Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA 22601
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Shenandoah University is a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It was established in 1875 as Shenandoah Seminary in Dayton, Virginia. The seminary became a college in 1924 when it began offering two-year degrees. It moved to its current location in Winchester in 1960 after merging with the Shenandoah Conservatory. The campus covers 126 acres near Interstate 81. The Medical Campus is close to the Winchester Medical Center. Shenandoah University includes six schools and one college, offering over 90 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The schools include the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing.

Shenandoah University offers traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN, DNP, and BSN to DNP programs. The MSN program includes five different specialty tracks including Nurse Midwifery. The programs are accredited by the CCNE. Students who are enrolled in the traditional BSN program begin taking nursing courses during their freshman year. Instead of waiting until the second or third year, incoming freshmen are directly admitted into the nursing program. They also begin their clinical rotations during their sophomore year, offering more time to gain hands-on training. The accelerated program also includes clinical rotations and is intended to be completed in just 15 months.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students3,844
Student to Faculty Ratio10:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs

The Shenandoah University Traditional BSN program is a four year track designed for students who are just entering the program as freshmen for full time instruction with a combination of nursing and general education courses beginning from the first semester of enrollment. Students are encouraged to take the opportunities made available to work in healthcare settings during summers.

The university also provides a transfer track into the program that is intended for students who have already completed all general education requirements and pre-requisite courses. Transfer students are accepted in the fall or in the spring semesters for five academic semesters of full time instruction.

The other track,  RN to BSN  offers advanced placement entry for Registered Nurses who have a diploma in nursing or an associate degree. RNs can transfer general education credits and nursing courses taken at an accredited institute to complete the BSN in two semesters of full time enrollment of three to six semesters of part time study.

The last track is second degree BSN/accelerated BSN is a 15 month program designed for students who already have a baccalaureate degree in a nursing program.

Program Specific Requirements:

  • Specific immunizations required by healthcare facilities
  • Proof of Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis
  • Tuberculosis testing
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Complete criminal background check
  • Random drug testing
  • Current CPR certificate for health care providers from the American Heart Association

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 1 0
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 1 17
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 1
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 85.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1973 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
01/31/2001 - Current
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
06/23/1997 - 06/07/1997
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
06/07/1997 - 01/31/2001
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/09/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/09/2004 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1010 to 1200
ACT20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Considered but not required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates $30

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$895/credit
In State Students$895/credit
Out of State Students$895/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$860/credit
In State Students$860/credit
Out of State Students$860/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $40,275 $40,275 $40,275
ADN 70 $62,650 $62,650 $62,650
BSN 125 $111,875 $111,875 $111,875
FNP 50 $43,000 $43,000 $43,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Shenandoah University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 26% $4,265
Other Federal Grant 25% $427
State Grant & Scholarships 53% $3,094
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $12,720
Federal Student Loans 74% $5,741
Private Loans 14% $16,402


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$20,814
$30,001 to $48,000$22,230
$48,001 to $75,000$28,018
$75,001 to $110,000$31,937
Over $110,000$32,593

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.
Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601

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