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: 4,000

  • International enrollment: 20, representing 19 countries.

  • Top degree programs enrolling international students: Business and related • 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. Of particular note are those in accounting, art, business administration, communication and new media, computer and information science, economics and finance, computer engineering, environmental studies, global studies, mathematics, and data analytics. Pre-professional studies are also offered for medicine, veterinary, dentistry, and law.

Most programs include internship opportunities.

Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available to international students.

How is Shepherd Different?

  • Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) with additional accreditation in professional programs, such as art, business, education, music, nursing, parks and recreation, and social work

  • Small class sizes that offer more personalized education

  • A flexible core curriculum students can tailor to their interests

  • Very safe campus and local community providing a “real American” experience, yet close to metropolitan Washington, D.C., and three international airports

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

  • Tuition under $20,000

  • On-campus housing and variable meal plans available

  • More than 100 student clubs and organizations

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2016-17 Academic Year (Two Semesters)

  • Undergraduate tuition:  $17,458

  • Graduate tuition:  $11,196

  • Room and Board: $11,088

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 admitted into 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 as a Second Language (ESL) course to qualifying students who need advanced English Language skills. Students must meet the requirement of a TOEFL score of 490 or IELTS score of 60 or equivalent.

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

Konrad Turnbull, Admissions Counselor

Inside the U.S.: +1(304)876-5718

Outside the U.S.: +1(304)433-7343

WhatsApp & Viber: (304) 433 4533


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



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