Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University, also known as SU, is situated in Winchester, Virginia, United States. It was established in the year 1875 as Shenandoah Seminary. Dr. Abraham Paul Funkhouser and Professor Jay Newton Fries played vital roles in the establishment of the university. It became a university in 1991. SU offers degrees through its six schools, which are:

  • Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business
  • School of Education and Human Development
  • School of Health Professions
  • Shenandoah Conservatory

SU's athletic teams are known as the Hornets. Students participate in various sports including basketball, cross country, football, golf, field hockey, baseball, lacrosse, track and field, softball, tennis, soccer, and volleyball.

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Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr
Winchester , VA 22601-5195
General Phone: (540) 665-4500

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Shenandoah University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching146education, educational administration, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher education, music teaching, physical education teaching, computer teaching, drama and dance teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine92registered nursing, mental health nursing, various nursing
Therapy and Counseling75psychology, educational psychology, music therapy, physical therapy
Business and Management60business management
Medical Support and Technology55respiratory care tech, physician assistant
Drama and Performing Arts37dance, drama, theatre design, acting, stagecraft
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy32athletic trainer, occupational therapy
Liberal Arts31language translation, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, sociology, history
Music30music, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, piano, various music studies
Science23biology, chemistry
Family and Social Work16public administration
Media10communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement9criminal justice and administration
Art Studies9visual and performing arts, arts management
Medical Administration5health care administration
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering2information science
Religion and Philosophy1religion, pre-ministerial studies

Number of programs and degrees for Shenandoah University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree31434
Postbaccalaureate certificate2910
Master's degree20515
Doctor's degree704
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years129
Post-master's certificate53
Associate's degree71
First-professional degree1231

Shenandoah University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Shenandoah University had a total enrollment of 3,393 students (2,580 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 39%
Graduate 51%
First Professional 10%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 38%
Black 6%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 48%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 18%
20-21 16%
22-24 19%
25-29 17%
30-34 7%
35-39 7%
40-49 10%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
New Jersey2%
New York2%
West Virginia1%
North Carolina1%
South Carolina1%

Shenandoah University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %
Part-Time 67 %

Shenandoah University Room and Board (2007)

Shenandoah University offers campus housing for 809 of its 2,580 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Winchester, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Shenandoah University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440560
SAT Math440560
SAT Writing440550
ACT Composite1723

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT21%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Shenandoah University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,040
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,040
Room and board $ 8,350
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,100

Financial Aid:
Shenandoah University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 373700)

Shenandoah University Faculty

Shenandoah University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track94106

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$120,7833$101,176
Associate professorcalendar year12$93,52014$89,795
Assistant professorcalendar year12$76,42021$79,155
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year27$88,94939$84,090

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$73,44717$66,368
Associate professoracademic year27$62,73221$60,023
Assistant professoracademic year20$54,14932$53,049
Instructoracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year74$63,95271$58,208

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Shenandoah University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football USA South Atlantic Conference
Basketball USA South Atlantic Conference
Baseball USA South Atlantic Conference
Track USA South Atlantic Conference

Shenandoah University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Computer Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Language Interpretation and Translation
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Physician Assistant
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Piano and Organ

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Educational Psychology
Music Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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