Shepherd University is one of the thirteen public 4-year colleges in West Virginia. The campus is located in Shepherdstown town.According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 3,736 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 598 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 389 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 65%). Every year 42% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.
Shepherd University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $5,364, and fees were $1,964. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $14,955 and $2,914 respectively.
|Campus LocaleFringe Town|
|Number of Students3,736|
|Student to Faculty Ratio16:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
The Shepherd University Nursing Education program is designed to educate professional nurses to enter the field of nursing as generalists through different tracks.
The program is accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Applicants seeking to enter the program directly from high school are expected to meet the admission requirements for the University to enter as pre-nursing students. The program has a limited enrollment.
Students designated as pre-nursing can be admitted by the nursing program upon fulfilling the following criteria:
- Complete pre-requisite courses and required credit hours
- Maintain a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA
- Complete separate application for the Nursing department
- Meet with academic advisor by the 1st of March for prospective admission to the program in the fall or by the 1st of October for enrollment in the spring semester
The following are program specific requirements for students accepted to the program:
- Complete health assessment before the 2st of July for fall admission (includes test for TB)
- Current CPR certification for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association
- Attend annual orientation for the nursing department
- Submit to a criminal background check and drug screening
- Submit test scores for standardized testing
The nursing program at Shepherd also offers an RN-BSN track that allows for professional development for nurse practitioners. Admission to the program requires official transcript for all college level course work in addition to all program specific requirements that are required for students admitted through the traditional entry track.
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||0||0|
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission|
01/01/1950 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program|
10/01/1992 - 12/31/2011
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
10/29/2011 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||970 to 1150|
|ACT||19 to 24|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$299/credit|
|In State Students||$299/credit|
|Out of State Students||$738/credit|
|In District Students||$445/credit|
|In State Students||$445/credit|
|Out of State Students||$636/credit|
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|
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.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 90% of Shepherd University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||5%||$1,007|
|State Grant & Scholarships||45%||$4,153|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||60%||$3,688|
|Federal Student Loans||55%||$5,178|
$9,352Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$6,867|
|$30,001 to $48,000$8,494|
|$48,001 to $75,000$10,642|
|$75,001 to $110,000$12,675|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and West Virginia state board of nursing.