Founded in 1875, Shenandoah University is a private, nationally recognized applied liberal arts institution, located in historic Winchester, Virginia. Shenandoah’s close-knit community is rich in creative energy and intellectual challenge. Shenandoah empowers its students to help the human condition and to be principled professionals and leaders wherever they go. Its main campus is adjacent to Interstate 81 at exit 313B in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Shenandoah University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
- Shenandoah offers 57 undergraduate degree-granting programs and 32 graduate degree-granting programs. Undergraduate and graduate certificates are offered in many areas.
Faculty Profile, Fall 2020
- 252 full-time and 174 part-time distinguished faculty come to Shenandoah University from around the world, including countries such as: Canada, China, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the United States.
- 74% of full-time faculty have an earned doctorate (Ph.D. or similar) in their fields or other terminal degrees.
Student profile, Fall 2021
- 4,287 students
- 1,340 men (31%) and 2.947 women (69%)
- 2,416 (56%) of the student body are undergraduate students; and 1,871 (44%) are graduate students.
- 52 are international students.
- Our student body represents 25 foreign countries.
- U.S. students come from 47 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the military
- Ethnicity Statistics Fall 2021 Student body:
- Non-US Citizen – 1%
- Hispanic/Latino – 7%
- Black or African American – 8%
- White – 55%
- American Indian/Alaska Native – 1%
- Asian – 5%
- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 1%
- Two or More Races – 2%
- Unknown – 20%
Admissions Fall 2021
- 3,210 undergraduate applications were received for a first-year class of 509 first-time, degree-seeking students.
- 267 degree-seeking first-year students came from Virginia.
- 242 degree-seeking first-year students came from out-of-state.
- The average high school GPA is 3.7.
- 58% scored about a 3.75 percent high school GPA or higher.
- The median SAT math and reading score for admitted students was 1160.
- 21% submitted SAT scores. The combined average SAT, was 1166.
- 4% submitted ACT scores. The average ACT score is 24. The median ACT score is 24.
- Of 111 transfer students, 45 are from two-year Virginia junior colleges, 9 from Virginia four-year institutions, 46 from four-year out-of-state institutions, and 11 from two-year out-of-state institutions
Academic Year 2021-2022
- The freshmen applicants came from 32 countries, and 46 states, plus Washington D.C.
- 85% of those applying to master-level programs were accepted.
- 75% of those applying to master-level programs were nursing, music therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, public health, and physician’s assistant.
- 70% applying to doctorate-level programs were accepted.
- 91% applying to first professional programs were accepted.
Academic Year 2020-2021
- 529 bachelor degrees conferred
- 115 received undergraduate or graduate certificates
- 300 earned master-level degrees
- 283 received a doctoral degree.
- 72% were female and 28% were male
- Students from 35 states, 9 foreign countries, plus the District of Columbia received degrees and certificates.
- 4 international students (non-green card holders) received degrees.
- Shenandoah University’s campus is in historic Winchester, Virginia. It houses a majority of the university’s undergraduate programs, as well as administrative offices, performance venues (Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre and Armstrong Concert Hall), athletic facilities (Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium, the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center), and student residence halls. It features a vibrant, residential campus atmosphere. Student life, athletic, and performing arts events happen across campus daily.
- The following schools are anchored at the university’s main campus: College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, Shenandoah Conservatory, and Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing.
- Shenandoah University also has a presence in downtown Winchester, with the Division of Education & Leadership programs/administrative offices in the Bowman Building, administrative offices in the Feltner Building as well as graduate student housing in Solenberger Hall. The Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, which provides arts programming for youth and the greater community, is located in the John Kerr Building in downtown Winchester as well.
- Shenandoah University encompasses 359.5 acres.
Other Educational Sites
Shenandoah’s Health Professions Building in Winchester, Virginia, opened in 1996 and is located on the Winchester Medical Center–Valley Health campus. The building is home to the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy and the School of Health Professions’ Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs. (Note: The School of Health Professions’ Athletic Training program is not at this location but on the campus in Winchester.)
Scholar Plaza, Loudoun, opened in 2001 and is home to graduate programs in business, education, leadership studies, accelerated second-degree nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant studies. Scholar Plaza, Loudoun, is situated only 35 miles from Washington D.C.
Shenandoah University offers graduate programs and postgraduate certificates in nursing at the Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax, Virginia. ICPH, Fairfax, also supports an online master’s in public health and also serves as home to the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy’s Northern Virginia location.
In 2013, the university acquired 195 acres of land in Clarke County, Virginia, which was integral to the July 18, 1864, Battle of Cool Spring. The university is preserving and protecting the environmental and historical assets of this land along the Shenandoah River.
For more information on Shenandoah University’s various locations, visit the Shenandoah University Locations page
- SU residence halls can accommodate 1,185 students. There are 5 freshmen residence halls and 4 upperclassmen residence halls. Apartments are available for upperclassmen (The Village) and Graduate Students (Solenberger).
- Students may choose from more than 84 different clubs and student organizations.
- There are 22 intercollegiate and 25 intramural sports.
- It is mandatory that first- and second-year students live on campus.
- The 40,000-square foot Brandt Student Center, opened in May 2008, is the hub of student activities.
- Over 200 indoor and outdoor security cameras are interspersed among the public venues of the Shenandoah University campuses.
- Approximately 76% of students apply for federal or state financial aid at Shenandoah University.
- In 2020-2021 Shenandoah University distributed nearly $87,000,000 in financial aid.
- More than 2,300 students received university-sponsored scholarships and grants totaling nearly $30,000,000.
- 860 undergraduate students received an annual award of $4,250 from the VTAG program for 2020-2021.
- 271 graduate health profession students received an annual VTAG award of $1,100.
- Virginia United Methodist students who are members of the Virginia Annual Conference are usually eligible for a United Methodist scholarship.
- Selected conservatory students received talent awards.
- There are many merit and need-based scholarships available for eligible Shenandoah University undergraduate students.
- Student must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online to be eligible for a full financial aid package.