Shenandoah University is a comprehensive private university located in Winchester, Virginia in the United States. It has an enrollment of approximately 3,800 students across more than ninety programs in seven schools: College of Arts & Sciences, Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, Shenandoah Conservatory, Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing, School of Health Professions (Athletic Training, Respiratory Care, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Physical Therapy) and the School of Education & Human Development. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
The U.S. News and World Report's 2012 Best Colleges and Universities listing placed Shenandoah University at 27th (Tier 1) in its Regional Universities (South) category.
The university was founded as Shenandoah Seminary in 1875 in Dayton, Virginia, by Dr. Abraham Funkhouser and Professor Jay 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.
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.
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