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International Students

The University welcomes students from around the world for exchange and degree study. Students who have completed secondary education (high school) are eligible to apply as freshmen.  Those who have completed post-secondary education (college or university) may apply as transfer students.  International students are encouraged to apply by:
           August 1st for Fall
           May 1st for Summer
           December 1st for Spring

Undergraduate applicants, please follow the instructions below. Graduate applicants, please use the Graduate Studies Application.

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Undergraduate Application Process

  1. Complete the online international application.
  2. Submit your academic record(s).
    • Freshman applicants should submit their secondary (high school) transcript. Students who have completed college/university coursework should submit all post-secondary transcripts.
    • For coursework completed outside of the United States, applicants must order an official course-by-course evaluation from any current member of NACES.  Evaluations must include a statement of U.S. high school or degree equivalency.
    • Course descriptions may be required for the award of specific credit.
  3. Submit one of the following in order to satisfy the English proficiency requirement:
Exam/Program SAT ACT TOEFL IELTS EIKEN A.C.E. Language Institute’s Intensive English Language Program
Minimum Requirement 990 Combined Score and 490 Reading 19 Composite Score and 19 English and Reading 79 iBT, 550 PBT, or 213 CBT 6.5 Grade Pre-1 Successful Completion

The Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status)

Students planning to study under an F-1 student visa status will need an I-20 issued by Shepherd.  To be eligible for an I-20, you must be accepted to the University and all of the following must be submitted:

1.  Proof of financial support to cover the tuition and living expenses for one academic year (9 months).  We estimate this amount to be $32,312 USD.  You must provide an Affidavit of Financial Support in addition to:

2.  A copy of your passport information page.

3. If you are currently living in the United States, a copy of your U.S. immigration status (visa, approval notices, form I-94, etc.).

All additional documents should be sent to:

Mailing Address Shepherd University
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV


As a public university, Shepherd requires non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents of West Virginia to pay out-of-state tuition and fees.  The amount listed does not include any scholarships and actual costs may vary.

2021-2022 Estimated Undergraduate Cost-of-Attendance for International Students
Tuition                                                             $18,224
Books and Supplies                                       $1,000
Room and Board                                            $11,568
Medical Insurance                                         $750
Personal                                                           $1,250
Total                                                                 $32,792 USD


International students have the opportunity to receive various scholarships, including merit-based, honors/scholars, athletic, departmental, and organizational awards.

Merit scholarships are automatically awarded to new freshmen who have a 3.0 GPA and the equivalent of an 1100 SAT or 22 ACT.  Transfer students may be eligible for one of our Dual Admissions/TOPS tuition discount programs.

Health Insurance

All international students are required to have medical health insurance coverage.

For more information, please contact our International Admissions Officer – Siriki Diabate at