Shepherd University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Shepherd University

Shepherd University is a public, four-year institution situated in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The institution has a large selection of 75 undergraduate and 5 graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Students are backed by a robust 16 to 1student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. The Shepherd University Rams play in the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference (MEC).


  • Total Enrollment: 3,648 (3,380 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male/56% Female
  • 75% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,784 (in-state); $18,224 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000
  • Room and Board: $10,776
  • Other Expenses: $2,875
  • Total Cost: $22,435 (in-state); $32,875 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 94%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 85%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,800
    • Loans: $6,475

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: General Studies; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies; and Secondary Education and Teaching

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 69%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 12%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 30%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 48%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Overview of Shepherd University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. This institution has a robust admissions process that involves a multitude of academic measures. Applicants must complete an online application. A persuasive essay and glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. Interested students should check out the institution’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

  • Shepherd University Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490/590
    • SAT Math: 480/570
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 19/23
    • ACT English: 18/24
    • ACT Math: 17/23

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Shepherd University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Shepherd University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Shepherd University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Montclair State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of California, Merced, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, La Salle University, Liberty University, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Shepherd University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Alabama, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Applying to Shepherd University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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