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West Virginia’s Shepherd University sits scenically above the Potomac River, just ninety minutes away from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. This small liberal arts university is “big on community service and community in general,” including both within Shepherd and in the surrounding area. The school is “very much affordable, especially to in-state students,” but that doesn’t mean it compromises on opportunity: A plethora of programs and events are available to help attendees “accelerate in school,” including “guest speakers and presentations to provide insight to future pathways.” As one example of these “very helpful and abundant” amenities and services, if a class is not offered, a student can often pursue independent study and “work with an advisor at their own pace during the semester [to] pursue their research interests.”

Additionally, professors here are “very passionate about their fields,” “want to make a difference in your life,” and are “very open when it comes to meeting with students.” Students appreciate the inclusion of “discussion groups, collaborative projects, and department-wide trips … to enrich [the] learning experience.” Moreover, they love that the faculty strives to be “clear in what they need you to do and what you need to learn,” and that they’re “more than willing to share connections with the student body.” As one student puts it, “From research positions to shadowing experiences, you will be prepared for your next steps.”

Student Body

Since Shepherd has a smaller student body (fewer than three thousand undergraduates attend), the school lends itself to a “more family-like atmosphere.” But that doesn’t mean it’s not “extremely diverse”—traditional, non-traditional, and international students all stroll the hallways and grounds. “I feel like we have a well-rounded lump of people who attend here,” says one student. And that well-roundedness comes across in the “kind and collaborative” attitude everyone seems to have on a campus where everyone “is encouraged by students, members, and staff to be who they truly are.”

Campus Life

“The campus is truly breathtaking” at Shepherd, offering “lots of hikes” and “beautiful parks and trails around the area.” Plus, nearby, historic Shepherdstown is the “perfect mix of small town and suburban life.” Students “really enjoy going into town and frequenting coffee shops and restaurants.” One student specifically notes, “I visit a bakery daily that was once used as a Civil War hospital, and it is only a three-minute walk from class.” The school is also “rich with opportunities because of the close proximity to major cities.”

Between classes, “people will go to the commuter lounge and relax” or study in the library. When classes are over, the school’s Program Board “sets up events constantly, such as Paint Night, Bingo, or different food-related events.” That constant sense of involvement is just one of the reasons that the university “has a sense of home to it.” That’s reinforced come game day, when “students rock … university gear with pride.”

Overview

Applicants
1,573
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average HS GPA
3.40

GPA Breakdown

35%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 570
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 16

Regular — August 18


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
347
with Terminal Degree
182

181
Women
166
Men
33
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
25%
Graduate in 5 years
39%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Engineering Science.

  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Health and Wellness, General.
  • Nursing Practice.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Computational and Applied Mathematics.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Globalization Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental 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, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, FITNESS, AND KINESIOLOGY.

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix '74
President, Shepherd University

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

Ramon A. Alvarez ?64
Honeywell VP (retired)

Dr. Stanley O. Ikenberry ?56
President Emeritus, University of Illinois

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
25%
Graduate in 5 years
39%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,159

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,611

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,048

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,686

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,418

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,548
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,052
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,750

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,500
Comprehensive Fee
$10,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,421
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

1.69%
Asian
8.93%
African-American
4.37%
Hispanic
79.36%
Caucasian
1.32%
Unknown

24% female
76% male
33% are out of state
44% are full time
56% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
33%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
48%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Same as above

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ann Wendle

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

See www.shepherd.edu/disability/dss.faq

Documentation Required for ADHD

See www.shepherd.edu/disability/dss.faq

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
88
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
6

3% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

9% 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
Minority Support Groups
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Univ. of Maryland at College Park

Sustainability

68/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

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Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell; Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Front Office Staff
Office of Admissions

Address
PO Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000

Phone
304-876-5212

Email
admission@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. and 2 p.m.
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
www.shepherd.edu/admissions/visit-campus

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@shepherd.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
MARC train (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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