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Shepherd offers a wide range of degree programs in the arts, humanities, social, natural and behavioral sciences, as well as nationally accredited programs in art, business, chemistry, education, music, nursing, nutrition, social work,  and recreational studies.  We offer graduate degrees in variety of areas.  We also have new fully online degree offerings for M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction, M.S. Data Analytics and Information Systems, M.B.A., and R.N.-B.S.N. students.

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 and new opportunities for students and faculty through Strategic Research Initiatives and more!  We have new services like 24/7 access to tutoring with and are keeping an eye on cost, with discounts for digital course materials through Follett Access and the Shepherd University Bookstore.

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.

Who We Are

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.

Academic Affairs Vision 
The academic enterprise at Shepherd University will be innovative, dynamic, responsive, and committed to a high-quality education experience, coupled with a responsibility to promoting scholarship and service through an engaged community of students, faculty, and staff. 

Academic Affairs Mission 
Embracing the core values of the University, Academic Affairs administers and coordinates educational opportunities for our students through an array of undergraduate and select graduate degree programs, as well as ongoing training through certificate and continuing education programs.  Shepherd University’s academic offerings provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage and understand their responsibilities as leaders, innovators, and model citizens in a rapidly changing world.   

We value and understand the essential components of inclusion, diversity, and academic excellence as we seek to respond, engage with and improve our local, regional, national, and global communities. 

Our Commitment

Our updated Civility Code restates our commitment to “treating everyone with fairness, kindness, and civility by upholding meaningful values that are linked to academic inquiry and knowledge.”  We value the contribution of all members of our community.  

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.  

As we turn our attention to the future, one of greater equity and inclusion, we realize the power of transformative education for that successful future vision, not only for Shepherd and our students, but also for the greater good we all serve. We look forward to seeing you on campus, around town, or stop by Academic Affairs in Ikenberry Hall for a visit! We are here for YOU!