With the goal to create a Yes, You Can̦ environment for students to build their future; Shenandoah University or SU came into being in 1875. It was originally founded as Shenandoah Seminary by Dr. Abraham Funkhouser and Professor Jay Fries in Dayton, Virginia. After a few name and status changes, it finally received the University status on January 1, 1991. Today, Shenandoah University is a private University of higher education located in Winchester, Virginia. Shenandoah promotes the welfare of each individual by fostering an environment in which students learn, grow and flourish.