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General Freshman Admission
A student applying for general freshman admission may submit an application any time after the completion of six semesters of high school.
Applicants must submit the following documentation for consideration by the Admissions staff:

  • Completed Undergraduate Application for admission;
  • $35 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 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), including the writing portion. The admissions and academic personnel of Shepherd University may require enrollment in basic skills courses and programs or other appropriate measures for a student whose high school record and/or standardized test scores indicate a deficiency in certain areas.

    Required Units
    Units (Years)
    4 English (including courses in grammar, composition, and literature).
    3 social studies (including U.S. history).
    4 mathematics (three units must be Algebra I and higher).
    3 science (all courses to be college preparatory laboratory science preferably including units from biology, chemistry and physics).
    1 arts.
    2 foreign language (two units of the same foreign language).

    Elective Units
    It is recommended that the remaining elective units be chosen from the academic core (English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) or subjects such as computer science, fine arts, humanities, and keyboarding.

    Required Grade Averages and Test Scores

  • Minimum 2.0 academic grade point average (on a 4-point scale).
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 19 and/or SAT score of 910. (Writing portion is required.)
    *Applicants who have been graduated from high school more than five years at the time of application for admissions do not need ACT or SAT scores unless specified by a specific program.

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