Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV 25443
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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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Town
Number of Students3,736
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate65%

Nursing Programs

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.

Admissions Requirements:

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:

  1. Complete pre-requisite courses and required credit hours
  2. Maintain a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA
  3. Complete separate application for the Nursing department
  4. 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
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 9 70
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 84.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT970 to 1150
ACT19 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor 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

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 $45
Graduates $40

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$299/credit
In State Students$299/credit
Out of State Students$738/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$445/credit
In State Students$445/credit
Out of State Students$636/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 $13,455 $13,455 $33,210
ADN 70 $20,930 $20,930 $51,660
BSN 125 $37,375 $37,375 $92,250
FNP 50 $22,250 $22,250 $31,800
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, 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
Pell Grant 39% $4,217
Other Federal Grant 5% $1,007
State Grant & Scholarships 45% $4,153
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 60% $3,688
Federal Student Loans 55% $5,178
Private Loans 5% $13,845


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$6,867
$30,001 to $48,000$8,494
$48,001 to $75,000$10,642
$75,001 to $110,000$12,675
Over $110,000$13,384

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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and West Virginia state board of nursing.
Shepherd University
301 North King St
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

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