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Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV 4-Year Public

About Shepherd University

Shepherd University is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Shepherdstown, WV, less than an hour from Washington, D.C..

Founded in 1871, the institution currently enrolls around 3,159 students a year, including 2,716 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Shepherd University's endowment was valued at $25,311,653 in 2021. The school spends $6,065 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About Shepherd University

Acceptance rate: 98%

Average GPA: 3.6

Mean ACT score: 23

Mean SAT score: 1044

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Shepherd University Acceptance Rate

Shepherd University is a minimally difficult school to get accepted to. The acceptance rate at Shepherd University is 98 percent.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 /4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1044. The mean ACT scores is 23.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Shepherd University a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

About 73 percent of students who start at Shepherd University come back the next year. Out of the 676 students who started at Shepherd University as first-time freshman, 210 graduate within four years.

Shepherd University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 49 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 57 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $28,630 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Shepherd University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Shepherd University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

PO Box 5000 Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Campus Setting: Small Town

Shepherd University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Shepherd University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Shepherd University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Shepherd University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


19 to 26


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Shepherd University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Shepherd University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Shepherd University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

960 - 1160


Math SAT Range

480 - 570


Reading SAT Range

490 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1160 and Above


960 to 1160


960 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Shepherd University students is 1068. Applicants with SAT scores of 1160 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Shepherd University, while applicants with SAT scores between 960 to 1160 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 960 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Shepherd University.

Shepherd University Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Shepherd University is like? There are approximately 3,554 students enrolled at Shepherd University, including 3,200 undergraduate students and 354 graduate students. 74% percent of students attend school full-time, 68% percent are from WV and 32% percent of students are from other states.


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