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Shepherd University: Narrative Description


PO Box 3210
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-3210
Tel: (304)876-5000
Free: 800-344-5231
Admissions: (304)876-5212
Fax: (304)876-5165
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1871. Setting: 320-acre small town campus with easy access to Washington, DC. Endowment: $19.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3008 per student. Total enrollment: 5,206. Faculty: 310 (119 full-time, 191 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 1,377 applied, 91% were admitted. Full-time: 3,262 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 1,879 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 21 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 26% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 3 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous until 8/15, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $3654 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $9234 full-time. Full-time tuition varies according to degree level, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $5574. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 42 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 2% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Program Board, Student Community Services, United Brothers, Common Ground. Major annual events: homecoming, Shepfest, Midnight Breakfast. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,019 college housing spaces available; 1,000 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Ruth Scarborough Library with 183,197 books, 245,794 microform titles, 918 serials, 11,393 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Shepherdstown is a small town of about 5,000 located near Martinsburg, Charles Town and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and Hagerstown, Maryland. The town was established by English and German farmers who had crossed the river from Maryland before 1730. There are many historic sites in the area. The climate is temperate and the community is reached by State Route 45. There are 10 churches, 4 libraries, and 4 hospitals nearby. Some part-time employment is available in the surrounding area.

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