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First Time Freshmen

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.

Admissions Requirements

The Office of Admissions carefully evaluates each student’s application and completed a holistic review of the student, including academic performance and personal character and achievements. When evaluating high school coursework, we look for students to have the following courses completed:

4 English
4 Math
2 Foreign Language or American Sign Language
3 Science
3 Social Science
1 Art/Technology

Application Process

1. Complete the application for admission.

2. Submit the $45 application fee or an approved application fee waiver.

3. 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

Home Schooled students who do not have a high school transcript must submit GED/TASC results or a detailed portfolio describing the breadth of coursework use to provide a high school education. This should include textbooks and course materials used, reading lists, community service projects, athletic and artistic endeavors.

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

5. It is recommended that you submit a personal statement with your application. Personal statements can be typed into the online application, mailed, or emailed to For a list of writing prompts, click here.

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