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Shepherd University

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If you are searching for a top state school, then Shepherd University (or simply “Shepherd”) is among the top rated state schools in the county. Shepherd University is West Virginia’s public liberal arts university with various communities of knowledge seekers and a doorway to the universe of ideas and of course, opportunities. Shepherd University is THE regional centre for a top quality academic, economic and rich cultural opportunity. This school’s mission of service is successful because they are totally committed to their five core values which are:

  • Learning
  • Engagement
  • Integrity
  • Accessibility
  • Community
  • Shepherd University is dedicated to pure excellence, which is why it embraces the five aforementioned core values.

    This institution of higher learning is known for creating a community of knowledge seekers who incorporate their lives with; teaching, learning and scholarship. As part of their strategy to create challenging and useful experiences, within and outside the classrooms, Shepherd University frequently evaluates student learning. The University totally recognizes and permits various learning styles and views for universal understanding.

    The University promotes settings where students, staff members, members of the community and the faculty connect with one another in order to form a relationship that is mutually beneficial. Shepherd University believes that a meaningful connection, and new ideas, will help to successfully promote deep learning and will nurture critical thought.

    The University makes every effort to have an environment that breeds honesty and fairness in all of its actions. The officials at Shepherd University seek input from not just the faculty and staff, but also from students in order to make well informed and unbiased decisions.

    Shepherd University also provides service to each eligible student. The school’s staff and faculty are made available to every student. The school is dedicated to meeting and respecting individual requirements.

    The University consists of a community that includes undergraduates, staff members, alumni, faculty and other citizens. The school meets the requirements of this community via development, evaluation and implementing innovative programs and projects.


    Governor Bob Wise, in 2004, signed legislation which officially changed Shepherd College to Shepherd University.

    Shepherd University is a school that is state-supported within the higher education system in West Virginia. For more than 130 years, when this school first became an entity (it was founded in 1871), Shepherd University has advanced into a highly respected centre of higher learning, which serves numerous but distinct roles.

    Shepherd University offers students the opportunity to earn baccalaureate degrees in a variety of fields, which encompass business admin, the liberal arts, teacher education, and different career-oriented areas.

    The school offers credit programs for people who may not be seeking to earn a particular degree, but seek to simply expand and bring their knowledge up to date, in either totally new or familiar fields of academic undertaking

    For the entire Northern Shenandoah Valley region, Shepherd University is the centre for the following:

  • Non-credit continuing education
  • Suitable citizen access to a wide variety of programs in theater, music, athletics, art and other areas of community interests
  • Public Service
  • The University believes that it has a strong responsibility to extend its resources way beyond the university grounds, thus bringing higher learning a whole lot closer to people who seek knowledge.

    Shepherd University also offers credit granting distance learning programs. Students, who are interested in earning their degree online, should note that Shepherd University does not offer online-only degree programs.

    Shepherd University provides disability services as well, so make sure to make enquires, if you need to.


    Shepherd University is an accredited school. It has received accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The school’s individual programs are accredited by the following:

  • The National Association of Schools of Music
  • The Council on Social Work Education
  • The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • The West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses
  • The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
  • Rankings

    Shepherd University was named West Virginia’s top ranking public baccalaureate school for the second year. This has earned the school the 40th position among the South’s Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the America’s Best Colleges, (2010 edition), a publication which is published by the Unites States News Media Group.


    The University is located in West Virginia’s historic Shepherdstown in the Shenandoah Valley, right on the Potomac River banks. Benefits that are directly related to the University’s location are guest lecturers and performers, career opportunities, internships and field trips.

    Shepherd University is home to the following:

  • George Tyler More Centre for the Study of the Civil War
  • Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence Program
  • Performing Arts Series at Shepherd (PASS)
  • Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF)
  • Facilities

    In the last 20 years, the University has added eleven new buildings; this includes the 9 million dollar Robert C. Byrd Science & Technology Centre. The famous Scarborough Library has also received an 18 billion dollar addition – the Scarborough Library, which is also the home of the Robert C. Byrd Centre for Legislative Studies.

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    As a student at Shepherd University, you can expect a curriculum that is specifically tailored to suit your needs. All students can expect to receive a world class education from the school’s dedicated faculty and from experts in their fields, who provide them with helpful insights and advanced techniques that will give them the competitive edge that they need to stand out in today’s marketplace. Whether you are applying for full time or part time, you will definitely have much more flexibility in your class programme, with a lot of your courses offered on weekends and in the evenings. Shepherd University’s tuition fees are among the most affordable in the region.

    Students will need to take the following steps in completing their Shepherd’s application form:

  • The application is needed for all students seeking to earn a degree, whether or not they are interested in full or part time studies
  • Students are required to pay a non-refundable application fee before their application can be processed. Students should send a check or money order made payable to “Shepherd University” to the Office of Graduate Admissions with the application form
  • All applicants who are applying for the Curriculum & Instruction course should be a certified teacher and should also provide valid documents of certification with their application
  • Applicants who wish to gain admission to full graduate status at Shepherd must be a baccalaureate degree holder from an institution that is regionally accredited with at least a CGPA of 2.75. The students who don’t meet these requirements may receive provisional admission at the discretion of the school’s Graduate Coordinator.

    Financial Aid

    Students who cannot afford to pay for their education at an institution of higher learning can achieve their dreams of getting a top quality education through financial aid programs offered by Shepherd University. The financial aid programs at Shepherd’s are Grants, Loans, Scholarships and Student Employment.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 1429th for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in West Virginia.


    Shepherd University offers quality residence halls that are more than just a place for students to store their personal belongings or to lay their weary heads after a long day of learning. The eight (8) residence halls in Shepherd University are:

  • Birch & Maple Apartments
  • Turner Hall
  • Kenamond Hall
  • Shaw Hall
  • Gardiner Hall
  • Miller Hall
  • Thacher Hall
  • West Woods Complex
  • At the residence halls, students have the opportunity make life-long friends, learn new things and expand their horizons.

    Shepherd University provides various kinds of student services, which includes health services. The University offers Campus Safety & Security Services, such as; 24/7 emergency phones, student patrols, 24/7 foot and car patrols, lighted sidewalks/pathways, late night transportation/escort service and there is also controlled dorm access.

    A good number of students have their cars on campus. At Shepherd University, alcohol consumption is allowed for students who are of legal age.

    Sororities & Fraternities

    The sororities at Shepherd University are: Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma. The Fraternities at Shepherd University are: Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Tau, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Theta Xi. There are also many other interesting organizations and clubs at Shepherd University that students can join and make lasting friendships and impact their environment positively.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics


    Shepherd University offers twelve National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II sports which include baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball, golf, football, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse. “Rams” is the mascot for Shepherd University.

    The Rams cheerleading squad, dance team and marching band, help to promote team spirit at the school’s home games.

    The Shepherd Rams’ first appearance in the NCAA playoffs was made in 1998; in the first round of the playoffs, they ended up beating Indiana University PA 9-7 before they lost in the second round to Slippery Rock. In 1999, Shepherd University made it to the playoffs but they lost in the second round to Millersville.

    For four consecutive years (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007), the Shepherd University’s football team won West Virginia intercollegiate Athletic (WVIAC) Championship. In 2005, the team made an appearance in the national playoffs, but lost in the second round to CW Post. In 2006, in the team’s first ever home playoff game, they reached the third round, but lost to Bloomsburg – but they ranked fifth in the country. In 2007, the team reached the quarterfinals but lost to California. The Ram Stadium is where all the home games are played.

    In 2010, the Rams won the WVIAC crown again. The team earned a bid in the NCAA Division II playoffs. In the first round, they beat Shaw University and in the second round, they beat Kutztown University and in the third round, they defeated Mercyhurst. Shepherd University became the very first WVIAC team to make it to the national semi-finals. In a national broadcast, the Shepherd Rams lost a really close game to Delta State University. In several polls, the Rams finished in the top 10.

    Additional School Information

    There are lots and lots of events that students can attend. You can check out fun activities to do and fun events to attend at Program Board

    Program Board is a student organization at Shepherd. They organize events such as Late Night, Shepfest, Waffle Day and other fun activities. There is always an event to attend at Shepherd…at least once each week.


    • U.S.News. “Shepherd University Student Life.” 2009.
    • Shepherd University website. “Undergraduate.” 2011
    • Program Board. “Events.” 14 April, 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 9th in West Virginia and 1378th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault N/A N/A
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 10 0.23
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 8 0.18
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft N/A N/A
    Arrest 6 0.14

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Shepherdstown, WV 25443
    Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
    Total Population5,914 (2,972 urban / 2,942 rural)
    Households2,067 (2.39 people per house)
    Median Household Income$48,370
    Families1,317 (2.89 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
    UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
    GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
    EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
    Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringMaster's degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District5402

    Special Learning Opportunities

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

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 1377th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,354 $4,354 $12,988
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,902 $1,902 $2,852
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $255 $255 $654
    FT Graduate Tuition $6,436 $6,436 $8,614
    FT Graduate Required Fees $440 $440 $1,142
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $382 $382 $542
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,311 $19,311 $28,895
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,556 $19,556 $29,140
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,606 $10,606 $20,190

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $5,554 $5,834 $5,554 $5,834 $14,418 $15,136
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,100 $1,000
    On-Campus – Room & Board $8,130 $8,854
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,200 $2,775
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $8,783
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $3,250
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $3,250

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$45
    Graduate Application Fee$40
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 2,023 (886 male / 1,137 female)
    Admitted 1,639 (714 male / 925 female)
    Admission rate 81%
    First-time Enrollment 756 (333 male / 423 female)
    FT Enrollment 747 (328 male / 419 female)
    PT Enrollment 9 (5 male / 4 female)
    Total Enrollment4,221

    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

    ACT Test Admission

    853rd for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 56%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

    SAT Test Admission

    853rd for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 57%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 560
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 540
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1100

    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 Capacity1,302
    Meals per Week20
    Room Fee$4,840
    Board Fee$4,340

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 2368th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $59,277 ($60,258 male / $60,169 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 143 (76 male / 67 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 320
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
    Total Benefits $2,594,549

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