Founded in 1875, Shenandoah University is the private, nationally recognized applied liberal arts institution, located in historic Winchester, Virginia. Shenandoah’s close-knit community is rich in creative energy and intellectual challenge. Shenandoah empowers its students to help the human condition and to be principled professionals and leaders wherever they go. Its main campus is adjacent to Interstate 81 at exit 313B in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Shenandoah University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


  • Shenandoah offers 41 undergraduate degrees and 24 graduate degrees. Undergraduate and graduate certificates are offered in many areas.


  • 250 full time and 189 part time distinguished faculty come to Shenandoah University from around the world: Austria, China, Finland, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
  • 82% of full-time faculty have an earned doctorate (Ph.D. or similar) in their fields or other terminal degree.


Student profile, Fall 2014

  • 3,693 students
  • 1328 men (36%) and 2,365 women (64%)
  • 1892 (51%) of the student body are undergraduate students; and 1801 (49%) are graduate students in master’s or doctoral-degree programs.
  • 179 are international students.
  • Our student body represents 54 foreign countries.
  • U.S. students come from 47 states plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
Students profess different religious faiths including: Agnostic, Anglican Catholic, Assembly of God, Atheist, Bahai, Baptist, Baptist-Free Will, Baptist-Independent, Baptist-Southern, Brethren-Grace, Church of the Brethren, Buddhism, Christian, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Church of Christ, Church of God, Church of God in Christ, Church of the Nazarene, Congregational, Episcopal, Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Greek Orthodox, Hindu, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jewish, Lutheran, Missouri Synod, Lutheran-ELCA, Mennonite, Messianic Jew, Methodist, Methodist-AME Zion, Methodist-Christian/EPIS, Methodist-Free, Methodist-Independent, Methodist-Wesleyan, Mormon-Latter Day Saints, Muslim, Non-Christian, Non-Denominational, None, Other, Pentecostal, Presbyterian USA, Protestant, Quaker (Friends), Reformed, Roman Catholic, Romanian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Seventh-Day Adventist, The Disciples of Christ, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist.

Ethnic Statistics Fall 2014 Student body

Nonresident aliens




Black or African American


White, non-Hispanic


American Indian or Alaska Native




Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander


Race and/or ethnicity unknown


Race and/or ethnicity unreported



Admissions FALL 2014

  • 1902 undergraduate applications were received for a first-year class of 417 first-time, degree-seeking freshmen students.
  • 236 degree-seeking freshmen came from Virginia.
  • 181 degree-seeking freshmen came from out-of-state.
  • The average high school GPA is 3.4.
  • 29% scored about a 3.75 percent high school GPA or higher.
  • The median SAT score for admitted students was 1470, including the writing test.
  • 87% submitted SAT scores. The combined average SAT, including the new writing test, is 1481. 
  • 29% submitted ACT scores. The average ACT score is 21.  The median ACT score is 21.
  • Of 158 transfer students, 85 were from two-year Virginia junior colleges, 14 from Virginia four-year institutions, and 59 from four-year out-of-state institutions.

 Academic Year 2013-2014

  • The freshmen applicants came from 12 countries, and 41 states, plus Washington D.C., Virgin Islands, and APO/FPO addresses.
  • 35% of those applying to master-level programs were accepted.
  • 69% of those applying to master-level programs were nursing, music therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, and physician’s assistant.
  • 22% applying to doctorate-level programs were accepted.
  • 27% applying to first professional programs were accepted. 

Our Graduates

Academic Year 2013-2014

  • 509 bachelor degrees conferred
  • 112 received undergraduate or graduate certificates
  • 271 earned master-level degrees
  • 104 received a doctoral degree.
  • 69% were female and 31% were male.
  • Students from 38 states plus the District of Columbia, military addresses, and Puerto Rico received degrees and certificates.
  • 39 International students (non-green card holders) received degrees.

The Campus

The Shenandoah University campus is situated on more than 315 acres of land, with 1,342,576 square-feet of total campus-facility space.

The Main Campus

  • Shenandoah University’s main campus is located in historic Winchester, Va.
  • The College of Arts & Sciences, the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, Shenandoah Conservatory, the Alson H. Smith Library, Ohrstrom-Bryant Theater, Armstrong Concert Hall, Aikens Athletic Center, student residence halls, and the Health and Life Sciences Building which opened Fall of 2014.

Downtown Campus, Medical Center Campus, and Leesburg Campus

  • The School of Health Professions and the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing and Respiratory Care are located in several facilities:  1) On the campus of the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA;  2) Main campus of SU (Nursing and Respiratory Care);  3) At the Northern Virginia – Scholar Plaza in Leesburg, VA.
  • The Bernard J. Dunn, Jr., School of Pharmacy is located in the Health Professions Building on the campus of the Winchester Medical Center.
  • The Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy of Shenandoah Conservatory celebrates its 38th year in 2015. The SCAA was founded in 1977 to provide pre-professional studies and enrichment opportunities in the fine arts for students of all ages and abilities. Our faculty of over 131 professionally trained musicians, dancers and educators share their expertise with nearly 600 students. It is located in the John Kerr Building in downtown Winchester.

Student Life

  • SU residence halls can accommodate 914 students. There are 4 freshmen residence halls and 4 upperclassmen residence halls. One apartment building for mostly graduate students.
  • Students may choose from more than 90 different clubs and student organizations.
  • There are 20 intercollegiate and 12 intramural sports.
  • It is mandatory that first- and second-year students live on campus.
  • The 40,000-square foot Brandt Student Center, opened in May 2008, is the hub of student activities.
  • Over eighty indoor and outdoor security cameras are interspersed among the public venues of the Shenandoah University campuses.  There is newly installed LED street lighting on University Drive.

Financial Aid

  • 100 percent of students apply for financial aid at Shenandoah University.
  • Shenandoah assisted students in obtaining over $45 million dollars in financial aid for 2013-2014.
  • More than 1,800 students received university-sponsored scholarships and grants totaling over $14 million dollars.
  • 938 undergraduate students received an annual award of $3,100 from the VTAG program for 2013-2014.
  • 272 graduate health profession students received an annual VTAG award of $1,500.
  • Virginia United Methodist students who are members of the Virginia Annual Conference are usually eligible for a United Methodist scholarship.
  • Selected conservatory students received talent awards.
  • There are many merit and need-based scholarships available for eligible Shenandoah University undergraduate students.
  • Student must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online to be eligible for a full financial aid package.

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