Application Process

New students without prior college experience are strongly advised to request admittance for the fall semester rather than the spring semester.
We recommend that you begin the application process as early as possible. Before we can review your application packet, we must have all of the required documents. From our general experience, it can take several weeks for transcripts, letters of reference, and other key documents to be submitted.
If your application package is completed by the deadline (refer to the calendar at the front of the catalog), we will review your application and will respond promptly with our decision. If your package is missing a few items and the deadline is approaching, please contact our Admissions Office using the contact information above. In special circumstances, we will review your package and offer provisional admission. (You will then be required to complete the package before beginning your courses.)
The application process consists of three steps. All three must be completed before admission to the university is official.

1) Complete an Application File, including:

Associate/Undergraduate Program Applicants

  • A completed and signed Online Application Form
  • A Recommendation Letter
  • An Essay (Personal Background with Vision Statement)
  • Copy of High School Diploma (or its equivalent) and/or Official Transcript
  • Secondary school and College-level Transcripts (if applicable)
  • SAT or ACT score (if applicable)
  • Non-refundable Application Fee

Graduate Program Applicants

  • A completed and signed Online Application Form
  • Recommendation Letters (2)
  • An Essay (Personal Background with Vision Statement)
  • College-level Transcript indicating Bachelor degree is granted
  • Copy of Bachelor Diploma
  • Non-refundable Application Fee

International Applicants

For more details, refer to each department’s admission criteria.

Arrange for official transcripts to be submitted to the Admissions Office from your high school and, if applicable, from all universities, colleges, or professional schools you’ve attended. (GED may be substituted for high school diploma.) A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from a recognized school is required for admission into our Master’s programs. If you are still enrolled in high school, then an incomplete transcript (not reflecting graduation) will be sufficient. However, a complete and official transcript (indicating a graduation date) is required upon availability.

2) Letter of Acceptance

7090109University officials will review your Application Package when it is complete. It is our goal to send you written notification within two weeks of the application deadline. At any time, however, you may contact the Admissions Office to inquire about the status of your application.
The letter of acceptance includes information regarding necessary subsequent steps.
Upon your letter of acceptance, you need to read the Student Handbook at and return a signed Community Commitment form (located at the end of the Student Handbook) to the Admissions Office immediately. If you are unable to access the school’s website, the school will send you a hardcopy of the Community Commitment form by mail upon your request.
Along with your acceptance letter you will receive a Physical Readiness Report that is to be completed by a licensed physician and returned to the Admissions Office. You will also be asked to provide a recent photograph of yourself. The photograph will help with recognition at orientation and allow us to better serve you.
Finally, you should submit the tuition deposit along with the Physical Readiness Report and the Community Commitment form in order to confirm your enrollment.
If the university is unable to offer you acceptance for the upcoming semester, we advise you to carefully regard the steps you should take before resubmitting your application.

3) Intent to Enroll

By returning your Physical Readiness Report, the statement regarding the Student Handbook and your tuition deposit, you are informing the university that you intend to enroll and register for classes in the upcoming semester. We will pre-register you in courses, and help you find suitable housing.

If you have any questions regarding admission, please feel free to contact us

Director, Admissions Office
Shepherd University
3200 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065
Phone: (323)550-8888
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