Students Say

Shepherd University is a school "large enough to offer plenty of choices for majors and classes, but small enough that you know most of the students in your classes." Shepherd proudly boasts strong "nursing and education departments" and a "well thought out art program" with a "graphic design program [that] is very strong." It is "also close to home" for those students seeking a "well rounded education" at a commutable distance.

Overview

Applicants
1,817
Acceptance Rate
98%
Average HS GPA
3.33

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
9%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 550
SAT Math
440 - 540
ACT Composite
19 - 24

Deadlines


Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Shepherd University is a school "large enough to offer plenty of choices for majors and classes, but small enough that you know most of the students in your classes." Shepherd proudly boasts strong "nursing and education departments" and a "well thought out art program" with a "graphic design program [that] is very strong." It is "also close to home" for those students seeking a "well rounded education" at a commutable distance. "Even though I am a science major," one student says, "I am exposed to classes like art, music, literature, and sociology, and this balanced education exposes me to subjects I may not have taken but ended up loving." The faculty at Shepherd is something of a mixed bag. "There are some exceptional professors and some not [so] good," one student informs us, while another says that "professors in programs of major study are excellent, however, adjuncts are used for the majority of general education courses." While this imbalance is apparent to many students, the general consensus is that there is "at least a handful of exceptional professors in each field of study." Most "are helpful and want to see the students succeed" and "are constantly trying to keep up with the most current information and technology."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16.23:1
Total Faculty
363
with Terminal Degree
169

187
Women
176
Men
30
Minority
9
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
20%
Graduate in 5 years
36%
Graduate in 6 years
40%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • Engineering

  • Computer Engineering, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Nursing Education

  • History

  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Music

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Carolyn Malachi '06
Grammy-nominated artist

Gina Marie Groh '86
U.S. District Judge, Northern District of W.Va.

Judee Ann Williams '01
Co-Director of Creative Artist Agency Foundation

Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix '74
President, Children's Mem. Hospital, Illinois

Dr. Scott McCloskey '71
Neurosurgeon, Catawba Valley Neurological, NC

Erin Sponaugle ’03
2014 W.Va. Teacher of the Year

Dr. Stanley Ikenberry '56
President Emeritus, University of Illinois

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,154

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,076

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,150

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,938

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
66%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,154

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,830
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,628
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,300

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Shepherd's student body consists of "many students [who] are commuters and live off campus" and "a lot of athletes and art majors on campus." "You have your sports people," one student says, "sorority [and] fraternity people, nerds, and many other types. However, all students interact with one another." "One of the greatest qualities of Shepherd University is that the students are diverse and multicultural." "Most people fit in pretty well." Although the dichotomy of commuter students and those on campus is apparent, Shepherd "has an excellent commuter life program," which makes efforts "to bring commuters into [the] Student Center" for various activities, and "there are a large number of diverse groups supported by the student government."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,776
Out of State
37%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

59% female
41% male
37% are out of state
82% are full time
18% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Shepherd University "is a small school…located in the small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia," and to complement the school's small-town atmosphere and surroundings, "the university plans a lot of activities for students to participate in." "I generally take advantage of Shepherd's Wellness Center," one student tells us, "which provides up-to-date athletic facilities." "Late Night in the Zone" is also a popular attraction, which "happens [on] Friday nights, and there's always free food, games, crafts, events, and entertainment. It's a good alcoholand drug-free place." "Sororities and fraternities are also on campus, which allows many interactions between students." Shepherdstown itself has been described as having "an overall laid-back feel," with a "small-town Southern comfort." "For people who party, life after classes means Tony's (the local pub), or a party hosted by a fraternity." But for those students looking to stretch their wings, "Shepherdstown is close to D.C., Hagerstown, and Baltimore…[so] there are options for students to go to larger areas and find more entertainment." For many, Shepherd is a commuter school, which illuminates the fact that "parking is a big problem and often makes students late to class," and more often than not "students must feed the meters in town just to be close to their classes, or they have to walk about a half mile across campus."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
34%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
54%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
78

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
89
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
6

3% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Rams)
6 Sports

Basketball
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.shepherd.edu/mcssweb/

Minority Support Groups: www.shepherd.edu/mcssweb/

Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Univ. of Maryland at College Park

Sustainability

Green Rating
65

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
99

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
31

Average Number of PC's per Lab
22

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell; Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Emmy Wilson
Visitation Coordinator

Address
PO Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000

Phone
304-876-5212

Email
admissions@shepherd.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Butcher Athletic Center
Center for Contemporary Arts
Scarborough Library
Wellness Center
Student Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Antietam National Historic Park
Prime Outlets, Hagerstown, MD
C&O Canal

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
304-876-5212

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
www.shepherd.edu/admissions/visit

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admisssions@shepherd.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
MARC train (to within 3 miles of campus) Dulles International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
See web site www.shepherd.edu/directions-to-shepherd

Local Accommodations
hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts
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Key Stats

1,817
Applicants
3,776
Size
98%
Acceptance Rate
990
SAT Scores

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