Freshman Admissions Standards

Students are selected by the Office of Admissions on the basis of their abilities, interests and academic preparation as indicated by their application, school records and test results. Since applicants are considered on their own merit, Shenandoah University invites them to supply all evidence to indicate their competence and eagerness to succeed in a demanding and exciting program of study.

To be accepted at Shenandoah University, students must meet the following standards:

Academic Transcript

Applicants should complete a strong college preparatory schedule in high school. SU requires:

  • Four units of English
  • Three units of math (algebra I, algebra II and geometry)
  • Two units of science (including one lab)
  • Two units of social studies
  • Two units of a foreign language

Other distributions of academics may be appropriate for some curricula and will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Shenandoah’s CEEB Code is: 5613

Average GPA for the admitted freshman class of 2012 was 3.43. 

Standardized Tests

Applicants should take either the SAT or the ACT standardized test. We suggest students take one of the exams at the end of the junior year and again during the late fall of the senior year of high school. Applicants must request the College Board (SAT) or ACT, Inc. (ACT) to send your test scores directly to Shenandoah University.

Shenandoah’s SAT Code is: 5613 (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

Shenandoah’s ACT Code is: 4396 (American College Testing Program examination)

Average SAT for the admitted freshman class of 2012 was 1032. (math & critical reading sections only)


Links to SAT & ACT



Special requirements for Specific Programs

Some of our programs at Shenandoah University have specific admission requirements in addition to the general requirements:

Shenandoah Conservatory

School of Nursing

Pre-Health Professions Requirements

For complete, detailed admissions guidelines, please see the Undergraduate Catalog>>>