Shepherd University

Shepherd University

Shepherd University, founded on September, 1871, is a public, co-ed university, located on the banks of the Potomac River, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. It was formed as Shepherd College but after several name and status changes, it was given its present name in 2004. The main campus is spread across an area of more than 320 acres and the University currently records an enrollment of more than 4,200 students annually. It offers baccalaureate's degrees in diverse areas of study ranging from liberal arts, and business administration, to education, and other career-oriented fields. The university is comprised of the following schools:

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Business and Social Sciences
  • School of Education and Professional Studies
  • School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Shepherd University possesses an active athletics department and their sports teams compete in 11 NCAA Division II. The students participate in several sports such as men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, football, softball, women's volleyball, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's soccer, women's tennis, and golf. Their sports teams are known as the Rams.

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Contacting Shepherd University

Shepherd University
301 N. King St
Shepherdstown , WV 25443-3210
General Phone: (304) 876-5000

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Shepherd University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts185Spanish language, English, general studies, economics, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching107curriculum and instruction, college student counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher education
Business and Management106business management, accounting
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy54parks and recreation studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine44registered nursing
Art Studies42art studies
Computer Science and Engineering32computer and info science
Science23biology, chemistry
Media23communication studies
Family and Social Work22family and consumer science, social work
Therapy and Counseling19psychology
Conservation and Resource Management17environmental studies

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree63124
Master's degree484

Shepherd University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Shepherd University had a total enrollment of 4,119 students (3,520 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 96%
Graduate 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 88%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 26%
20-21 25%
22-24 20%
25-29 10%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

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

West Virginia59%
New Jersey1%

Shepherd University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 36 %

Shepherd University Room and Board (2007)

Shepherd University offers campus housing for 1,308 of its 3,520 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

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

Shepherd University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450560
SAT Math460540
ACT Verbal1722
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT44%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT53%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Shepherd University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,898
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,812
Room and board $ 6,938
Room charge $ 3,740
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,198
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Shepherd University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 382200)

Shepherd University Faculty

Shepherd University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1923
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1323

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$83,6850*

*: 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 year20$70,5167$75,768
Associate professoracademic year17$60,46113$61,521
Assistant professoracademic year21$54,58523$50,729
Instructoracademic year1*0*
Lectureracademic year3$49,06711$46,029
All faculty totalacademic year62$60,81754$55,615

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

Shepherd University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports62026

Shepherd University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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