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STEP PROGRAMS

For more information, please contact Dr. Colleen Nolan, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at Shepherd University,

(304) 876-5106

Admission to the MedSTEP Program
The MedSTEP Program (Medical Students in the Eastern Panhandle), is an innovative program available to incoming freshman. It is specifically designed for students with a desire to attend medical school and provides dual admission to Shepherd and West Virginia medical school.

The Med STEP Program is a highly selective program that assures that bright, dedicated students attending Shepherd University may automatically continue their training to become physicians at WVU Medical School. The Program is open to students who are committed to becoming physicians in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

The following items are needed for your application:

  • Completed application form specific to Med STEP Program
  • High School total GPA > 3.6 (send hard copy transcript)
  • ACT score > 24; or SAT scores > 1100 (send copy)
  • Letter of recommendation from your high school science teacher (our form)
  • Letter of recommendation from your high school principal or guidance counselor (our form)
  • Letter of recommendation citing your communication skills from a community leader
  • Personal statement of your interest in the Program
  • Personal interview

Applications are due by February 27 for fall enrollment. Students selected for interviews will be interviewed during the month of March and successful candidates will be notified in April or May.

Admission to the PharmSTEP Program
The PharmSTEP (Pharmacy Students in the Eastern Panhandle) Program is for incoming freshman at Shepherd University. It is specifically designed for students with a desire to attend the pharmacy school, and provides dual admission to Shepherd and West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.

The PharmSTEP Program is highly selective and is designed to assure that bright, dedicated students attending Shepherd University may automatically continue their training to become pharmacists at WVU School of Pharmacy. The Program is open to students who are committed to becoming pharmacists in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

The following items are needed for your application:

  • Completed application form
  • High School total GPA > 3.6 (send official school transcript)
  • ACT math score > 26; or SAT math scores > 600 (send official copy of scores)
  • Letter of recommendation from your high school science teacher (accompanied by recommendation form)
  • Letter of recommendation from your high school principal or guidance counselor (accompanied by recommendation form)
  • Letter of recommendation from a community leader (accompanied by recommendation form)
  • Personal statement describing your interest in becoming a becoming a pharmacist and in entering the Pharm STEP Program

Applications and letters are due by February 27 for fall enrollment. Students selected for interviews will be interviewed during the month of April.

Admission to the DentSTEP Program
The DentSTEP Program (Dental Students in the Eastern Panhandle) is an innovative and highly selective Program, co-sponsored by the West Virginia University School of Dentistry and Shepherd University. This program is only available to incoming freshman who are West Virginia residents. It is specifically designed for students with a desire to attend the dental school and provides dual admission to Shepherd and West Virginia University School of Dentistry.

The DentSTEP Program assures that bright, dedicated students attending Shepherd University may continue their training to become dentists at WVU School of Dentistry. It is open to students who are committed to becoming dentists in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

The following items are need for your application:

  • Completed application form
  • High School total GPA > 3.25 (send hard copy transcript)
  • Minimum ACT score > 22; or SAT scores > 1000 (send copy)
  • Letter of recommendation from your high school science teacher (DentSTEP)
  • Letter of recommendation from your high school principal or guidance counselor (DentSTEP)
  • Letter of recommendation citing your communication skills and/or community service
  • Personal statement of your interest in the program
  • Personal Interview

Application forms are due by February 27 for fall enrollment. Students selected for interviews will be interviewed during the month of March and successful candidates will be notified in April or May.

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