Shepherd University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,790
3.69% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$10,390
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
8.45%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
96.3%
1,370 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
3,554
69.1% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
48.2%
360 Graduates

About

Shepherd University is a higher education institution located in Jefferson County, WV. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Shepherd University were General Studies (73 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (72 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (67 degrees).

In 2019, 717 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Shepherd University. 59.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (578 degrees), 11.6 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (50 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Shepherd University is $5,790, which is $−21,490 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Shepherd University is $5,790, which is $−21,490 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,390.

In 2019, 71% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 45% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,790
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Shepherd University was $5,790. The cost of tuition at Shepherd University is $−21,490 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$10,390
2019 Value
12.7%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Shepherd University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,390. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Shepherd University grew by 12.7%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,615
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Shepherd University was of $10,615 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.17% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

71%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
45%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

71% of undergraduate students at Shepherd University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 12.7% with respect to 2018, when 63% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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8.45%
2017 Default Rate
87
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Shepherd University was 8.45%, which represents 87 out of the 1030 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Shepherd University received 1,370 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 12.5% annual decline. Out of those 1,370 applicants, 1,319 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 96.3% acceptance rate.

There were 3,554 students enrolled at Shepherd University in 2019, and 70% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Shepherd University has an overall enrollment yield of 36.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

96.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
1,319
Accepted Out of 1,370

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Shepherd University was 96.3% (1,319 admissions from 1,370 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 89.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −12.5%, while admissions declined by −5.79%.

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SAT Scores

70%
Submission Percentage
340
Scores Submitted

70% of enrolled first-time students at Shepherd University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Shepherd University has a total enrollment of 3,554 students. The full-time enrollment at Shepherd University is 2,456 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,098. This means that 69.1% of students enrolled at Shepherd University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Shepherd University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77.4% White, 7.18% Black or African American, 5.71% Hispanic or Latino, 3.55% Two or More Races, 1.69% Asian, 0.591% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0844% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Shepherd University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.5%), followed by White Male (29.6%) and Black or African American Male (5.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.3%), followed by White Male (31.4%) and Black or African American Male (8.82%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

69.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Shepherd University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,554 students. The full-time enrollment at Shepherd University is 2,456 and the part-time enrollment is 1,098. This means that 69.1% of students enrolled at Shepherd University are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%
2019 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 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Shepherd University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,751
  2. Black or African American
    255
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    203

The enrolled student population at Shepherd University is 77.4% White, 7.18% Black or African American, 5.71% Hispanic or Latino, 3.55% Two or More Races, 1.69% Asian, 0.591% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0844% 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 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 93 students (2.62%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 133 more women than men received degrees from Shepherd University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Shepherd University is white (578 degrees awarded). There were 11.6 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (50 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Shepherd University is General Studies (73 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (72 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (67 degrees).

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 Natural Resources & Conservation (20 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (34 degrees), and History (12 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,567,543 people), Secondary school teachers (584,232 people), Education administrators (302,870 people), Special education teachers (215,239 people), and Other managers (206,467 people).

The most specialized majors at Shepherd University are Natural Resources & Conservation (20 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (34 degrees), History (12 degrees), English (21 degrees), and Education (91 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Shepherd University are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Actuaries

The most specialized majors at Shepherd University are Natural Resources & Conservation (20 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (34 degrees), History (12 degrees), English (21 degrees), and Education (91 degrees).

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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 (2,980,262 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (425,593 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (191,212 people), Legal services (153,950 people), and Computer Systems Design (122,890 people).

The most specialized majors at Shepherd University are Natural Resources & Conservation (20 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (34 degrees), History (12 degrees), English (21 degrees), and Education (91 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 73 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 72 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 67 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Shepherd University was General Studies with 73 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

292
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
425
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 292 degrees were awarded to men at Shepherd University, which is 0.687 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (425).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 50 degrees were awarded to men at Shepherd University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.11 times more than the 45 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 66 degrees were awarded to women at Shepherd University in Registered Nursing, which is 11 times more than the 6 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

25%
100% Completion Time
42%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 25% of students graduating from Shepherd University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 42% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Shepherd University is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 1.67% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    578 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    50 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    30 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Shepherd University is white (578 degrees awarded). There were 11.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (50 degrees).

1.53% of degree recipients (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    349 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    229 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    28 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Shepherd University is white female (349 degrees awarded). There were 1.52 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (229 degrees).

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Operations

Shepherd University has an endowment valued at nearly $21.4M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $227k (1.06%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Shepherd University had a total salary expenditure of $57.7M. Shepherd University employs 52 Associate professors, 36 Professors, and 33 Assistant professors. Most academics at Shepherd University are Female Associate professors (27), Male Associate professors(25), and Male Professors (21).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Shepherd University are: Management, with 55 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 53 employees, and Service with 43 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$21.4M
2019 Endowment
3.21%
growth from 2018

Shepherd University has an endowment valued at about $21.4M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Shepherd University grew 3.21% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $19.3M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.58M - Federal
  2. $4M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Shepherd University received $1.58M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$26.3M
2019 Salaries
1.65%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Shepherd University paid a median of $26.3M in salaries, which represents 45.5% of their overall expenditure ($57.7M) and a 1.65% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.36% decline from 2017 and a 3.38% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.3M
Instructional Salaries
143
Number of Employees

In 2019, Shepherd University paid a total of $9.3M to 143 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
52 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
55 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Shepherd University were Associate professor with 52 employees; Professor with 36 employees; and Professor with 33 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Shepherd University were Management with 55 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 53 employees; and Service with 43 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Shepherd University was Female Associate professor with 27 employees, Male Associate professor with 25 employees, and Male Professor with 21 employees.

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

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