Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA 22601

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.


Campus LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate82%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  2. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP)
  3. RN to BSN
  4. Accelerated BSN
  5. Family Nurse Practitioner
  6. BSN

    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 - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 115
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Master's degree 26
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 2
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery Post-master's certificate 9
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 5
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Post-master's certificate 3
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 2

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Shenandoah University

Hood College
43.26 miles away
Marymount University
58.07 miles away
Georgetown University
60.83 miles away
Eastern Mennonite University
61.18 miles away
George Washington University
62.35 miles away
Washington Adventist University
63.23 miles away
Howard University
63.37 miles away
Trinity Washington University
64.04 miles away
Catholic University of America
64.16 miles away
Stevenson University
79.82 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading440 to 570
SAT: Math440 to 550
SAT: Writing410 to 540
ACT Composite19 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$22,022
30k to 48k$26,271
48k to 75k$25,821
75k to 110k$28,520
Over 110k$30,879
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $877.00 $877.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $846.00 $846.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia

Applicants must be daughters, sons grandsons, etc of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the american legion.

Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award

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American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship

Applicants must be daughters, sons, grandsons, etc. of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Applicants must be in their senior year or graduates [...]

Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship

Candidates must be residents of Newport County, and a graduate from a high school in Rhode Island. Scholarships are open to individuals accepted into, and in attendance at any accredited [...]

Genevieve Saran Richmond Award

This scholarship has been donated by Leslie and Virginia Fiur to a nursing student with a disability.

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing
Shenandoah University
1460 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601

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