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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.

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Fall 2022 Application Deadlines

Early Action: November 15th, 2021
General Admission: August 1st, 2022

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 completion of the following number of units/years:

Application Process

1. Complete the Shepherd University application  or apply through the Common App. 

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

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

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

Please note that official transcripts are sent in a sealed, signature-stamped envelope, or electronically sent from the issuing institution directly to Shepherd University. Print transcripts that are opened by the student or electronic transcripts that are forwarded are considered unofficial.

Home Schooled students who do not have a transcript should submit GED/TASC results.

4. Students who enrolled in Dual Enrollment courses while in high school must submit official transcripts from the college that granted the credit. College transcripts are not required at the time of application for an admissions decision, but must submitted prior to the beginning of the student’s first semester at Shepherd.

5. Send your SAT or ACT scores. (SAT code: 5615, ACT code: 4532). While Shepherd University is test optional, we encourage students to sent any SAT/ACT scores as they help determine placement for Math, English and Economics courses.

6. 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.