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Chances of getting into Shenandoah University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
74%
Admission Difficulty for Shenandoah University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into SU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at SU is 74%.  It ranks #18 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. SU is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 1,968 out of 2,646 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent (SAT 1010/1230 ACT 19/26). Shenandoah University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.55. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Shenandoah University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1010-1230
Applicants Submitting SAT 
87%
SAT Scores for Shenandoah University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1010
SAT Scores for Shenandoah University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1230
Average SAT Score 1120

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Shenandoah University?

Shenandoah University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 59 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. SU ranks #17 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Shenandoah University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1230 and Above Good >84%
1120 to 1230 Avg + 74%-84%
1010 to 1120 Avg - 60%-74%
900 to 1010 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 900 Low <44%
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SU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
19-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
23%
ACT Scores for Shenandoah University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Shenandoah University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into SU?

Admission data indicates that SU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #22 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 23 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Shenandoah University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Shenandoah University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >86%
22 to 26 Avg + 74%-86%
19 to 22 Avg - 62%-74%
16 to 19 Reach 49%-62%
Less than 16 Low <49%
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SU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.55
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Shenandoah University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into SU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Shenandoah University was 3.55 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #21 in Virginia for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as SU accepts 74% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Shenandoah University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 24.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 15.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 10.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 15.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

68% of Shenandoah University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Shenandoah University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 68%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Shenandoah University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,604 1,042 2,646
Accepted 1,097 871 1,968
Acceptance Rate 68% 84% 74%
Enrolled 282 237 519
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 27% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Shenandoah University is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Shenandoah University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Shenandoah University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Shenandoah University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=233541 IPEDS survey data for Shenandoah University.

FAQs

Does Shenandoah University prefer SAT or ACT?

87% of students submit their SAT scores to SU. 23% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Shenandoah University?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to SU. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Shenandoah University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1010 and 1230. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Shenandoah University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 26. 23% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.