 1 72 8 113
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 1 1
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music 5 1 6
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 4 5 2 3 14
Secondary Education and Teaching 7 7
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 13 13
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 2 1 7
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 1
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 4 1 1 6
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1 4 6
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1062nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,979 ($73,846 male / $64,810 female)
Number of FT Faculty 239 (105 male / 134 female)
Number of PT Faculty 405
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $4,186,033

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