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Transfer Students

The transfer process can be confusing, but at Shepherd University we are here to help you get the answers you need to make a smooth transition.

You are considered a transfer student if you have completed any work at an accredited college after graduating from high school. To be eligible to enroll, you must have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average along with 24 transferable earned credit hours. Student with less than 24 college level credits must also meet freshman admission standards.

Transfer Application Requirements

To apply to Shepherd University as a transfer student, you will need to:

  1. Complete the application for admission Click Here
  2. Have all college and universities that you have attended send official transcripts. If you have fewer than 24 earned college credits, an official high school transcript and ACT and/or SAT scores are required. Transcripts can be sent electronically to or mailed to:
    Shepherd University
    Office of Admissions
    P.O. Box 5000
    Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000
  3. Complete the Student Personnel Record form (only if you have been suspended or expelled for academic or disciplinary reasons).

Transferring credit

Students enrolling at Shepherd University with college credits earned elsewhere will have their transcripts evaluated for transfer credit. All courses from accredited institutions will be reviewed for transfer credit.  All courses and grades from other institutions determined as transferable by academic departments or established articulations will appear on the student’s Shepherd transcript.  Students a degree evaluation showing how their transferred credits apply toward their chosen Shepherd major.

For a list of community college articulation agreements, click here.

All grades and credits transferred to Shepherd University are posted on the student’s permanent record exactly as received from all other colleges and/or universities with the following provisions: 1) plus and minus signs will be ignored, 2) D and F grades can be replaced only if earned within the first 60 hours attempted, and 3) for admission purposes, all grades on the student’s transcript(s) will be used in computing the grade point average.

Students who transfer from a regionally accredited junior or community college are allowed a maximum of 72 semester hours toward the 120 credit hour minimum for graduation from Shepherd University. In compliance with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, students who have completed more than 72 hours of coursework may select the courses they wish to have evaluated as part of their semester hours of credit counted toward graduation. The total number of credit hours earned will be calculated in the student’s overall grade point average. Credits from universities that do not have regional accreditation are assigned on the basis used by the state university in the state where the non-accredited university is located.

Dual Admissions/T.O.P.S. Programs

Shepherd University shares articulation agreements and transfer programs that offer tuition discounts with the following institutions. To learn more about each individual program, click on the institution below.

Frederick Community College

Hagerstown Community College

Lord Fairfax Community College

Northern Virginia Community College

Montgomery College

Education Transfer Programs

Blue Ridge Community & technical College Collaborative Education Program

Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College Elementary Education 2+2

2+2 Community College Transfer Agreements

 2+2 programs allow students to complete their associate’s degree and then automatically transfer their credits into the appropriate program at Shepherd University and complete a bachelor’s degree in only two additional years. Check out Shepherd’s list of available agreements.

Non-Traditional Programs at the Martinsburg Center

Shepherd University Martinsburg Center is conveniently located off Edwin Miller Boulevard in Martinsburg, WV. The Center offers several programs aimed at providing education opportunities for non-traditional students. The Center offers night and weekend classes, some of which are compressed into shorter time frames. The available Martinsburg Center programs include:

Regents Bachelor’s of Arts Degree

The R.B.A. degree at Shepherd University is designed for non-traditional students who are seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree. The program is perfect for adults who have completed some college classes, because credits you’ve earned in the past can often count toward your degree–even if you’ve been out of school for a long time. You may even be able to count some of the knowledge you’ve gained from work and life experiences toward college credit. There’s never been a better time to go back to school, but you’ve got to take the first step.

For more information on the R.B.A. program, click here. 

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Registered Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (R.N.-to-B.S.N.) Track is designed to expand the registered nurse’s education and be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. This program provides flexibility with a wide continuum of education and experience, based upon advisement and development of an individual growth plan. Previous education and experience is evaluated through the use of a professional portfolio. The expected competencies of R.N. to B.S.N. graduates are the same as those of graduates for the generic baccalaureate program.

To learn more about program requirements, click here. 

Masters of Business Administration

The Shepherd University Masters of Business Administration is designed to meet the needs or both working professionals desiring to gain the skills needed for advancement and recent college graduates preparing for a career. The program offers:

For more information on the M.B.A. program, click here.