Shepherd University

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Shepherd University can be found in Shepherdstown, WV, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 3,900 students enrolled per year at Shepherd University.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores between 970 (25th percentile) to 1170 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 19 (25th percentile) to 26 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is usually submitted among applicants admitted to this school. We were able to estimate the Shepherd University average GPA (2.98 - 3.38) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Shepherd University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Shepherd University was reported as 96.3% in Fall 2020 with over 1,370 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 19 - 26
  • Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Shepherd University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Shepherd University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Shepherd University has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 91.9%
  • 2017-2018: 89.1%
  • 2018-2019: 89.5%
  • 2019-2020: 96.3%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 86.0%

How Does Shepherd University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Shepherd University is seventy percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Hood College65.3%
Shenandoah University74.4%
Mount St Mary's University74.8%
Wilson College92.8%
Gettysburg College48.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Shepherd University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 600
Math480 - 570
Total Score970 - 1170
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math16 - 24
Composite Score19 - 26
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