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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

  • Shippensburg, PA
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Rural
    setting
  • 50%50%
    student ratio
  • 6,550
    total students
  • $6,622 | $14,900
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 83%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 500
    sat math
  • 489
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 20
    act composite

Overview

Shippensburg University Offers a High Level of Academic Quality, an Honors Program, and Internships

Ask Shippensburg University students why they selected this public university located in south central Pennsylvania, and most will say it's because of academic quality. The benefits of a Shippensburg education can be summed up in a few well-chosen words: talented professors, innovative courses, challenging programs, hands-on laboratories, and comfortable spaces for living and recreation.

Students have more than 75 options for programs of study, including recent additions that prepare students for careers in growing fields including nanofabrication, computer engineering, forensic science, geographic information systems, and supply chain management. At Shippensburg, students receive a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on practice as well as theory. Internships are important to many programs and often lead to job offers.

Students find plenty of ways to put a personal spin on their education -- independent study, the honors program, and study abroad are just some examples. At Shippensburg University, undergraduate students can become involved in research with faculty, an opportunity many colleges and universities reserve for graduate students.

Performing Arts Center Enhances Shippensburg's Options for Entertainment and Recreation

For entertainment and recreation, Shippensburg University Student Services, Inc., manages a $3 million budget that supports a large variety of on-campus clubs and organizations including sports clubs, academic clubs, music groups, and fraternities and sororities. The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center features nationally acclaimed performers including Jeff Dunham, Marie Osmond, Willie Nelson, and Recycled Percussion. ShipRec, the student recreation center, boasts an 8,000-square-foot, two-story fitness center.

Shippensburg Competes and Excels in NCAA Division II Athletics and Intramural Sports

A member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II, the university offers 18 intercollegiate sports (10 women's and 8 men's). There is also a variety of intramural and club sports including Quidditch, street hockey, tae kwon do, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Nine Housing Options and Living Facilities for Students at Shippensburg University

Freshmen are allowed to have a car on campus and are required to live in on-campus housing. Exemptions to this policy include those students who reside full-time in the home of their parents or legal guardians, those who are 21 years of age or older, and/or those who are legally married.

There are nine student housing facilities, all of which are co-ed. New student housing features suite-style living with bathrooms shared by no more than two students. Air conditioning, carpeting, kitchettes, and living spaces make students feel right at home. Choose from four suite options at different price points. Stone Ridge Commons offers apartment-style living for two, four, or six students. Student safety is emphasized through trained supervisory personnel and a key-card entry system. In addition, all residence halls have sprinkler systems.

Shippensburg Offers the Resources Students Need to Ensure Success after Graduation

Shippensburg University has 7,000 undergraduate students, which provides the benefit of small classes with a student-faculty ratio of 20:1. More than 1,000 graduate students also attend Shippensburg, many earning advanced degrees part-time through evening courses on campus or at one of several satellite locations near their home or work. Shippensburg's Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education assists adult students with professional education needs.

Shippensburg University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and many individual programs have earned national and international accreditation (business, chemistry, computer science, counseling, social work, and teacher education).


Location & Contact

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
USA

William Washabaugh

Acting Dean of Enrollment Services

Phone: 717-477-1231
Fax: 717-477-4016
Email: admiss@ship.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Systems Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Computer Software Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

83% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied5,950
    • Accepted4,962
    • Acceptance Rate83%
    • Enrolled6,550
    • Female Applicants3,019
    • Females Accepted2,469
    • Female Acceptance Rate81%
    • Male Applicants2,931
    • Males Accepted2,493
    • Male Acceptance Rate85%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.20
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 489 440 530
    • SAT Math 500 450 550
    • SAT Writing 430 520
    • ACT Composite 20 18 22
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$6,622
    • Out-of-state tuition *$14,900
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$2,826.00
    • Room and board *$10,514.00
    • Room only *$6,734.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students6,550
    • Male Student Percentage50%
    • Female Student Percentage50%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.06%
    • Black or African American8.55%
    • White or Caucasian79.25%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.12%
    • Asian1.18%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.09%
    • Two or more races2.98%
    • Unknown2.4%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.51% representing 26 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students6.8% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 36%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other surveillance cameras in certain parking lots and buildings, foot, vehicular and bicycle patrols by security officers

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football No Division 2 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 2 Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Fencing No No No
    • Field hockey No Division 2 Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 Yes
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis No Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty404
    • Full-time Percentage80%
    • Part-time Percentage20%
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio19:1 or 6,329 students to 331 faculty


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