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Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate98%

Shepherd University Admissions

It is not difficult to get into Shepherd University. The university admitted 98% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 1,651 applications received in 2023, 1,613 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Shepherd University, the application fee is $45.

Shepherd University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Shepherd University's admissions stats.

Shepherd University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Mean SAT Score 1044
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 74%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 21%
Waitlist No

Shepherd University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Shepherd University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Applying Early to Shepherd University?

Shepherd University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Shepherd University Admissions

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into Shepherd University is not difficult.

Transferring to Shepherd University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Shepherd University

Shepherd University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Shepherd University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Shepherd University

What does Shepherd University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Shepherd University for more information on admission factors.

Shepherd University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Shepherd University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Shepherd University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Other Requirements ACT/SAT Scores
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Shepherd University?

Students admitted to Shepherd University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Shepherd University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 74% of Shepherd University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 21% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Shepherd University?

To be competitive with other Shepherd University applicants, you should aim to score between 940 and 1140 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Shepherd University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1140 and 25% of scored lower than 940, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Shepherd University student is 1044.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Shepherd University students scored 560 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Shepherd University students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.

To be most competitive at Shepherd University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Shepherd University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Shepherd University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

More Information on Transferring to Shepherd University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Shepherd University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Shepherd University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Shepherd University Admissions FAQs

Does Shepherd University accept transfer credits?

✅ Shepherd University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Shepherd University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Shepherd University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Shepherd University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Shepherd University?

✅ Shepherd University is not test optional.

What is Shepherd University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Shepherd University is 98%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Shepherd University?

❌ Shepherd University does not offer early decision.

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Shepherd University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Shepherd University? Shepherd University is a less selective institution. The Shepherd University acceptance rate is 98%. This means that the institution accepts 97 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

940 - 1140


Math SAT Range

460 - 560


Reading SAT Range

480 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1140 and Above


940 to 1140


940 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Shepherd University students is 1044. Applicants with SAT scores of 1140 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Shepherd University, while applicants with SAT scores between 940 to 1140 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 940 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Shepherd University.

Shepherd University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Shepherd University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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