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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Shepherd is a public university located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,614 undergraduate students. The Shepherd acceptance rate is 89%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing, and Business. Graduating 42% of students, Shepherd alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,400.
About Shepherd University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Mountain East Conference
Address
301 North King St
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
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Shepherd University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
970-1150
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$9,352/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,238/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
65%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.40 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,614Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
807
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
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  • Diverse
    42%
  • There is no "typical" student here
    39%
  • Hipster
    11%
  • Country
    6%
  • Diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.55 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.61 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Small
    32%
  • Family
    24%
  • Great Nursing Program
    21%
  • Spirit!
    12%
  • Supportive
    6%
  • Fast-paced
    3%
  • RBA Program
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
42%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.31 responses
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I like Shepherd University a lot! The professors are kind and want their students to succeed. Shepherd makes their admission process simple for their students. Their registration process is also very simple. However, Shepherd's office of Residence Life is not always the most helpful. They tend to respond to emails very late and not always answer questions completely. The school as a whole is great though!
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Shepherd University is a very nice school to go to. It is good for those who like a smaller classroom size where you can get to know everybody. The classes are not too overwhelming depending on the professor you get. There are multiple area's to eat at on campus which offer fairly average, ok food. you can also do a quick walk into Shepherdstown and go to the local food areas there too! It's very cute and quaint to be in.
Shepherd University is a relatively small university in WV in terms of both the size of the campus and the number of students. The class sizes are also small with the sizes ranging from around 15 to 30 students in most classes. My time at Shepherd University was a very enjoyable one with most of my professors being very knowledgeable professors who genuinely cared about my success and learning at Shepherd. The small class sizes allowed for more face-to-face interaction with the professors, which is something that I very much appreciated and enjoyed. Professors knew you on a first-name basis and could respond to your emails fairly quickly to help you whenever you needed. The facilities at Shepherd such as the Wellness Center and the library are clean and have relatively new technology. The dining centers across campus are a bit of a let down but they are certainly not terrible either.