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Response to COVID-19
Shenandoah was the first private school in Virginia to go online in the spring to 2020. We continued to pivot as we designed our own symptom tracking app, outdoor learning spaces, and SU Pledge. We safely hosted in-person Summer Orientations, Convocation, and Commencement while many other schools were fully online. And, then, during the first five months of 2021, we hosted a mass-vaccination clinic at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center that put more than 70,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots in arms.
Standout Academic Excellence
Shenandoah is ranked 263 among 392 national universities and is the second-highest ranked Virginia private school among national universities in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Contemporary Musicianship & Entrepreneur Development (CMED)
Shenandoah Conservatory launched the Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Musicianship & Entrepreneur Development (CMED) program in fall 2022, under the leadership of Director and Assistant Professor of Contemporary Music Rod Vester, Ph.D. Students in this new program will move beyond the standard emphasis in contemporary/commercial music and develop the technological, business, marketing, entrepreneurial and musical skills needed to thrive in today’s ever-evolving industry.
Expanding Black Alumni Network
Black Alumni Network President Rippert “Rip” Roberts III ’08, ’09 (BBA/MBA), has been adept at creating connections since his days as a Shenandoah student. As an undergraduate, Roberts, who was also a football player, served as president of the Black Student Union. As a graduate assistant, Roberts helped create a grant-funded program for first-generation college males.
Residence Halls Welcome Pets
Shenandoah recognizes that pets can play a valuable role in helping students transition to residential campus life. For example, pets can help students make friends by acting as an icebreaker. Pets may also be good exercise partners, or companions to alleviate homesickness.”
The residential complex now houses 120 students, each apartment houses four residents. The newly constructed apartments feature:
- four bedrooms
- full kitchen
- spacious living area
- modern kitchen appliances
- communal porch
- green space complete with a grill and fire pit
Division of Applied Technology
This division’s programs navigate and design spaces in the digital sphere and craft computing-based solutions to solve problems.
Hornet Baseball & Softball teams start playing at their newly upgraded permanent complex in Winchester’s Jim Barnett Park. Improvements include a FieldTurf artificial turf infill system, new dugouts, and fencing.
The Pre-Health Program is designed to help guide students develop as competitive applicants to graduate schools that match their desired profession and their academic and pre-professional profile.
The Pre-Health Program provides students with opportunities in three different areas: Curriculum & Coursework, Pre-Health Advising, and Pathways to the Graduate Health Professions.
The Future Of Shenandoah
Shenandoah is constantly evolving! We are working towards our Strategic Plan goals for 2025. See what projects we have already completed, track our progress on current projects, and see what we have planned for the future as we move towards the Shenandoah University of tomorrow!