Shepherd University
301 N. King St.
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-3210
(800) 344-5231
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Shepherd University is a four-year public in in Shepherdstown, W.Va., about 90 minutes from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD. It was founded in 1871 as a private college, became a state-supported institution in 1872, and became a university in 2004. The school is one of 200 colleges and universities nationwide with membership in Colleges of Distinction, meaning it demonstrates excellence in engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. It is only one of three West Virginia colleges and the only public university in the state with this designation. The Princeton Review named Shepherd University one of the best schools in the Southwest for the sixth year in a row.

Programs Offered

Shepherd University offers more than 75 fields of study, including most areas of the liberal arts and sciences, the creative arts, business, education, health, and a variety of other career-related disciplines. At the graduate level, the school offers five master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction, teaching, college student development and administration, business administration, and music education. Students will find a select number of courses available online. Courses are offered in such subjects as accounting, business administration, history, mathematics, religion, and social work.


Shepherd University has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1950.


Applicants can apply either online or by mail. Undergraduate applicants must submit an application, application fee of $45, official high school transcript, and their ACT or SAT scores. Graduate school applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. They must submit an application, application fee of $40, official transcripts, and their GRE or Miller Analogies Test scores. The department they’re applying to may have additional requirements.

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