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Greetings from Provost Ames

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the wealth of academic opportunities at Shepherd University. As West Virginia’s public, liberal arts university, we offer a range of degree programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as nationally accredited pre-professional programs. We pride ourselves on graduating students who are broadly educated and prepared to make a fulfilling career.

Shepherd University is located in the Eastern Panhandle of the state in close proximity to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. We offer a small university in a delightful and historic small town with easy access to the resources of major metropolitan areas.

The University offers baccalaureate degrees in a wide range of fields, encompassing the arts, humanities, and the social and natural sciences; business administration; teacher education; nursing; social work; and recreation and sport. We also offer select graduate programs in education, business, and college student development.

We have a strong commitment to civic engagement and experiential learning through internships and co-ops and senior capstone projects, which provide practical experiences as you transition into your career. Shepherd University’s five core values of learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility, and community shape our student’s educational experience and prepare our students to be contributing citizens globally, in their communities, and in their professions.

Shepherd is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). COPLAC’s mission is to identify and support high quality public liberal arts and sciences institutions. This is an honor reserved for one institution per state and represents our University’s focus on traditional liberal arts disciplines; opportunities for student and faculty interaction; a critical mass of students in a residential environment; student participation in co-curricular activities such as band, campus newspaper and radio, theater, and debate; and a clear commitment to cultural diversity. We are committed to an educational approach that unites liberal arts values with genuine professional and career preparation.

I hope you will spend some time visiting us through the website but will also make an appointment to visit our campus. You will find Shepherdstown a very charming community with a thriving arts scene and a vibrant and historic main street, German Street. I look forward to seeing you on campus!

Dr. Christopher Ames
Provost