Shenandoah University

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1460 University Drive

Winchester, VA 22601

Phone: (540) 665-4500
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#44 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Shenandoah University is a private institution that was founded in 1875. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,402, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 120 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Shenandoah University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 44. Its tuition and fees are $28,648 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Shenandoah University is the private, nationally recognized applied liberal arts university that invites students to join a close-knit community rich in creative energy. We attract independent, curious, and academically prepared students who seek a rigorous education and exceptional professional training. In our dynamic academic community, students: connect with accomplished professors; engage in small, highly interactive classes; apply what they learn in a variety of experiences outside the classroom; and expand their
understanding and perspectives by being involved in global initiatives. As a result, our graduates are empowered to help improve the human condition and are prepared to be principled professional leaders. Our main campus is
located in the City of Winchester, VA in the historic Shenandoah Valley. Our Northern Virginia campus, located in Leesburg, VA, 45 miles to the east, specializes in graduate study in education and nursing. SU is comprised
of six academic schools, offering 42 baccalaureate, 18 masters, and 8 doctoral programs, and a broad spectrum of minors and undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and post-doctoral certificates. The College of Arts & Sciences
provides a classic, broad-based education to satisfy both intellectual curiosity and career goals. Offering small classes and individualized learning opportunities, we put students at the center of all our decisions and events.
Shenandoah Conservatory is Virginia's, and one of the country's, premier conservatories with a faculty of professionals in music, theatre and dance and alumni that take center stage from Broadway to the concert halls
of Europe. With 32 performing ensembles and over 300 concerts, recitals, clinics, master classes, theatre and opera productions and dance concerts yearly, students have continual opportunities to perform and be evaluated
by both professionals and peers. Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business is led by academically experienced professors with real world backgrounds in business, government and the military to provide the knowledge and
skills to apply on the job or in the community in today's fast-paced, global business environment. The new Alumni Mentorship Program, designed by faculty in cooperation with the Office of Alumni Affairs, fosters undergraduate student growth and professional development. Our School of Education & Human Development educates practitioner-leaders by offering master's and doctoral programs unique in their emphasis on the application of theory to real-world problems and lived experiences, preparing caring, capable and reflective
teachers, administrators, human services and public sectors practitioners. The Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy uses a highly integrated, learner-centered curriculum and progressive instructional technology to educate and train students and pharmacists to become ethical and compassionate healthcare professionals who serve their patients and community with optimal pharmaceutical care and advance the pharmacy profession. The
School of Health Professions, relying on the deep experiences of a future-focused faculty and hands-on experiences in clinical rotations, includes six divisions: Athletic Training, Nursing, Respiratory Care, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies. Our integrated mobile learning program, iMLearning, delivers on SU's commitment to academic excellence and campus sustainability by putting the highly rated, environmentally friendly MacBook Pro (and choice of an iPodTouch , iPad or iPhone) into the hands of all incoming first-year, full-time students, some graduate students, and full-time faculty. iMLearning allows SU to offer unique technology programs that enhance classroom management and student

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1875
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $52,748,470


When applying to Shenandoah University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at Shenandoah University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 84.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 84.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Shenandoah University is 10:1, and the school has 69.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Shenandoah University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Physical Education Teaching and Coaching; Musical Theatre; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 25%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 31%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 9%
Musical Theatre 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%

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Student Life

Shenandoah University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,402, with a gender distribution of 37.5 percent male students and 62.5 percent female students. At this school, 55 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45 percent of students live off campus. Shenandoah University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,176
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Shenandoah University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Shenandoah University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Shenandoah University, 37 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Shenandoah University.

Students who have cars on campus 37%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Shenandoah University, 61.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,000.

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Tuition and fees $28,648 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,564 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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