RAIL is where you’ll register for classes, view your transcript, manage your financial aid, pay your bill, and more. Paying your enrollment deposit confirms your spot at Shepherd and will create your student email, allow you to apply for housing, and make you eligible for Orientation.
All eligible students should be sure to file the FAFSA by March 1st for priority consideration and list Shepherd’s school code: 003822. Need help? Book an appointment with one of our financial aid counselors!
Freshmen: take charge of your education by starting college early! You’ll be able to take up to 7 credits, receive individualized advising, bond with other students through special activities, live on-campus, and more.
Connect with us!
About 24 hours after you’ve paid your enrollment deposit, you can activate your student email/network account which will give you access to the housing application, campus computers, RamPulse, and more.
After you’ve set up your student email, you can apply for on-campus housing and a meal plan through the Good Living Portal.
Students who have taken care of their enrollment deposit will receive information about Orientation beginning in May. During Orientation, you’ll meet with your advisor to choose and register for your classes.
Official ACT/SAT scores are used to determine math + English placement. If you earned a passing AP/IB exam score, you can receive college credit. Be sure to send these items as soon as possible so we can make sure your record is accurate when you meet with your advisor.
You can take the Accuplacer for math + English placement if you: a) don’t have ACT/SAT scores, b) have not yet taken college math + English, or c) believe your ACT/SAT scores don’t reflect your ability in these subjects.
Your Rambler is your official student ID card and gives you access to the Wellness Center, the library’s 24-hr room, your residence hall + meal plan, and more.
Finalize your financial aid and pay your bill
The Shepherd bookstore makes it easy to look up and purchase your required course materials.
Send all final official transcripts
Freshmen should send their final high school transcript after graduation. If you had college courses in progress, we’ll need an official transcript with final grades and/or degrees posted in order to update your record.
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Get involved! Join a club or organization and view upcoming campus events.