How To Apply
1. Complete your Shenandoah University undergraduate application.
Include the $30 application fee.
*Musical Theatre: Prospective Musical Theatre students only complete the Musical Theatre application. Firm deadline of December 4, 2019.
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2. Submit official documents.
- Official high school transcript including senior year schedule.
- Test Scores: SAT College Board or ACT test scores.
- Official test scores from the testing agency, or
- Unofficial test scores in PDF format of a scan or screenshot of an SAT or ACT score report for a provisional admission decision. It must be clear that the source of the report is from the College Board or ACT and it must clearly have a student’s full name and home address (or other identifying information which can be used to confirm identity, such as SSN, email, etc.). An official score report must be received for a full admission decision. Once official scores are received, if it is determined that an applicant falsified information, then the provisional admission will be rescinded.
- Official dual enrollment transcripts.
Materials must be sent to:
Office of Admissions
1460 University Drive:
Winchester, VA 22601
- Shenandoah’s SAT Code is: 5613
- Shenandoah’s ACT Code is: 4396
- Shenandoah’s CEEB Code is: 5613
3. 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 process.
Audition registration is completed concurrently while submitting academic admission materials.
4. Submit optional application items.
- Resume of activities (awards, community service, work, & leadership positions)
- 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
Freshmen Admissions Standards
Freshmen 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 freshman class of 2019 was 3.56
Middle 50% GPA for the admitted freshman class of 2019 was 3.18-3.96
Applicants must complete either the SAT or ACT standardized test. We do not have a preference and will use whichever score best reflects on the student.
- SAT Test Scores
- We do not require the written section of the SAT. We will super-score the math and evidence-based reading and writing section scores.
- ACT Test Scores
- We do not require the optional written section of the ACT. We will super-score the section scores.
- SAT Test Scores
Middle 50% SAT for the admitted freshman class of 2019 was 1000-1200 (math & critical reading sections only)
Middle 50% ACT for the admitted freshman class of 2019 was 19-27
Special requirements for specific programs
Some of our programs have specific admission requirements in addition to the general requirements:
For complete, detailed admissions guidelines, please see the Undergraduate Catalog
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.
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
- Official SAT or ACT test scores
- 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.