How To Apply – First Year Students
Use this Application if you are a high school student or someone who has never taken college classes AFTER high school. High school students with dual enrollment credits use this Application.
1. Complete your Shenandoah University undergraduate application.
Include the $30 application fee.
Fall Term 2021 (August 2021)
Musical Theatre Fall 2021: As of December 3, 2020, the musical theatre application for Fall 2021 is closed. We are no longer accepting musical theatre applications for Fall 2021.
Freshmen Nursing Fall 2021: As of March 15, 2021, the Freshmen Nursing program is no longer taking new applications.
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2. Submit official documents.
- Official high school transcript including senior year schedule.
- Optional: Test Scores: SAT College Board or ACT test scores. SAT and ACT test scores are an OPTIONAL part of the application process. It is not required.
- Official dual enrollment transcripts.
Materials must be sent to:
Office of Admissions
1460 University Drive:
Winchester, VA 22601
- Shenandoah’s CEEB Code is: 5613
- Shenandoah’s SAT Code is: 5613
- Shenandoah’s ACT Code is: 4396
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 First Year 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 2020 was 3.60
Middle 50% GPA for the admitted freshman class of 2020 was 3.22-4.0
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
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.