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SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY - [SU], WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA

Winchester, VirginiaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1875Established Year
  3844Enrollment

Shenandoah University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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.

  • The average HS GPA of the admitted freshman of the class of 2019 was 3.56, while average SAT and ACT scores were 1000-1200 (math & critical reading sections only) and 19-27 respectively.
  • Noteworthy alumnae of Shenandoah include drummer Carter Beauford, television actors Kate Flannery and Harold Perrineau, among others.

Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report places Shenandoah University's at #263 in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities
  • THE World University Rankings 2020 place Shenandoah in the 401-500 bracket nationally.

Highlights

Type of UniversityPrivate
Faculty Members259 full-time; 236 part-time
Number of Undergraduate Seats2,034
Number of Postgraduate Seats1,783
Percentage of International Students2%
Annual Acceptance Rate70%
Basic Tuition Fee for International Undergraduate Students33,180 USD
Basic Tuition Fee for International Graduate Students22,665 USD
Test Scores AcceptedSAT/ ACT, TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE/ DET
Official websitesu.edu

Programs, Faculties, and Divisions at Shenandoah University

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:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Education & Leadership
  • Shenandoah Conservatory
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Health Professions
  • Division of Applied Technology

Housing Facilities/Residence at Shenandoah University

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 University Campus

Shenandoah University Campus

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:

  • The Health Professions Building at the Winchester Medical Center—Valley Health campus, set up in 1996 is home to the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy and the School of Health Professions.
  • The James L. Bowman Building started operations in 1997 and houses the School of Education & Leadership.
  • The John Kerr Building acquired in 1982, was home to the School of Health Professions and the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing through 1996. The building now houses the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy.
  • The Feltner Building on the Winchester Walking Mall has the Shenandoah administrative offices and alumni outreach.

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.

Shenandoah University Application Process

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

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete the International Student Application.
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended with certified English translation.
  • A course-by-course evaluation by a NACES/AICE accredited professional credit-evaluation agency.
  • Scores of Standardized exams to study in the USA
  • Supplemental Application for International Students including a signed affidavit of support and a copy of a recent bank statement.
  • Shenandoah Conservatory Applications to Music, Theatre or Dance Programs need to complete an Audition or Portfolio Review.
  • Submit Optional Application documents like Personal Statement, Resume, Recommendation letters, High School Counselor Recommendation, etc. Also, each graduate program will have specific admissions requirements in addition to the general requirements listed here.
  • Official English Proficiency Test Scores. The tests of English Proficiency accepted by Shenandoah are listed below:
Test NameScores Accepted
TOEFL79 iBT
IELTS6.5+
Duolingo105+ on the new 160-point scale
PTE53+
SAT480+ on EBRW
ACT18+ in the English section

Cost of Attendance

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:

ExpenseUndergraduate (in USD)Graduate (in USD)
Tuition & Fees33,180 USD22,665 USD
Room & Board10,570 USD10,570 USD
Books & Supplies1,500 USD1,500 USD
Insurance2,600 USD2,600 USD
Total47,850 USD37,335 USD

Scholarship and Financial Aids

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. 

Work While You Study

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.

Alumni Network

Shenandoah Alumnae success stories are aplenty, a few are listed below:

  • Louise M. Ball ’85 – Professional Golf Instructor and winner of several awards in Golfing.
  • David A. Abraham ’08, ’09 – IT Project Manager at the Department of Defense, Pentagon.
  • Katie Props Allen ’04 – Fashion Entrepreneur
  • Charles Harbaugh IV ’09, ’11 – Youngest Mayor to be elected in Middletown, Virginia, serving his 2nd term now.

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. 

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Shenandoah University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population5176
FAFSA Code003737
Application Cost$30
Accreditation SACSSCOC
Average Cost of Attendance$31,890 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-79- -
IELTS-6.5- -
PTE-53- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score110510101200 85%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing560510610-
Mathematics545500590-
ACTCheck Detailed Score232026 29%
English232026-
Mathematics221825-

Shenandoah University Acceptance Rate

83.2%

Acceptance Rate

1737

Total Applicants

5176

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

31.6%

Male

68.4%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program83.2%
Total Applicants3231
Total Enrolled2689
Graduate
Graduate Programs83.2%
Total Applicants2988
Total Enrolled2487

Shenandoah University Enrollment

Enrollment
Shenandoah University Enrollment5176
Undergraduate Enrollment2689
Graduate Enrollment2487
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate57.3%

Attendance Cost

$31,890

Attendance Cost

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

Tuition 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
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing ProgramsAccreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
ProgramsAmerican Occupational Therapy Association
Pharmacy ProgramsAccreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Physiotherapy ProgramsAmerican Physical Therapy Association
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Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
72224164305840
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    10/10faculty
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    STARTING MY JOURNEY IN THE USA

    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.


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    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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    Bus Station

    Shenandoah University0.37 Km
    Hampton Inn0.42 Km
    Apple Blossom Mall0.6 Km
    Featherbed Ln877.92 Km

    Super Market

    Target Grocery1.54 Km
    Walmart Supercenter1.66 Km
    Food Maxx2.41 Km
    Sharp Shopper Grocery Outlet2.53 Km
    Family Dollar2.68 Km
    LeeMart4.22 Km
    ALDI6.24 Km
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    Airport

    Winchester Regional Airport (OKV)2.72 Km
    Winchester Medical Center Heliport4.36 Km
    Smith Heliport5.31 Km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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