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Shepherd University welcomes transfer students each fall, spring, and summer semester. We recommend applying one semester before you plan to start at Shepherd.  Need help with the transfer process? Call us at 304.876.5212, text us at 681.252.5151, email us at

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 1, 2024

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2+ 2 Agreements  |  Transfer ScholarshipsHonors Opportunities  |  Regents Bachelor of Arts (for adult students)

Transfer Admission Requirements

Application Process

1. Choose your program of study. Students transferring with more than 30 credits must declare a major.

2. Submit your application online and pay the $45 application fee.

3. Submit all official* college transcripts from each institution previously attended. Submit your high school transcript/diploma equivalency and any available ACT/SAT scores if you’ve completed less than 24 college credits. Application materials can be sent to:

Mailing Address Shepherd University
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000
Fax 304-876-5165

*Please note: Official transcripts must be sent in their original sealed and signature-stamped envelope or electronically sent from the issuing institution directly to Shepherd University.  Printed transcripts that have been opened or scanned and electronic transcripts that are forwarded are considered unofficial.

4. It is recommended that you submit a personal statement with your application which can be typed into the online application, mailed, or emailed to For a list of writing prompts, click here.

Transferring College Credit

Shepherd University will transfer all college-level credits from regionally accredited schools; however, a maximum of 72 credits from community colleges and 90 credits from four-year institutions can be applied towards a degree.  At least 30 credit hours must be completed at Shepherd to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Several weeks post-admission, transfer students who have submitted all official transcripts will receive an official degree evaluation showing how their credits transferred and are applied to their major. Students transferring from a partner community college can look up course equivalents using our transfer equivalency tool (TES) below.


Holders of a Baccalaureate, Associate of Arts, or Associate of Science degree from Shepherd University or any other regionally accredited institution will not need to be re-evaluated for meeting the Core Curriculum (except where the academic program requires specific Core Curriculum coursework). Holders of the AAS or RBA degree (or similar programs) will continue to be evaluated for Core Curriculum requirements.

Transfer Scholarships

In addition to Shepherd’s affordability, transfer students can benefit from a number of scholarship opportunities that include both merit-based and financial-need awards.  Click the links below to view more details!


Honors Opportunities

Transfer students who desire a challenging and stimulating honors education are invited to apply for our competitive Scholars Program which offers special honors housing, individualized honors advising, social events, unique scholarship opportunities, and much more!  Shepherd University also proudly recognizes the academic achievements of our high-performing transfer students by inviting them to join the prestigious Tau Sigma National Honor Society.


Regents Bachelor of Arts (for adults)

Do you have college credits, military or work experience, but no degree to show for it? Our Regents Bachelor of Arts degree is for you! Our counselors will help you create a plan to earn your degree. We offer the opportunity to take evening classes, online or in-person in Shepherdstown. Click here to learn more.