#4 Best Public Universities in West Virginia

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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Shepherd University overview
Location Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Online shepherd.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Town Fringe
Shepherd University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Shepherd University, nestled in the historic town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, stands as a public liberal arts institution with an emphasis on smaller class sizes and personalized education experiences. The campus, characterized by its red-brick Georgian-style architecture, provides a picturesque setting along the Potomac River, with proximity to both the outdoor adventures of the Shenandoah Valley and the cultural offerings of Washington, D.C., located just over 70 miles away. Founded in 1871, Shepherd offers a variety of undergraduate programs with notable emphasis on education, business, nursing, and social sciences, while graduate programs focus on areas such as curriculum and instruction, and college student development and administration. The university maintains a moderately selective admissions process. Residential living on campus is an integral part of the student experience at Shepherd, with multiple housing options available. While Shepherd participates in NCAA Division II athletics, it is not primarily distinguished for its athletic programs.

In the most recent statistical year 1,690 prospective students applied, and 1,620 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 553 enrolled in the school.  2,315 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 920 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,288 plus fees of $1,994. Shepherd University is ranked 866 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Shepherd University is rated within the lower 36% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
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SAT 930/1170
ACT 19/24
GPA 3.6

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $45

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Annual Cost to Attend

West Virginia Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Shepherd University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,994
Room and Board $10,987
Budget for Other Expenses$2,875
Total One Year Cost$23,144

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Shepherd University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,994
Room and Board $10,987
Budget for Other Expenses$2,875
Total One Year Cost$32,630

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

46% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Shepherd University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 18%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 15%
Education 13%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 7%

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