Shepherd University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,288
8.6% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$9,827
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.98%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
95.9%
1,690 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
3,235
71.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
47.8%
267 Graduates

About

Shepherd University is a higher education institution located in Jefferson County, WV. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Shepherd University were General Business Administration & Management (75 degrees awarded), General Studies (71 degrees), and Registered Nursing (62 degrees).

In 2022, 654 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Shepherd University. 58.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (495 degrees), 12.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (41 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Shepherd University is $6,288, which is $−22,042 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Shepherd University is $6,288, which is $−22,042 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,827.

In 2022, 70% of undergraduate students attending Shepherd University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 46% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$6,288
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Shepherd University was $6,288. The cost of tuition at Shepherd University is $−22,042 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$9,827
2022 Value
5.14%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Shepherd University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,827. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Shepherd University grew by 5.14%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,981
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Shepherd University was of $11,981 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 11.5% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

70%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
46%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

70% of undergraduate students at Shepherd University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 2.94% with respect to 2021, when 68% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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3.98%
2019 Default Rate
34
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Shepherd University was 3.98%, which represents 34 out of the 855 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Shepherd University received 1,690 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 26.3% annual growth. Out of those 1,690 applicants, 1,620 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 95.9% acceptance rate.

There were 3,235 students enrolled at Shepherd University in 2022. 55% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Shepherd University has an overall enrollment yield of 34.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

95.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
1,620
Accepted Out of 1,690

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Shepherd University was 95.9% (1,620 admissions from 1,690 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 96.4%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 26.3%, while admissions grew by 25.6%..

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SAT Scores

55%
Submission Percentage (2022)
306
Scores Submitted (2022)

55% of enrolled first-time students at Shepherd University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Shepherd University had a total enrollment of 3,235 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Shepherd University is 2,315 students and the part-time enrollment is 920. This means that 71.6% of students enrolled at Shepherd University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Shepherd University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.3% White, 7.7% Black or African American, 7.26% Hispanic or Latino, 5.29% Two or More Races, 2.32% Asian, 0.278% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0927% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Shepherd University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.8%), followed by White Male (25.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.78%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (49.1%), followed by White Male (20.9%) and Black or African American Female (8.64%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

71.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Shepherd University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,235 students. The full-time enrollment at Shepherd University is 2,315 and the part-time enrollment is 920. This means that 71.6% of students enrolled at Shepherd University are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Shepherd University was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Shepherd University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,370 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    249 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    235 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Shepherd University is 73.3% White, 7.7% Black or African American, 7.26% Hispanic or Latino, 5.29% Two or More Races, 2.32% Asian, 0.278% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0927% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 75 students (2.32%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 110 more women than men received degrees from Shepherd University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Shepherd University is white (495 degrees awarded). There were 12.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (41 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Shepherd University is General Business Administration & Management (75 degrees awarded), followed by General Studies (71 degrees) and Registered Nursing (62 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Shepherd University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (36 degrees awarded), History (15 degrees), and English (15 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Shepherd University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,754,845 people), Secondary school teachers (593,242 people), Education administrators (325,700 people), Other managers (265,219 people), and Postsecondary teachers (248,757 people).

The most specialized majors at Shepherd University in 2022 are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (36 degrees awarded), History (15 degrees), English (15 degrees), Education (84 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (35 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Shepherd University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Shepherd University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (36 degrees awarded), History (15 degrees), English (15 degrees), Education (84 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (35 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Shepherd University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,175,782 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (536,347 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (250,887 people), Computer Systems Design (203,741 people), and Legal services (180,706 people).

The most specialized majors at Shepherd University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (36 degrees awarded), History (15 degrees), English (15 degrees), Education (84 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (35 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Shepherd University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 75 degrees awarded
  2. 71 degrees awarded
  3. 62 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Shepherd University was General Business Administration & Management with 75 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

272
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
382
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 272 degrees were awarded to men at Shepherd University, which is 0.712 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (382).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 57 degrees were awarded to men at Shepherd University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.54 times more than the 37 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 56 degrees were awarded to men at Shepherd University in Registered Nursing, which is 9.33 times more than the 6 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

32%
100% Completion Time
46%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 32% of students graduating from Shepherd University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 46% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 46% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Female
Highest Graduation Rate (72.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Shepherd University is Female and Hispanic or Latino (72.2% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.87% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    495 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    41 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    41 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Shepherd University is white (495 degrees awarded). There were 12.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (41 degrees).

2.75% of degree recipients (18 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    305 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    190 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    31 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Shepherd University is white female (305 degrees awarded). There were 1.61 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (190 degrees).

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Operations

Shepherd University has an endowment valued at nearly $27.3M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 15.8k (0.0578%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Shepherd University had a total salary expenditure of 55.6M. Shepherd University employs 45 Associate professors, 35 Professors and 32 Assistant professors. Most academics at Shepherd University are Male Associate professor (24), Female Associate professor (21), and Female Professor (18).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Shepherd University are: Management, with 48 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 48 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 36 employees.

Endowment

$27.3M
2022 Endowment
10.5%
decline from 2021

Shepherd University has an endowment valued at about $27.3M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Shepherd University declined 10.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $22M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$25M
2022 Salaries
1.71%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Shepherd University paid a median of $25M in salaries, which represents 44.9% of their overall expenditure ($55.6M) and a 1.71% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.59M
Instructional Salaries
129
Number of Employees

In 2022, Shepherd University paid a total of $8.59M to 129 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
45 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
48 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Shepherd University were Associate professor with 45 employees, Professor with 35 employees, and Assistant professor with 32 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Shepherd University were Management with 48 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 48 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 36 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Shepherd University was Male Associate professor with 24 employees, Female Associate professor with 21 employees, and Female Professor with 18 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Shepherd University.

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