Shenandoah University Reviews

  • 30 Reviews
  • Winchester (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,170
80% of 30 students said this degree improved their career prospects
87% of 30 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 1/27/2024
  • Degree: Nursing
"Let’s just say nurses really do eat their young. I met a few mean and just pure evil nurses at this school that actually rejoice at your failure. I’ve never met such miserable powerless women in my entire existence. I got brutally screamed at behind a closed door after Acing a skill check off by a weak ( in all sense of the word) nurse who accused me of purposefully mispronouncing her maiden name— right before finals week. I spent the remainder of the semester ruminating on the incident and the trauma she put me through and how stupid it all was—wish I could get back the time I wasted talking to this lady explaining myself . My only regret is I didn’t defend myself— I feared she would retaliate and you know this school tuition is crazy expensive . I stood there frozen and in shock as she belittled and berated me for literally no reason. I saw this lady smile for the first time as I held back my tears—she enjoyed seeing me breaking down— it was all weird. She enjoyed seeing me Mind you, this thing teaches what is probably the easiest nursing lab course— one could sleep right through it and still pass. I excelled in the course, mainly by self teaching and relaying on the lecture—because she could not teach if her life depended on it. Let’s just say, nurse educator or not no one will ever again have a moment like that over me."
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"stay away!!!! go anywhere else !!!! no support for students, disorganized and uncaring teaching staff, expensive and not worth the money, all they care about is there pass rate, if you want to be taught for the test only this is the place, bedside care is not the priority"
  • Reviewed: 4/25/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"The school is a mess. I am attending the expedite nursing program, it is very disorganized. It does not worth the high cost of tuition. The management is poor, and there is less support for students. On certain occasion professors are not coming to the class, leaving the student in limbo. Therefore, do not attend this school if you have other options."
Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2019
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"Avoid! Avoid! Avoid! Not a friendly environment for Non-White Americans and foreigners! State Universities are much better at treating everyone fair. Some of their faculties are good, but not all of them. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!"
Jordan Warnsholz
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2018
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"Phenomenal teaching. Committed and unwavering staff pushed students to reach maximum potential. Teaching methods reinforced real life scenarios to force early medical minds to think critically and adapt to changes. Teaching methods also promoted a high degree of independence which forced students to get out of their comfort zone, take the leap, gain confidence, and succeed."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Shenandoah is known for its undergraduate fine arts programs and their master degree health professions. The campus is very pretty and in the past year they have started making improvements to the campus and renovating the dorms. There is limited dorm space and most graduate level students live off campus."
Vanessa Schuster
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2017
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Deciding to pursue a degree in physical therapy came after just one semester of college. I found a love for anatomy and physiology, exercise, and working with people. Combine all of these elements, and studying physical therapy was inevitable. Figuring out where I wanted to earn my degree was definitely more challenging. I needed a school that cared about me personally, where my education was tailored to my needs, and a place where I would create lasting relationships with both students and professors. Shenandoah University provided me with everything that I required, and much more. Within just one and a half semesters I call professors by their first names. I am known as Vanessa, the person who likes dogs and pizza, not as just another student. I find myself walking down the halls of the school and always running into somebody I know and can have a conversation with. Yet, the education is still incredibly challenging. In just the first semester, I have learned more than in my entire undergraduate career combined. I am pushed further than I ever thought possible but never to the point of failure. The program is difficult, but with all of the support around, it is absolutely manageable. There are tutors for every class, professors with open door policies, and 40 other students in my class willing to help me with anything school related or personal. The opportunities I have been given at Shenandoah also surpass most others experiences. I have been participating in adaptive aquatics, where every Saturday I, along with 20 other students, are in the pool helping children with physical or mental disabilities. We work on motor coordination and increasing endurance all while facilitating social interactions between the children. Additionally, I will be joining 30 other students on a medial mission trip to Guatemala this summer to help underprivileged communities receive the medial care they need. Our mission is sustainability, not reliance on these trips. We plan to educate the medical personnel who is already there, as well as provide an adjusted plan of care to the patients which they are able to complete with the available equipment. This warm, friendly environment does not take away from the rigor of the education I have received so far it truly enhances what I am learning. All of the experiences complement what I am learning in the classroom. Experience is the best teacher, and here at Shenandoah I get both the best experiences and the best teachers to give me the most comprehensive physical therapy education possible."
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2017
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"Shenandoah University's PA program has offered me an incredible education that has prepared me to be a PA in practice. I am currently in my clinical year of the program but feel more than equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in my rotations. The learning environment in the classroom is not fostered by competition at all but rather by encouragement of a shared goal of being successful."
Lindsey Turner
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2017
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"There are students from all over the U.S. and international students here. The pharmacy program is small enough to get to know instructors and they will help you with anything you are struggling with. The curriculum incorporates physical assessment skills to keep up with the changing role of the pharmacist and emphasizes patient centered care. We have quarterly practicals that assess cumulative skills, which can be difficult, but overall facilitates professional growth and learning. The school also incorporates pharmacy economics, as this is the future of pharmacy and they are preparing us not for our graduation date, but for 10 years down the road."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"It was a great school! I had a diverse range of experiences and my professors were very willing to work with my need for a diverse range of studies. I would highly recommend SU!"
Tu Trinh
  • Reviewed: 11/29/2015
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy is accredited. The faculties are extremely helpful. The cons of pharmacy program is high cost of tuition since Shenandoah is a private school. However, Virginia Tuition Grant helps a part of tuition."
Charlotte Hernandez Velez
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2015
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Cons: - some of the graduate classes are in Winchester and others in the Northern Virginia Campus. Involves some commuting. Pros: - small class sizes, excellent professors"
Andrew Dahl
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2015
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"I have found that this program has been the most informative and rewarding of any of the degrees that I have taken on ( Bach and 2 Masters). The interactions with the professors for the class has been phenomenal and have always been available at any time to talk with us. The one con for me would be that there are little to no opportunities for taking classes online ( I drive 1:45 each way to get to class) but I also have the flexibility to take classes on campus in Winchester and in Northern Virginia (Leesburg) As a older student in the EdD program (just turned 46) I have found the overall experience to be fun and exciting not unlike my first years at University when I was an Undergrad"
Michelle Joyal
  • Reviewed: 8/14/2014
  • Degree: Fitness Trainer
"It is a very challenging program which makes it worth the effort, money and time. The curriculum is very intense and so is the work load. They give you situations that help you prepare and become proficient in the skills needed to become a very good athletic trainer."
Morgan M Walker
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2014
  • Degree: Nursing
"Like all advanced nursing programmes, Shenandoah University's had its faults. Mainly, difficulty with providing sufficient clinical sites and organizational annoyances. That said, this is a battle every institution must fight, and I felt confident that SU worked hard on my behalf, and ultimately provided me with an education that allowed me to find a job and more importantly, feel prepared for it. Of course you cannot learn everything in school, but the attitude of passion for care providing and nursing excellence was apparent and contagious. Ideally when you are seeking an advanced degree you start out passionate about your subject, but the personal experience that the staff creates for the students delivers the message of personal responsibility to achieve, and also the confidence that those who forged the path before you also stand beside you. You begin to consider yourself a colleague, not a student. To me, that made all the difference. So, despite the occasional moments of frustration during the process, hindsight is always clearer, and only later do you appreciate how much your school has done for you when you step out into the real world and put the passion into practice."
jenna kline
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2014
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Shenandoah University physical therapy graduate program is providing me with all the skills and knowledge I will need to begin my career. The program is both competitive and challenging."
Ben Stern
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2014
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"The professors are always available and willing to help provided you are trying and actually ask them. That being said you are a grad student not a freshmen and the expectation for all your academic responsibilities are high. The school is really small though very diverse. Plus it's location to DC (1.5hour drive) means most of the professors are retired from active careers as performers with an active network still in place with their respective ensembles."
Megan Vaughan
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2014
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"PA programs are in general a condensed version of medical school. This makes these programs very intense. The SUPA staff provides great support and prepares it's students well to practice medicine."
DeLyn Celec
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2014
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"This program gives students excellent hands-on experience alongside professionals in the field of music therapy. The only drawback is that transportation from campus to nearby town is sparse unless students have a car. However, the campus is self-contained for residential students and within walking distance of Old Town Winchester."
Jessica Cianci
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2014
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"Shenandoah is a small private school about an hour outside of DC. The professors are amazing and part of the reason I wanted to come to a private school. I have even had professors tell me to call them in the middle of the night to help we work through concepts while I was studying. THe school focuses on advancing technology and how to apply it to your every day career. They focus on professionalism and train us to be well rounded practitioners upon graduation. The area is more rural and you need to find your own housing for the most part for graduate programs but since it is not a big city it is generally affordable and safe."