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Shawnee State University is a public institution of higher education located in a suburban neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio, having been founded in 1986 on some 50 acres of land. It is the newest member of Ohio’s state-controlled university system and actually occupies the same campus which was previously the home of the Ohio University Southern Campus (which moved elsewhere before Shawnee was established).


The academic accreditation of Shawnee State University is provided by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (with the school having recently been admitted to that organization’s Academic Quality Improvement Program).

Over 80 programs are available for students to pursue at the associate as well as the bachelor’s level, and as of 2007 the school introduced its first graduate level programs. Among the academic majors which students as Shawnee State University may pursue are those in Mathematics, Journalism, Computer Science, and the Social Sciences. Particularly popular and well-respected are the programs in the health sciences and business.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Though technically speaking Shawnee State University implements a minimally selective admissions policy, it is common for the school to accept 100% of applicants for a given academic semester. Notwithstanding, select academic programs at Shawnee State University may implement more restrictive admissions policies, and therefore the 100% admission rate to the school as a whole does not necessarily imply that all applicants ended up in the program of their choice.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by the school and students are allowed to start studies at several points throughout the year; there is no application fee at the school.

Financial Aid

Shawnee State University has several different forms of financial aid available for students, and the majority of funds are distributed on the basis of need. Non-need based financial aid at Shawnee State University is allocated strictly on the basis of demonstrated academic performance.

The most important form that students must submit to be considered for financial aid at Shawnee State University is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), though the school also has its own financial aid application for institutional grants/loans. Applicants are encouraged to submit their FAFSA forms as early as possible, and the deadline for Fall applicants is near the end of the month of June, while for priority applicants this deadline falls a little sooner, towards the middle of June.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4414th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body at Shawnee State University tops 4,000 on a typical semester, making this a medium-sized school. There are myriad student organizations and clubs operating on and off campus at Shawnee State University, and a token sampling of such groups would include the Campus Ministry, the Phi Eta Sigma honor society, the Shawnee Democratic Society, the University Chronicle (student-run school newspaper), and the Environmental Club. The school’s Student Government Association is responsible for regulating the activities of all such clubs and organizations, and it is part of the National Student Government Association.

There are several different student housing complexes available on the campus of Shawnee State University, and they have quite a good reputation due to the relatively unique fact that they are all designed in apartment-style (unlike the typical dorm design implemented on most other campuses). Students also have a complete student and faculty dining facility available on campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletics department at Shawnee State University is quite well funded and the school has a strong reputation for success in various sports. The school’s teams are collectively referred to as The Bears and the official competing colors of the school are royal blue and dove gray. In all, the school has competing teams in the following sports: for men, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer; and for women, basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

The school competes within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Division II, and is part of the American Mideast Conference (as of 1991). The Bears have had participation in 24 different national championships. A few of the most successful moments the school’s sports teams have experienced were the following: the victory in the 1999 national championship of the school’s women’s basketball team; the second place result of the school’s softball team in the 1996 championship; and the 1995 women’s basketball team making it into the final four.

Information Summary

Ranks 106th in Ohio and 2840th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.04
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 5 0.11

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Portsmouth, OH 45662
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population31,119 (26,415 urban / 4,704 rural)
Households13,268 (2.26 people per house)
Median Household Income$24,562
Families8,073 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3902

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1500th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,085 $6,085 $11,199
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,092 $1,092 $1,092
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $299 $299 $512
FT Graduate Tuition $8,169 $8,169 $19,967
FT Graduate Required Fees $626 $626 $626
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $484 $484 $1,140
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,451 $21,451 $26,565
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,843 $19,843 $24,957
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,891 $13,891 $19,005

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,762 $6,988 $6,762 $6,988 $11,568 $11,963
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,440(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,698 $9,012
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,166 $3,308
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,364 $5,778
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,430 $4,916
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,238 $3,336

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Mid-South Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Mid-South Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Mid-South Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity970
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,910
Board Fee$3,458

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2619th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,128 ($59,101 male / $54,900 female)
Number of FT Faculty 150 (83 male / 67 female)
Number of PT Faculty 312
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $5,812,320

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