SU Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Shenandoah University
How hard is it to get into SU and can I get accepted? The school has a 70% acceptance rate ranking it #23 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,564 out of 2,225 applicants were admitted making SU a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent. Shenandoah University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.
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SU SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT87%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||500|
|SAT Math 25th||480|
|SAT Composite 25th||980|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||600|
|SAT Math 75th||590|
|SAT Composite 75th||1190|
|Average SAT Score||1090|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Shenandoah University?
Shenandoah University typically requires applicants to be in the top 64 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 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 870. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. The school ranks #21 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1190 and Above||Good||>80%|
|1085 to 1190||Avg +||70%-80%|
|980 to 1085||Avg -||58%-70%|
|875 to 980||Reach||45%-58%|
|Less than 875||Low||<45%|
SU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT23%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||20|
|ACT Math 25th||18|
|ACT Composite 25th||21|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||27|
|ACT Math 75th||25|
|ACT Composite 75th||26|
|Average ACT Score||23|
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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #18 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 23 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Shenandoah University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|26 and Above||Good||>82%|
|23 to 26||Avg +||70%-82%|
|21 to 23||Avg -||60%-70%|
|19 to 21||Reach||50%-60%|
|Less than 19||Low||<50%|
Avg. High School GPA3.39
Typical High School GradesB+
You will need above average high school grades to get into Shenandoah University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Shenandoah University was 3.39 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #22 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 70% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||14%||Avg +|
|3.25 to 3.50||19%||Avg +|
|3.00 to 3.25||16%||Avg -|
|2.75 to 3.00||18%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||6%||Reach|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
74% of Shenandoah University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||13%|
|Top 25% of class||36%|
|Top 50% of class||74%|
|Bottom 50% of class||26%|
|Bottom 25% of class||6%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||26%||31%||28%|
What are the requirements for admission to Shenandoah University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Recommendations||Neither required nor recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Required|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
87% of students submit their SAT scores to SU. 23% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
70% 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.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 980 and 1190. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.