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Winchester, VA 22601
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Shenandoah University was founded at Dayton, Virginia, in 1875. Although the institution was established to provide “classical” and music studies, by 1888 an unusual blend of educational opportunities had been formulated that included arts, sciences, music, medical arts, and business management. These programs, on a much more sophisticated basis, are found at Shenandoah today. In 1960, Shenandoah moved to a 62-acre campus in Winchester, Virginia. The main campus is now more than 100 acres with nineteen buildings, including six residence halls. Of these six facilities for boarding students, one is for women and five are coeducational. There are five additional buildings at off-campus locations. Shenandoah's historical relationship with the United Methodist Church does not place sectarian obligations on any student.
Fifty-one percent of the 3,000 students are from Virginia; the remaining 49 percent represent forty-five states and forty-one countries.
Graduate study is also available at Shenandoah. Programs are offered in athletic training, business administration, dance, education, music, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies.
Shenandoah University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone: 404-679-4501) to award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Shenandoah holds membership in a number of professional organizations.
Location and Community
The Shenandoah campus, adjacent to Interstate 81, is located 72 miles west of Washington, D.C., in the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The University is located on the southeast edge of the city of Winchester, Virginia. Winchester/Frederick County, rich in history, is a vigorous community of approximately 70,000 people. The region has a moderate, healthful climate; cultural groups; park and recreation areas; resorts; fishing; hunting; winter sports; modern retail centers; and major medical facilities.
Shenandoah's academic calendar is divided into fall and spring semesters. Summer terms, ranging in length from two to eleven weeks, are also available. Each academic division (arts and sciences, business, conservatory, and health professions) offers diversified programs, with specific courses required by the various accreditation agencies. Credit is available through the tests of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), Advanced Placement (AP) Program, and International Baccalaureate and through various departmental challenge examinations.
Clinical practice, internships, and student-teaching opportunities are arranged with local businesses, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental-health-care centers, and elementary, middle, and secondary schools in the Winchester area. Students are given the opportunity to enrich their educational experience through travel and study-abroad programs.
Shenandoah has 177 full-time faculty members and 152 part-time faculty members; 177 faculty members (136 full-time and 41 part-time) hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree. The faculty-student ratio is approximately 1:8. The size of the student body encourages excellent communication and rapport among students and faculty members. Members of the faculty advise students and plan activities that concern the student body as a whole. Shenandoah faculty members have a strong commitment to teaching and counseling students.
Shenandoah University offers seven undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Business Administration, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, the Bachelor of Music Therapy, the Bachelor of Science, the Associate in Science, and several certificate programs. Programs of study available include administration of justice, American studies, arts management (dance, music, and theater), arts studies, athletic training, biology, business education, business administration (accounting, banking and finance, information systems and computer technology, international business, management, and marketing), business studies, chemistry, Christian leadership, church music, commercial music, composition, dance, dance education, educational psychology, elementary education, English, environmental studies, health-care management, history, information systems and computer technology, jazz studies, kinesiology (exercise science, physical education and health, and sports administration), mass communications, mathematics, middle school education, music education, music theater, music theater accompanying, music therapy, music with elective studies, nursing (LPN to B.S.N. and RN to B.S.N.), pedagogy (guitar or piano), performance (opera and pedagogy), piano accompanying, professional studies/teacher education, psychology, public administration/political science, purchasing management, religion, respiratory care (both two- and four-year degree programs), secondary education, sociology, Spanish, Spanish interpreting, teaching English to speakers of other languages, theater (acting, costume design, directing, and scenic and lighting design), theater for youth, and university studies. Selected programs of study may result in double majors for students who wish to concentrate on more than one area of study. Preprofessional programs of study are available in athletic training, dental, law, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and veterinary.
Shenandoah's students have the distinct advantage of being on a small campus near large metropolitan cultural centers. Such student organizations as academic fraternities, service and honor organizations, and various departmental clubs provide opportunities for leadership and recreation. Students come to Shenandoah because they want an educational experience of superior quality and believe that the facilities of a small campus, with a personal atmosphere, are the most conducive to achieving this experience.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is the main student organization on campus. In addition to promoting activities of varied interest, the SGA provides a means of communication and understanding among students, faculty members, and administrators. Students are encouraged to participate in the governing of Shenandoah and are represented on all faculty and administrative committees.
Facilities and Resources
The Alson H. Smith, Jr. Library contains approximately 123,000 volumes, 134,169 microforms, 17,823 records and CDs, and 16,200 music scores and subscribes to 1,150 periodicals. The media center contains visual and audio materials and equipment and preview and listening rooms. The Gregory Building contains laboratories for biology, chemistry, environmental studies, modern languages, and physics; a digital radio station; and multimedia classrooms. A digital television station is on campus. Henkel Hall contains a 200-seat lecture hall, a student computer laboratory, and a teaching computer laboratory for business and arts and sciences students. The Health Professions Building contains a health professions library, computer laboratories, multimedia classrooms, research laboratories, and interactive video and computer laboratories that simulate clinical practice realities for nursing, pharmacy, and respiratory care students. Physician assistant program facilities include laboratories and multimedia classrooms. The Cork Street Center contains multimedia classrooms, computer laboratories, the Center for Clinical Research, and the Clinical Skills Laboratory for occupational therapy and physical therapy students. Conservatory facilities include the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, which seats 632 people and includes a scene shop, costume shop, and the Glaize Studio Theatre; Goodson ChapelRecital Hall, with a Möller tracker-action organ; Ruebush Hall, with a fully equipped twenty-four-track professional recording studio, practice rooms, and music education and music therapy laboratories; the Shingleton Building, with two dance studios; and Armstrong Hall, with a 700-seat concert hall. The Shingleton Building contains a gymnasium, a fitness room, and athletic training laboratories. Athletic facilities include practice fields, Aikens Stadium, and the new 2,500-seat Shentel Stadium. The Athletic Center contains a weight room and athletic training laboratories.
The Shenandoah University Network (SUnet) structure provides a high-speed fiber backbone that supports numerous networked Windows and Macintosh workstations. The campus has four IBM-platform labs and a Macintosh-platform lab for general use. All workstations in the labs have full Internet and e-mail access, and all Shenandoah University students have Internet and e-mail accounts. Wireless internet access is available in some buildings and will be expanded to the entire campus. The campus is also equipped with e-mail stations. Remote access is available for faculty, staff, and student use.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Intercollegiate athletics at Shenandoah University are played on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Level in the USA South Athletic Conference and strictly follow all the guidelines set by the NCAA and the league.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Shenandoah makes every effort to assist students in finding resources to finance their education. Approximately 91 percent of the University's students receive some type of financial aid. Shenandoah annually awards more than $28 million in aid to students in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and employment on the campus. Previous financial aid packages have averaged approximately $13,000 per undergraduate student per year. To qualify for scholarships and financial aid, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, as funds are available. A student must be accepted for admission to a degree program before a financial aid offer is made. Specific information regarding financial aid should be requested from the Director of Financial Aid.
Admission Requirements / Application
Shenandoah seeks a diverse student body through the individualized admission processing of each applicant under a rolling admission program. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their high school record and SAT I or ACT scores. Students applying for degree programs in music, dance, or theater must successfully complete an audition or portfolio interview. Shenandoah does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, or physical disability. Although interviews are not required, students are encouraged to visit the campus.
To apply, a student must submit an application with a $30 nonrefundable application fee, SAT I or ACT scores, and an official high school transcript. Transfer students must submit an official college transcript for all postsecondary course work in addition to meeting the freshman score and transcript requirements. Applicants are notified of the admission decision after receipt of all credentials.
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