Application Instructions

To Start the Online Application for Shepherd University the "Apply Now" button is located at the Bottom of the screen. 

  • Complete this online application. After you are finished, click the 'SUBMIT' button located on the left column of the application and follow the directions.
  • After you submit the completed online application, you may pay the nonrefundable application fee of $45 by credit card online or by making a check or money order payable to Shepherd University. If paying by check or money order, please include the signed application agreement statement that appears at the end of the application.
  • An e-mail will confirm the receipt of the online application with a reminder to the applicant about the signature and check. Feel free to contact the Office of Admissions in order to make sure that your application is complete.

The requirements for admission to Shepherd University are listed in the Shepherd University catalog at and on the Shepherd website at

Rolling Admissions

After all application materials and credentials have been received, the Office of Admissions will notify the applicants of its decisions on a rolling admissions basis as long as openings remain in the freshman or transfer classes.


Following the receipt of an offer of admission, you must complete and return to the Office of Admissions the enrollment confirmation form. If you accept the offer of admission, you must mail to the Office of Admissions an enrollment deposit of $100, refundable up until May 1, along with the enrollment confirmation form.

General Application Procedures

Please follow the steps listed below in completing this application form:
  1. This application is required of all degree-seeking students, regardless of whether you are interested in part-time or full-time studies.

  2. Please read this statement carefully:
    Directory information may be released on admitted or enrolled students as provided under the Buckley Amendment unless the student requests in writing that this information be withheld. Requests to withhold information should be sent to the Office of Admissions at Shepherd University with the application agreement statement.

  3. Early Action Plan
    Shepherd University offers early admission to students whose first college choice is Shepherd. Under early admission, a qualified applicant whose complete admissions application with all supporting credentials is on file in the Office of Admissions by November 15 will receive notice of acceptance within 10 days. This plan is designed to reduce the burden of the admissions process for those applicants who are considered highly desirable for admission by the university and who fully intend to enroll. A student applying for admission under the Early Action Plan should possess academic qualifications that meet minimum admissions standards at the end of the sixth semester of high school. These students must meet all the admissions requirements outlined in the university catalog.

  4. General Application Procedures
    Applicants must submit the following documentation for consideration by the admissions staff:
    • $45 application fee
    • Official secondary school records documenting completion of the minimum high school academic unit requirements
    • Results of the American College Test (ACT) or the SAT Reasoning Test. The writing portion is strongly recommended.

    The admissions and academic personnel of Shepherd University may require enrollment in stretch-model classes and/or other appropriate measures for a student whose high school record and/or standardized test scores indicate a deficiency in certain areas.

Please note that specific departments within Shepherd have additional admissions requirements that are briefly covered in Special Departmental Admissions Requirements.

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— Last updated by Shepherd University on 10/15/2019 5:11PM PST

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Shepherd University
PO Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000

800-344-5231 x5212
(304) 876-5165


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