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Shepherd University Overview

Shepherd University is a public institution located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Shepherdstown is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Shepherd University Known For?

652 Undergraduate Awards
$26,318 Avg Cost After Aid
89% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Shepherd University is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 55% of the faculty were full-time.

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Shepherd University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Shepherd University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#12 Best Value Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Value Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Shepherd University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#25 Highest Paid Sociology Graduates College Factual

Where Is Shepherd University?

Location of Shepherd University

Contact details for Shepherd University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 301 North King St, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Phone: 304-876-5000
Website: www.shepherd.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShepherdUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShepherdU

How Do I Get Into Shepherd University?

You can apply to Shepherd University online at: www.shepherd.edu/admissions/apply-to-shepherd

Admission Requirements for Shepherd University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Shepherd University?

89% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
52% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 89%, Shepherd University is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 88%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.

Average Test Scores

About 52% of students accepted to Shepherd University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Shepherd University  ( 490 to 580 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Shepherd University  ( 480 to 570 )
200
800
Shepherd University received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Shepherd University  ( 18 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Shepherd University  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Shepherd University  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Shepherd University?

$26,318 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
9.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Shepherd University is $26,318. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Shepherd University, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $6,360 a year. That adds up to $25,440 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Shepherd University is 9.7%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Shepherd University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,354 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,200 undergraduate students at Shepherd University, with 2,354 being full-time and 846 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Shepherd University

There are also 354 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,354 full-time undergraduates at Shepherd University, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Shepherd University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Shepherd University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Shepherd University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 33
Black or African American 194
Hispanic or Latino 163
White 1,769
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 168

Geographic Diversity

West Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Shepherd University. At this time, 11 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 25 countries are represented at Shepherd University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Australia, Nigeria, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Shepherd University

91 Took All Classes Online
898 Took At Least One Class Online
26.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 898 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Shepherd University has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Shepherd University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Shepherd University was 26.7%. This is the #751 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Shepherd University regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Shepherd University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 67 0 28 0 95
Nursing 72 0 0 3 75
Teacher Education Grade Specific 63 0 10 0 73
Liberal Arts General Studies 73 0 0 0 73
General Biology 37 0 0 0 37
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 33 0 0 0 33
Computer Information Systems 30 0 0 0 30
Health Sciences & Services 30 0 0 0 30
Social Work 28 0 0 0 28
Communication & Media Studies 25 0 0 0 25
General Psychology 25 0 0 0 25
General English Literature 21 0 0 0 21
Natural Resources Conservation 20 0 0 0 20
Sociology 19 0 0 0 19
Economics 17 0 0 0 17
Fine & Studio Arts 17 0 0 0 17
Student Counseling 0 0 15 0 15
History 12 0 0 0 12
Accounting 11 0 0 0 11
Political Science & Government 11 0 0 0 11
Music 11 0 0 0 11
Chemistry 7 0 0 0 7
Computer Engineering 5 0 0 0 5
General Family & Consumer Sciences 5 0 0 0 5
Mathematics 5 0 0 0 5
International Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 3 0 3
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 2 0 2
Engineering Science 2 0 0 0 2
Area Studies 0 2 0 0 2
Romance Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Health & Physical Education 0 1 0 0 1
Public Administration 0 1 0 0 1
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 0 0 0
Food Processing 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 652 4 58 3 717

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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