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We are so glad you are taking time to learn about the wealth of academic, entrepreneurial and co-curricular  opportunities at Shepherd University. As West Virginia’s public, liberal arts university, we offer a wide range of degree programs in the arts, humanities, social, natural and behavioral sciences, as well as nationally accredited pre-professional programs in art, business, education, music, nursing, social work and recreational studies.  We also offer graduate programs in education, business, nursing, college student development and administration, and soon, data analytics and information systems.

We pride ourselves on graduating students who are broadly educated and prepared to meet the challenges of today’s 21st-century global economy.  We have an expanding population of international students with resources like Global Shepherd, and new initiatives like the Center for Regional Innovation.

Shepherd University is located in the Eastern Panhandle of the state in close proximity to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.  In Shepherdstown, we offer the intimate setting of a liberal arts university in West Virginia’s oldest town, with many cultural offerings, unique merchants, all with easy access to the resources of major metropolitan areas.

Shepherd University’s mission as a public liberal arts university embraces a diverse community of learners, with Shepherd as a gateway to the world of opportunities and ideas.  Our core values of learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility and community shape our students’ educational experience and prepare our students to be contributing citizens globally, in their communities and professions.


Shepherd is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). COPLAC’s mission is to identify and support high quality public liberal arts and sciences institutions. This is an honor reserved for one institution per state and represents our University’s focus on traditional liberal arts disciplines; opportunities for student and faculty interaction; a critical mass of students in a residential environment; student participation in co-curricular activities, as well as a clear commitment to cultural diversity.

Our Commitment

At Shepherd, we seek to distinguish ourselves through innovative education and memorable student experiences.  We are committed to enhancing the academic brand of the university through supporting, recognizing, and celebrating the scholarship and creative endeavors of students, faculty and staff both inside and outside the classroom. We have a strong commitment to civic engagement and experiential learning through internships and co-ops.  These important opportunities provide practical experience as students transition from courses into careers.

We hope this virtual visit will encourage you to come see us in person!  Contact admissions to make an appointment to visit our campus.  For those already a part of the Shepherd community, please visit these pages often for the latest information in Academic Affairs, like the faculty resources page, or all of the teaching tools and information from the Center for Teaching and Learning.  

I look forward to seeing you on campus, on German Street, or stop by Academic Affairs in Ikenberry Hall for a visit!

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Dr. Scott Beard, Provost • 304-876-5176