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Contact the Office of Admissions if you need help with any of these steps!
Call: 304-876-5212 | Text: 304-716-4075 | Email:

After Admission  After Deposit  |  Before Orientation  |  After Orientation

After Admission

  Activate your RAIL account and pay your enrollment deposit

RAIL is where you’ll register for classes, view your transcript, manage your financial aid, and pay your bill.  Submitting your enrollment deposit confirms your spot at Shepherd and grants you access to your student email, the housing application, course registration, and more!

  Sign up for an Accepted Student Day event and/or a campus visit

 File your FAFSA

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?  Call Financial Aid at 304-876-5470.

  Apply for scholarships

  Apply for Summer Start

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!


After Submitting Your Enrollment Deposit

  Set up your Shepherd email/network account

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.

  Apply for housing and a meal plan

After you’ve set up your student email, you can apply for on-campus housing and a meal plan through the Good Living Portal.

  Review and accept your scholarships and financial aid

  Sign up for Orientation: Advisement & Registration

Students who have taken care of their enrollment deposit are eligible to sign up for the Advisement & Registration portion of Orientation.  During this program, you’ll meet with your advisor to choose and register for your classes.

Transfer Students:  Before you schedule an appointment, please make sure you’ve received an email from Admissions notifying you that your official Shepherd transcript and degree evaluation are available.  These items will help ensure you receive the most accurate advising possible.

Before Orientation

  Send official ACT, SAT, AP, IB scores and final college transcripts

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.  If you had college courses in progress, we’ll need an official college transcript with final grades and/or degrees posted in order to update your account.  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.

  Schedule an Accuplacer test

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.

  Upload your Rambler photo

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.

After Orientation

  Provide immunization records

  Finalize your financial aid and pay your bill

Make sure you’re on track with the Financial Aid Checklist, tuition deadlines, and payment plans.  You can pay your bill through RAIL, by check, or by calling the Business Office at (304) 876-5284.

  Get your textbooks

The Shepherd bookstore makes it easy to look up and purchase your required course materials.

  Purchase a parking pass

  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.

  Sign up for Rave alerts

Sign up for text alerts regarding delays, closures, and emergency notifications.

  Connect with support services and student resources

  Explore RamPulse

Get involved! Join a club or organization and view upcoming campus events.

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