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Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate70%
Acceptance Rate70%

Shenandoah University Admissions

If you want to apply to Shenandoah University, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and the fee for the application is $30.

Students who apply to Shenandoah University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by October 1.

Shenandoah University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Shenandoah University's admissions stats.

Shenandoah University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 32%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 21%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4%
Waitlist Yes

Shenandoah University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Shenandoah University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes August 1 October 1

Want to Apply Early to Shenandoah University?

Shenandoah University may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Shenandoah University directly for more information about early applications.

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

More on Shenandoah University Admissions

Is Shenandoah University Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Shenandoah University is moderately difficult.

In 2021, Shenandoah University accepted 70% of all applicants, around 2,124 from the 3,046 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Shenandoah University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

For applicants who are not residents of Virginia, getting into Shenandoah University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Shenandoah University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Shenandoah University

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

What Does Shenandoah University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Shenandoah University

What does Shenandoah 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
Academic GPA Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Talent/Ability Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

Shenandoah University Application Requirements

To apply to Shenandoah University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Shenandoah 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
Other Requirements audition for conservatory applicants, interview for Some Conservatory programs and for Guaranteed Admission for Health Professions programs
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Shenandoah University?

Students admitted to Shenandoah University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 54% submitted a class rank. At Shenandoah University 32% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 65% were in the top 25% and 93% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Shenandoah University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 35%
3.75 and 3.99 17%
3.50 and 3.74 16%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
2.50 and 2.9 9%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Shenandoah University directly.

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

Shenandoah University does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Shenandoah 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, 21% of Shenandoah University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be competitive with other Shenandoah University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1080 and 1250 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Shenandoah University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1250 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Shenandoah University students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Shenandoah University students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

To be most competitive at Shenandoah University, you should strive to earn between 20.5 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Shenandoah University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20.5 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Shenandoah University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.5.

More Information on Transferring to Shenandoah University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Shenandoah University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

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

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Shenandoah University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Shenandoah University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Shenandoah University.

Does Shenandoah University accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Shenandoah University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Shenandoah University?

✅ Shenandoah University is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is Shenandoah University's acceptance rate?

✅ Shenandoah University's acceptance rate is 70%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Shenandoah University?

🟨 Shenandoah University may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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Shenandoah University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Shenandoah University? Shenandoah University is a somewhat selective institution. The Shenandoah University acceptance rate is 70%. This means that the institution accepts 69 out of every 100 applicants.


Shenandoah University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Shenandoah University is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Shenandoah University is Aug 1.

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

Shenandoah University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1250


Math SAT Range

520 - 630


Reading SAT Range

540 - 630

Shenandoah University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Shenandoah University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. 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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