#8 Best Private Colleges in Virginia

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

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Shenandoah University overview
Location Winchester, Virginia
Online su.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Shenandoah University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Shenandoah University, located in Winchester, Virginia, is a private institution established in 1875. Situated in the Northern Shenandoah Valley near the West Virginia border, the university is approximately 75 miles from Washington, D.C., providing students with access to the cultural and professional opportunities of a major metropolitan area while enjoying a smaller town setting. The campus features a blend of historic and modern architecture with facilities that support both residential and commuter student populations. Academically, Shenandoah University is known for its programs in the health professions, performing arts, and conservatory. The university is moderately selective in its admissions process. While Shenandoah does not have a widely known athletic program, it supports a range of varsity sports teams nicknamed the Hornets. On-campus housing is available to students, complementing the university?s diverse academic and extracurricular offerings.

In the most recent statistical year 2,296 prospective students applied, and 1,845 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 475 enrolled in the school.  2,904 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,356 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $33,790 plus fees of $1,380. SU is ranked 537 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












SU is rated within the top 47% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Shenandoah University overview
SAT 1010/1230
ACT 19/26
GPA 3.7

Applications Accepted

Shenandoah University overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Shenandoah University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$1,380
Room and Board $11,230
Budget for Other Expenses$2,600
Total One Year Cost$50,500

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

45% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Shenandoah University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 36%
Visual and Performing Arts 17%
Education 16%
Business 9%
Biology 4%

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