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First-Time Freshmen

Applying as a First-Time Freshman

You are considered a first-time freshman if you have or will be recently graduating from high school or have obtained your GED and have never attended a college or university. Students who have attended any institution of higher education after high school/secondary school cannot apply as a first time freshman student.

Application Process

1. Complete the application for admission here. The application fee is $45.

2. Send an official high school transcript or GED to Shepherd either electronically to or via mail to:

Shepherd University
Office of Admissions
PO Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

3. Send your SAT or ACT scores. (SAT code: 5615, ACT code: 4532).

Admissions Requirements

Students who plan to enroll in Shepherd University immediately following high school must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. The required ACT composite score for admission is 19. The required SAT composite is 910, Math + Reading or a 950 Math + Reading on the re-designed SAT (post March 2016). The University may grant provisional admission to any student who falls below these criteria if the student has proven to possess the academic integrity and skill necessary for college studies.


All first-time freshmen are eligible to receive an academic scholarship from Shepherd University, granted they are not receiving Academic Common Market. The minimum scholarship requirements are a 3.0 cumulative high school G.P.A., a 1,000 SAT in Math + Reading (pre-March 2016 test dates), 1,100 SAT in Math + Reading (post March 2016 test dates) and/or a 22 ACT. These scholarships are renewable for three additional years with a 2.75 cumulative Shepherd G.P.A.



Re-designed SAT 


West Virginia Resident 

Out-of-State Resident 

Director’s Scholarship







Dean’s Scholarship







President’s Scholarship

3.75 and above

1,250 and above

1,300 and above

28 and above



For information on other scholarships, visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website.