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Shepherd University - Institutional Highlights

  • Shepherd University is a thriving public institution, situated on the banks of the Potomac River in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Shepherdstown is 70 miles northwest of Washington, DC, and is part of the Washington/Baltimore metro area. Shepherd is a regional university serving several of the fastest-growing communities in the nation. (
  • Shepherd was named a 2007 Best Southeastern College by the Princeton Review (second consecutive year) and was included by Princeton Review in their list of America's Best Value Colleges.
  • Shepherd University completed an exceptionally successful institutional re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges in 2002. There were no follow-up visits or reports required. The next accreditation visit will occur in 2012. (
  • In addition to the institutional accreditation, national accreditation is held in the following departments: music, business, education, social work, and nursing education.
  • Shepherd has been governed under a local, independent Board of Governors since 2001 ( The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission ( serves as a policy-making body for the public colleges and universities in the State.
  • Shepherd University's enrollment has increased by 34% over the past decade, while the academic credentials of incoming freshmen have improved.
  • Capital construction projects totaling nearly $100 million have been completed recently or are underway, much of which was funded by Federal allocations designated by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. (
  • Hallmarks of new facilities are the Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center, the expansion of the Scarborough Library, which included the nationally recognized Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies; new residence apartments for students; and the expansion of Ram Stadium.
  • Two major capital projects are currently under construction - the new nursing education building and the first phase of the Center for Contemporary Arts. Two additional major projects are under development - a new Wellness Center and a new Student Center. ( )
  • Shepherd University is a comprehensive institution with a national and international vision which emphasizes the liberal arts. Shepherd's curriculum includes many opportunities for credit-earning travel overseas and an international study abroad program. (
  • Shepherd offers the following graduate programs: College Student Development and Administration (MA), Curriculum and Instruction (MA), the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Music, Music Education. Three additional programs are currently under development: Liberal Studies (MA), Public History (MA), and the Master of Science in Nursing.
  • University status was achieved by Shepherd in 2004, reflecting one of the best-credentialed faculties in West Virginia and the commitment to graduate programs. The institution's name was then changed from Shepherd College to Shepherd University by an act of the West Virginia Legislature.
  • Shepherd hosts the Contemporary American Theater Festival (, which is dedicated to producing and developing new American theater. Reviews and articles about CATF have appeared in a variety of media venues including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, and the Chicago Tribune.
  • Shepherd is in the quiet phase of its first major comprehensive fundraising campaign, the centerpiece of which is the Center for Contemporary Arts that will house the Contemporary American Theater Festival and the art and theater departments.
  • The Institute for Environmental Studies ( was established in 1999 and has attracted thriving enrollment since its inception.
  • Shepherd University has developed a partnership with the Gateway New Economy Council, an organization of professional business people in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Through this unique relationship, seasoned business professionals mentor Shepherd business students, provide internships for them, and guide them in finding employment upon their graduation.
  • Shepherd University is home to the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War (, whose mission is to promote scholarly research on that conflict.
  • The University capitalizes on its unique geographic location, which affords enriching educational experiences for the study of art, music, drama, English, Modern Language, political science, and history. See The Washington Gateway Program at (
  • Shepherd University participates in athletics at the NCAA Division II level and Shepherd's teams annually are ranked regionally and nationally with teams participating in regional and national playoff contests. (
  • Shepherd University | P.O. Box 3210 | Shepherdstown, West Virginia | 25443-3210 | 304-876-5000 | 800-344-5231 | FAX 304-876-3101
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