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International Students

Welcome!  We are very excited that you are considering applying to Shepherd University.  The University welcomes students from around the world for degree study and for study while on exchange from a home university.  Students who have completed secondary school education (high school) in good standing are eligible to apply for admission.  Similarly, students who have attended post-secondary education (college or university) are eligible to apply for admission.  Shepherd offers rolling admissions but international students are encouraged to apply early to ensure plenty of time to plan your arrival.

Application Process

1. Complete the online application.

2. Submit your academic records:

a). For education completed outside of the United States, send us an official course-by-course academic credential evaluation of your secondary (high school)  and all post-secondary (college or university) studies from one of the approved services.

b).  For education completed inside the United States, send us official transcripts from secondary (high school) and each post-secondary schools (college or university) previously attended.

3.  Submit one of the following in order to satisfy the English proficiency requirement:

*Note: The English proficiency requirement may be waived if:
A.) The applicant is a national of one of Shepherd University’s approved English speaking nations:  Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom OR
B.) The applicant has studied full-time for at least one academic year with English as the language of instruction within the past three years

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 current 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


2019-2020 Estimated Cost-of-Attendance for an Undergraduate Degree-Seeking International Student (*actual costs may vary slightly)

As a public university, Shepherd University requires non-residents of West Virginia to pay out-of-state tuition and fees. Limited financial aid is available.

Tuition                                                             $18,224

Books and Supplies                                       $1,000

Room and Board                                            $11,088

Medical Insurance                                         $750

Personal                                                           $1,250

Total                                                                 $32,312 USD


International students have the opportunity to receive many types of 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.