Recognized for excellence in student-focused higher education by the Colleges of Distinction, Shepherd University is a public liberal arts university located on the border between West Virginia and Maryland, within 90 minutes of Washington D.C.

Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1871.

  • Total enrollment: 2,600 (Fall 2020)

  • International enrollment: About 70 from over 30 countries.

  • Top degree programs enrolling international students: Business and related (BBA and MBA)• Computer and Information Sciences • Computer Engineering • Global Studies • Graphic Design • Communication and New Media • Mathematics • Data Analytics • Nursing • Environmental Studies • Pre-Professional Studies (Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dentistry and Pre-Law)


Founded in 1871, Shepherd University is a fully accredited, public liberal arts university located within 90 minutes from Washington, D.C. and three international airports. Named the only West Virginia public school on the College of Distinction list, Shepherd provides students an excellent education with smaller class sizes and the opportunity for a more personalized education. Campus and local community life are safe and vibrant, and the region is historically and culturally rich with year-round recreation and sport. Shepherd has an Intensive English Language Program for nonnative English speakers and offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs. Most programs include internship opportunities. Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available to international students.

Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available to international students.

How is Shepherd Different?

  • Small class sizes that offer more personalized education

  • Senior year capstone project tailored to degree program and interests (clinical, research, art portfolio, or theatre and music performance)

  • Very safe campus and local community providing a “real American” experience

  • Opportunities for collaborative learning, service learning, study abroad, and internships

  • Post-degree employment opportunities throughout great Washington DC region

  • On-campus housing and variable meal plans available

  • More than 100 student clubs and organizations

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2020-21 Academic Year (Two Semesters)

  • Undergraduate tuition:  $18,224

  • Graduate tuition:  $12,402

  • Room and Board: $10,742

International Financial Aid

Merit-based academic scholarships and waivers for undergraduate international students are available through Admissions, with additional opportunities through the Honors Program. Athletic scholarships are also available through the Athletic Department.  Variable tuition waivers and assistantships are available to international graduate students.

International Admissions Requirements

  • Suitable academic credentials and English language proficiency equivalent to 79 TOEFL (internet based) or 6.5 IELTS.  Lesser proficiency will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with possible admission to the Intensive English Language Program.

  • Visit the Shepherd University website at for detailed information about the admission process and link to the international application.

Accreditation and Academic Rankings

Fully accredited by Higher Learning Commission with additional program-specific accreditations.

English Language Program

Shepherd University offers an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) course of study to qualifying students who need advanced English Language skills. Students must meet complete the university-based oral and written English proficiency examination.

Housing and Meals

Shepherd has a variety of on-campus housing, to include 12-month units, and meal plan options that are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. International students are fully integrated into the campus community and student life.


Phone: (304) 876-5000  |  Located: 301 N King St., Shepherdstown, WV 25443  |  E-Mail:

International Admissions Contact

Siriki Diabate, International Recruiter

Phone.: +1(304)876-5805


Address: Office of International Affairs, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443



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