The roots of Shenandoah University can be traced back to Shenandoah High School set up in 1875, at Dayton, Virginia. Several names changes later and after relocating to the present campus at Winchester, in 1991, the institution became Shenandoah University. Nationally acclaimed as a private establishment blending liberal arts education with professional career experiences, Shenandoah enrolls about 4,000 students in more than 200 areas of study in seven academic schools. With the main campus at Winchester, the university has five more satellite campuses in the nearby vicinity. 59 countries and 44 states are represented by the student body at Shenandoah University.
The university accepts applications for admissions at a rate of 70%. Shenandoah offers admissions for the Fall and Spring intakes, on a rolling basis throughout the year.
|Type of University||Private|
|Faculty Members||259 full-time; 236 part-time|
|Number of Undergraduate Seats||2,034|
|Number of Postgraduate Seats||1,783|
|Percentage of International Students||2%|
|Annual Acceptance Rate||70%|
|Basic Tuition Fee for International Undergraduate Students||33,180 USD|
|Basic Tuition Fee for International Graduate Students||22,665 USD|
|Test Scores Accepted||SAT/ ACT, TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE/ DET|
Shenandoah University offers programs for its Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and Dual degrees apart from certificates and accelerated tracks, Shenandoah offers over 200 areas of study through distinct academic schools and colleges:
Shenandoah guarantees housing for all full-time students for all four years, provided, they apply for the same within the deadline. Full-time students at Shenandoah are required to live on campus for the first two years of study. Every year, 1,000+ students choose to live in one of the 11 residence halls on-campus. Each residence hall is unique in style and characteristics and is divided by class rank.
Freshmen Students can apply for housing between March 1 – May 31 to ensure full consideration. The final deadline for new students is June 1. The basic room and board plans on-campus would cost 4,990 USD per semester. Please note that students living on-campus must subscribe to a meal plan available at the campus dining facility.
Shenandoah’s campus at Winchester is conveniently located on I-81, merely 70 miles away from Washington D.C. The Winchester campus started its operation in 1960 and since then several smaller satellite campuses have come up surrounding the residential campus. The campus at Winchester houses performance spaces, athletic facilities, library, campus residences and the majority of academic facilities including all Undergraduate Programs and select graduate programs.
The city of Winchester is home to several other Shenandoah campuses, namely:
Shenandoah’s Cool Spring River Campus at Bluemont, Virginia was established in 2013. The property comprises of 195 acres of preserved land along the Shenandoah River and serves as a living laboratory for the History and Environmental Studies programs apart from being used for recreational activities as well.
The Inova Center for Personalized Health at Fairfax, Virginia offers an assortment of healthcare programs in collaboration with Inova.
The Scholar Plaza in Leesburg, Virginia, 35 miles from Washington D.C, was founded in 2001, to host graduate programs in Business, Education, Leadership Studies, Accelerated-Second-Degree Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies.
International students who want to seek admissions at Shenandoah University can follow the below-mentioned admission process:
How to apply: Application to Shenandoah University is an online process.
Application fee: Non-refundable application fee of 30 USD is to be paid along with the application.
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the year. However, for priority consideration of the application and early acceptance, students are advised to apply by the following priority dates:
Fall Semester – January 15
Spring Semester – October 1
|Test Name||Scores Accepted|
|Duolingo||105+ on the new 160-point scale|
|SAT||480+ on EBRW|
|ACT||18+ in the English section|
Costs vary from program to program. However, the estimated total cost for tuition, books, health insurance, a residence hall room and food service for one full year (excluding summer) is 44,690 USD for full-time undergraduate study and 22,000 USD for full-time graduate study.
Estimated Expenses for Undergraduate and Graduate students at Shenandoah for the Academic Year 2019—2020:
|Expense||Undergraduate (in USD)||Graduate (in USD)|
|Tuition & Fees||33,180 USD||22,665 USD|
|Room & Board||10,570 USD||10,570 USD|
|Books & Supplies||1,500 USD||1,500 USD|
|Insurance||2,600 USD||2,600 USD|
|Total||47,850 USD||37,335 USD|
Shenandoah University offers international students scholarships to afford their studies in the US. All international undergraduate students at Shenandoah are eligible for merit-based scholarships. No separate application is needed for these scholarships and the award amount is calculated upon admission, based on the academic merit of the candidate. Please note that the scholarship amount would cover only a part of the tuition cost. All freshmen applicants are also eligible for the Shenandoah academic scholarship ranging from 3,000 USD -14,000 USD depending upon the candidate’s past academic achievements.
There are no scholarships offered at the graduate level. However, international graduate students are eligible for a limited number of departmental graduate assistantships which are highly competitive. Graduate Assistants are selected by program directors and such Assistantships can provide a full or partial tuition waiver, small stipend, or housing. Shenandoah Conservatory Graduate Assistantship/ Teaching Assistantship, Master of Business Administration Graduate Assistantship, Career Services Media Specialist, Recruitment Services Specialist, etc., are some of the available opportunities for graduate students.
Undergraduate Students at Shenandoah can work either under the Federal Work-study which is a federal-based financial aid program or under the Institutional Work-Study program. International students, however, are not eligible for any kind of federal financial aid, so they can seek on-campus jobs under Shenandoah’s student employment opportunities. They can earn at an hourly rate of 8.20 USD working between 7-9 hours per week.
Graduate students can apply for Graduate Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship for on-campus employment opportunities.
Shenandoah Alumnae success stories are aplenty, a few are listed below:
The Shenandoah Alumni Association is a bridge between the university and about 22000 alumni spread over 80 countries. The focus is to foster a healthy relationship between the two parties and in the process provide benefits and services to the alumnae as well as uphold the cause of the institution’s development.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$31,890 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Shenandoah University Enrollment||5176|
|Average Graduation Rate||57.3%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$31,890 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$16,050 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,500 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$10,180 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$2,600 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$10,180 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,600 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$4,100 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$3,900 / Year|
|Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Music Programs||National Association of Schools of Music|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Nursing Programs||Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education|
|Programs||American Occupational Therapy Association|
|Pharmacy Programs||Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education|
|Physiotherapy Programs||American Physical Therapy Association|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
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My long-time plan has always been to settle in the USA. It came into action when I completed my schooling. Soon after completing it, I applied online to the various universities and colleges accepting foreign Indian students. I was selected at only one university i.e. Shenandoah University. I took admission and submitted the required documents.
The curriculum will prepare me to be a productive professional, responsible, and thoughtful citizen. Throughout the course of study, I will conduct critical analyses of mediated and oral communication, and hone the skills of oral and written communication and critical thinking.
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