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Shepherd University

Shepherd University

Shepherd University


About Shepherd

Established in 1871, Shepherd University is a public liberal arts college offering a wide spectrum of academic programs to the residents of West Virginia and the surrounding region. Set on a 323-acre campus perched high above the Potomac River, Shepherd is known for our small class sizes and tight-knit community – a.k.a., the “Ram Fam.” Our liberal arts approach to education will prepare you to be a 21st-century leader in your chosen career.

Choose from our 80+ majors, then mix and match concentrations to fully customize your education. Not sure what you want to major in? Our Exploratory major will let you try on different programs for size.

We also offer graduate programs, Continuing Education, and Lifelong Learning programs for students of all ages.

Located only 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, the University offers a wide variety of internship and job opportunities in local, national, and international industries. Shepherd’s safe and convenient location opens a world of vibrant cultural and educational possibilities to students.

The University fields 15 NCAA Division II athletic teams and offers more than 100 clubs and organizations, many with a strong emphasis on student community service. Shepherd University is a military-friendly campus and proud partner in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program.

Along with many career, study abroad, and honors opportunities, Shepherd is also home to the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, the Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities, the Center for Regional Innovation, Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications, and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education.

Mission and Vision Statement

Mission Statement

Shepherd University, a West Virginia public liberal arts university, is a diverse community of learners and a gateway to the world of opportunities and ideas. We are the regional center for academic, cultural, and economic opportunity. Our mission of service succeeds because we are dedicated to our core values: learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility, and community.

Vision Statement

Shepherd: A Premier Public Liberal Arts University

We will be a nationally respected community of learners where passion, purpose, and experience unite to inspire individuals to shape the world.

Core Values

Committed to excellence, Shepherd University embraces the following five core values:


Shepherd University creates a community of learners who integrate teaching, scholarship, and learning into their lives. In order to create challenging, relevant experiences, inside and outside of the classroom, the university continually evaluates and assesses student learning. We recognize and accommodate diverse learning styles and perspectives necessary for global understanding.


Shepherd University fosters environments in which students, faculty, staff, and members of the community engage with each other to form mutually beneficial relationships. We believe that meaningful engagement, with ideas and with people, promotes deep learning and nurtures critical thought.


Shepherd University strives for an environment of honesty and fairness in its actions. University officials seek input from students, faculty, and staff and make informed and objective decisions. We expect all members of the community to act in accordance with this value.


Shepherd University provides services to all qualified students. Our staff and faculty are available to students and are committed to respecting and meeting individual needs. University governance and budgeting structures reflect our commitment to transparent processes and public access to information.


Shepherd University comprises a community that includes students, faculty, staff, alumni, and involved citizens. We meet the needs of this community through assessment, development, and implementation of innovative programs and initiatives. We strive to create a safe environment based on mutual respect and acceptance of differences.

Campus Features


    To learn more about the international admission process visits:


    • Shepherdstown

      North King Street,301, 25443, Shepherdstown