How To Apply – First-Year Students
I am a First-Year applicant because I can answer “yes” to at least one of
the following statements:
- I plan to enter Shenandoah in the summer or fall after graduating from high school.
- I have never attended college since leaving high school, regardless of my age or whether
I ever graduated.
- I have dual enrollment college credits earned during high school.
Note: Taking courses during the summer term immediately following high school
graduation doesn’t make you a transfer student.
Applying to SU is convenient! There are two ways to apply: SU’s application or Common App.
You only need to complete one:
Common App is an undergraduate college admissions application that applicants may use to seamlessly apply to any of more than 900 member colleges and universities, including SU.
Shenandoah University offers an application that can be accessed and submitted directly through our website. Students can begin and save their progress to return and complete at any time.
Submit official documents
- Official high school transcript including senior year schedule
- Shenandoah’s CEEB Code is: 5613
- Official dual enrollment transcripts
Materials must be sent to:
Office of Admissions
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601
Test scores are not required in the admission process at Shenandoah.
Shenandoah Conservatory applicants to music, theatre or dance programs are REQUIRED to complete an audition or portfolio review
Learn more about the Shenandoah Conservatory application and audition process.
Audition registration is completed concurrently while submitting academic admission materials.
Submit optional application items
- Activities Resume from high school – activities, awards, community service, work, and
- Letter of Recommendation
- High School Counselor Recommendation
- Personal Statement
Shenandoah University operates on rolling admissions. This means that applications are accepted throughout the year, without specific application deadlines.
You can expect a decision to be made within three weeks after all required admissions materials have been received.
To best prepare you for a smooth and successful transition into Shenandoah, we recommend that all application materials be submitted prior to:
- Priority consideration for Fall Semester Applicants: January 15
- Priority consideration for Spring Semester Applicants: October 1
First-Year Admissions Standards
First-Year applications are reviewed holistically. Shenandoah University invites applicants to supply all evidence to indicate their competence and eagerness to succeed in a demanding and exciting program of study.
Applicants should complete a strong college preparatory schedule in high school including:
- Three units of math, minimum (algebra I, algebra II, & geometry)
- Two units of science (including one lab)
- Students interested in health professions majors are encouraged to take four or more units of math and science.
- Two units of a foreign language, in the same foreign language. We encourage students to consider: those who complete four units of the same foreign language are exempt from foreign language requirements at Shenandoah University.
Other distributions of academics may be appropriate for some curricula and will be evaluated on an individual basis.
- Average GPA for the admitted First-Year class of 2022 was 3.68
- Middle 50% GPA for the admitted First-Year class of 2022 was 3.30-4.05
Special requirements for specific programs
Some of our programs have specific admission requirements in addition to the general admission requirements:
These programs also have special requirements:
For complete, detailed admissions guidelines, please see the Undergraduate Catalog
Home-schooled applicants are considered on the basis of:
- Transcript/records of home-school curriculum including transcripts from any high school or community college work taken for credit
- Optional: Official SAT or ACT test scores
- Optional: Written documentation of local school district approval of the home-school arrangement
Based upon academic credential and test scores, applicants may be required to complete an interview or submit General Educational Development (GED) scores.
Applicants may be considered for admission on the basis of the GED examination. To be considered, students must achieve a standard score battery average of 450 (total score of 2,250) or higher with no individual test score below 410. An admissions interview is also required.
Shenandoah University does not administer the GED examination. Interested applicants should consult the guidance department of a nearby high school for information about when and where the examinations can be taken.