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Shepherd University Student Life

Shepherd University is on a 325-acre campus in a small town setting in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, not far from Washington and D.C.. There are many activities and organizations for Shepherd University students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Shepherd University also has fraternities and sororities.

Shepherd University has a thriving Relay for Life. In fact, more students participate in Relay for Life than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Shepherd University include Student Government Association, Ram Marching Band, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Program Board.

Shepherd University students' favorite campus events are Homecoming, Midnight Breakfast and Relay for Life.

Shepherd University Housing

Shepherd University offers on-campus housing. Students are required to live on campus through junior year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Shepherd University students live off campus. In 2021, 27% of undergrads at Shepherd University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 73% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Shepherd University. There are 1,038 spots available in on-campus housing for all 2,716 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 666 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 40% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Shepherd University offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Shepherd University Athletics

At Shepherd University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Shepherd University:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Basketball NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2
Soccer NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2
Tennis NCAA Division 2 NCAA Division 2

Safety at Shepherd University

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Shepherd University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Shepherd University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

Shepherd University offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to Shepherd University

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Shepherd University, take Interstate 70 to Shepherdstown, WV. If you need to fly, book your flight to Dulles International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in West Virginia you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Shepherd University's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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Shepherd University Students

58%

Women

42%

Men

87%

Full Time

17%

Part Time

67%

In State

33%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

74%

8%

7%

5%

3%

2%

1%

0.40%

0.12%

Undergraduate Students

2,716

Graduate Students

443

Non-Resident / International Students

34

Shepherd University Campus Services

Student Services
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Campus Security
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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,159

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

98%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$7,784

Out-of-State

$18,224

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