How To Apply
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1. Complete your Shenandoah University undergraduate application.
Include the $30 application fee.
As of June 1, 2020, these programs are fully enrolled and closed for the Fall 2020 term:
- Acting program
- Freshmen Nursing program
- Musical Theatre program
Fall 2021 application will open August 24, 2020
Musical Theatre: As of December 5, 2019, the musical theatre application is closed. We are no longer accepting musical theatre applications for Fall 2020.
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.
- Optional: Test Scores: SAT College Board or ACT test scores. As of March 2020, SAT and ACT test scores are an OPTIONAL part of the application process. If you believe your SAT or ACT scores provide evidence of your academic preparedness, you are invited to submit scores. It is not required.
- 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are received, if it is determined that an applicant falsified information, then the provisional admission will be rescinded.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
Optional: Applicants may, if they like, submit either their SAT or ACT test scores. This is an optional part of the admission application and we do not have a preference for either exam.
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
- 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.