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Shenandoah University
Motto Yes you can!
Established 1875
Type Private
Endowment $42.2 million[1]
President Tracy Fitzsimmons
Undergraduates 1,606
Location 1460 University Drive
, Virginia 22601, United States
Campus Small city
Former names - Shenandoah Seminary (founding in 1875-1925)
- Shenandoah College (1925-1991)
- Shenandoah Conservatory (separate institution 1937-1974)
Colors red and blue          
Nickname The Hornets

Shenandoah University is an American private university with an enrollment of approximately 3,400 students in more than eighty programs. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and located in Winchester, Virginia.

U.S. News & World Report's 2010 Best Colleges and Universities listing ranked the university at 31st out of 572 institutions offering master's-degree programs in the Southern U.S.[citation needed]



Old Meets New: Historic Abram's Delight Museum (right) and adjacent construction on the Shenandoah University History and Tourism Center (in the foreground is Wilkins Lake), unknown date.

The university was founded as Shenandoah Seminary in 1875 in Dayton, Virginia, by Dr. Abraham Paul Funkhouser and Professor Jay Newton Fries. Shenandoah Seminary became a junior college in 1924, changing its name to Shenandoah College the following year. Shenandoah Conservatory became a separate corporation in 1937 and began granting four-year degrees. In 1960, Shenandoah College and the Shenandoah Conservatory moved to the current seventy-five-acre (305,000 m²) Winchester campus and began offering four-year degrees in 1974 (at which time the college and conservatory corporations were merged). Having obtained university status on January 1, 1991, today the Shenandoah University student body represents forty-six U.S. states while the student body and faculty combined represents seventy-three countries.


A view on the main campus (Alson Smith Library in the background), unknown date.

The university operates on three primary campuses. Two are in Winchester: the main campus located near Interstate 81, and the Health Professions campus located near the Winchester Medical Center. The third, the Northern Virginia Campus, is located in Leesburg, Virginia. There are also a number of satellite offices and facilities located throughout Winchester.


Schools and programs

The Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre (main campus), unknown date.

The university offers over eighty programs at associate-, bachelor's-, master's-, and doctoral-degree levels in six schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business
  • Shenandoah Conservatory


The university's Department of Athletics sponsors twenty intercollegiate sports, ten for men and ten for women.

The men's sports are:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf


  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor)
  • Track and Field (outdoor)
  • Soccer

The women's sports are:

  • basketball
  • cross country
  • field hockey
  • lacrosse
  • soccer
  • softball
  • tennis
  • track and field (indoor)
  • track and field (outdoor)
  • volleyball

All teams compete as members of the Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the department holds membership in:

In the Spring of 2008, the women's softball team captured its first-ever USA South Athletic Conference championship in school history, finishing with a record of 30-12 (15-3 in conference).

Campus expansion

Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business (main campus), unknown date.

Shenandoah has recently undergone significant expansion, as evidenced by new construction projects such as Halpin-Harrison Hall, the new home of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, the Brandt Student Center, the History and Tourism Center, and the forthcoming construction of new administrative offices on the site now housing the Virginia National Guard. More construction is expected to take place in the coming years around the east campus near Shentel Stadium. This growth parallels increasing recognition on the academic front, notably in the aforementioned U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges and Universities edition.

Partnership relations

The university has partner-institution memorandum-of-understanding agreements with thirty-six international colleges and universities. One such partner institution is the Ulyanovsk State University in Ulyanovsk, Russia.

It also participates in the British Council's Business Education Initiative and Irish-American Scholars program in conjunction with universities and colleges in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Notable alumni



  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
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Coordinates: 39°9′58.1″N 78°9′34.3″W / 39.166139°N 78.159528°W / 39.166139; -78.159528



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