Shenandoah University was founded by private interests at Dayton, Virginia, in 1875. The first charter was granted in 1884. At that time the school had ties to the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, which in 1946 joined with the Evangelical Church to become the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.
Originally known as Shenandoah Seminary and concentrating on secondary education, the school later added post-secondary courses and changed its name to Shenandoah Collegiate Institute and School of Music. In 1924, the name was changed to Shenandoah College, with the provision that the music department be known as the Conservatory of Music at Shenandoah College. In 1937, the Conservatory received state approval to grant baccalaureate degrees. In 1960, Shenandoah was moved from Dayton to a new campus in Winchester, Virginia.
Two significant events occurred in 1974. First, junior-college status was dropped, and the college became a four-year degree-granting school. Second, the two separate institutions (Shenandoah College, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music) were merged under one charter as Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music.
In 1991, the name of the institution was changed to Shenandoah University. In 1994, the Board of Trustees gave approval to begin development of the first doctoral degrees, in Pharmacy and in Music.
Shenandoah is incorporated as a non-profit institution, with the corporation electing the Board of Trustees, which is the ruling body.
(Approved by the Board of Trustees October, 2003; structural revision approved by Board of Trustees Oct. 2007, Revised Fall 2016)
Shenandoah University educates and inspires individuals to be critical, reflective thinkers; lifelong learners; and ethical, compassionate citizens who are committed to making responsible contributions within a community, a nation and the world.
Shenandoah University will be nationally recognized for forward thinking programs that produce competitive and purposeful graduates.
Shenandoah University will be highly valued for:
- particular strength, both academically and institutionally, in the performing arts, healthcare and entrepreneurship
- education that prepares students not only for the present but for the future
- a commitment to intellectual and creative rigor and liberal arts infused curricula
- a campus culture of compassion, responsibility, advocacy, and justice which graduates are inspired to replicate in communities beyond Shenandoah
- a sustainable educational and financial model within a changing educational market
Inspire Students Through Transformative Learning
Shenandoah University will focus on rigorous, innovative programs and engaged student learning.
Prioritize Student Success
Complementing transformative learning is Shenandoah University’s unwavering commitment to student success. Shenandoah University will dedicate its time, ideas and resources to provide the highest level of quality in career and graduate school preparation, life preparation and degree completion.
Build/Create a World Class Learning Environment
Shenandoah University will aggressively seek to provide facilities, infrastructure and a supportive culture to facilitate and inspire transformative learning and student success.
Achieve an Adaptive and Sustainable Financial and Educational Model
Shenandoah University will improve the value equation to the student while increasing the University’s financial viability in a changing educational market (in a changing marketplace).
The College of Arts & Sciences supports the university’s mission to prepare individuals to be critical, reflective thinkers; lifelong learners; and ethical, compassionate citizens who are committed to making responsible contributions within a community, a nation and the world. In order to accomplish this mission, the college has adopted the following learning objectives: knowledge, critical thinking, information literacy, communication skills, and technology.
The mission of the School of Education and Leadership is to educate current and aspiring professionals for success in their chosen vocations; integrate theory, research and practice; promote academic rigor; and nurture reflection, a caring approach to the professions, and collaboration across and within the communities served by the university.
The mission of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business is to educate its students to become successful, principled leaders with a global perspective. Students in the Byrd School will graduate with confidence in their ability to solve problems, be effective communicators and work successfully as individuals and team members.
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The School of Health Professions educates and inspires developing professionals who enhance the health of individuals and communities.
School of Health Professions Graduates:
Practice compassionate, evidence-based care
Advocate for the health of individuals and communities
Demonstrate sensitivity to individual and cultural differences
Engage in inter-professional collaboration and life-long learning
Provide service both domestically and globally
The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate life-long learners who provide holistic care and promote wellness, inspired by global health ideals.
The mission of the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy is to engage in scholarly activity, service, and deliver a highly integrated, learner-centered curriculum and progressive instructional technology to educate and train students and pharmacists to become ethical and compassionate healthcare professionals who serve their patients, community, and profession of pharmacy.