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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (SU) is a comprehensive university that offers 75 undergraduate programs and more than 15 master’s programs in a variety of disciplines. The school also offers three doctoral or post-master’s programs. SU serves over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus has been updated to reflect its modern curriculum and student body: there is a child-care center and a library, extensive on-campus technology assistance, and high-speed internet access in all residence halls.


SU opened in 1873 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal school with a class of 217 students. It received accreditation to award bachelor’s degrees in education in 1926 and became the first normal school in Pennsylvania to graduate to a state teachers college in 1927. SU’s master of education degree was approved in 1959, and business administration and arts and sciences degrees were added in following years. The school received its current name, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, in 1983.


SU offers 75 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s programs, and 3 post-master’s programs. Classes are divided amongst three undergraduate colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, the John L. Grove College of Business, and the College of Education and Human Services – and a graduate school for graduate courses.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs in English, economics, journalism, biology, mathematics, and more. Students can take classes across 17 departments and more than 70 majors, minors, and certificate programs. The College of Arts and Sciences also offers internship programs to students in almost every major track, letting students gain hands-on experience in practical job applications.

College of Business

The John L. Grove College of Business, one of only 620 schools worldwide to be accredited by AACSB International, has been ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the best colleges for undergraduate business study in the north region. It offers majors in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and more, along with a three-year BSBA program and a five-year BSBA and MBA program. The business school’s graduate program offers MBAs and business certificates. The Advanced Studies in Business Certificate Program can be taken online and is designed specifically for professionals who are not necessarily qualified for an MBA program. Additionally, the business school offers an extensive minors program for students of other disciplines who would like to include the study of business in their diploma.

College of Education and Human Services

The College of Education and Human Services offers degrees leading to jobs in counseling, education, criminal justice, and more. Undergraduates can study military science, exercise science, and social work in addition to education and criminal justice. Graduate students can study these topics as well as counseling and special education. Like the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services offers internships and professional experiences in most of its major programs. These experiences are highly recommended, as they give students a chance to experience their chosen career path in an active and hands-on environment. Teacher education students are required to do an internship program to gain field experience.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students applying for admission to SU can access the application online through the admissions page of the SU website. There is an application form which must be submitted online or in person as well as an application fee. Students must also submit a secondary school transcript or GED results and SAT scores. If desired, students can also submit SAT II scores, which will assist in subject placement. Students may also wish to arrange an interview, which is not required but often helps the application process.


Though most of SU’s students are from Pennsylvania, the student body draws from 20 states and 15 countries worldwide. Many students also choose to study abroad or do internships in foreign countries. This adds international diversity to the campus, which strengthens students’ appreciation for an increasingly global workplace.

Over 2,500 students at SU choose to live on campus in one of the nine residence halls and apartment complexes. Living on campus makes it easy to get involved with school events, activities, and clubs without walking far from the room. On-campus students also have easy access to the campus library, classrooms, dining halls, and more.

Clubs and student organizations are a great way for every student to get involved in the SU community. There are over 200 groups on campus, so regardless of your interests it’s easy to find a group that you can really fit in with. Clubs can be social, academic, honorary, religious, service-oriented, and more. If you can’t find one that you like, don’t worry – it’s easy to start a new club.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


SU offers a variety of club and intramural sports that make it easy for students to get involved in athletic events and activities. The club sports program lets students travel and compete with other schools in sports like rugby, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, tennis, and more. Students must try out for club sports teams, so this is a great opportunity for athletes to let their skills shine.

For people who want to get involved in sports but may not have a lot of experience, the intramural sports program is a fun way to join a team and compete on-campus with other classmates, faculty, and friends. The intramural sports are softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, street hockey, and ultimate frisbee. At the end of each season, intramural teams compete in a championship round, and the winning teams get their pictures featured on the intramural website.

For students who don’t want to participate in a sport but still want to be active, the Recreation Center offers basketball and volleyball courts, cardiovascular equipment, a running track, a group fitness studio, and racquetball courts. Classes are offered on a daily basis, so even beginners can get started with something new.


SU has over 300 full-time faculty members with specific expertise in their respective fields. Nearly 90 percent of all full-time faculty has earned a Ph.D. or other terminal degree. The student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1, which means that classes are small and students have the opportunity to interact with their professors. Additionally, every class is taught by a professor rather than a graduate assistant or a teaching assistant, so students are guaranteed to learn from an actual faculty member regardless of their academic year or subject of study.


  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Application for Admission for International Undergraduate Students. Print.
  • Shippensburg University. Web. 23 Sept. 2011.

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Ranks 85th in Pennsylvania and 954th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 76th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 19 0.23

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15 0.27
Larceny 74 1.34
Vehicle theft 1 0.02

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1764th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population23,246 (12,832 urban / 10,414 rural)
Households7,910 (2.63 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,212
Families5,237 (3.07 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

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 District4211

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1142nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,622 $6,622 $14,900
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,826 $2,826 $3,016
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $276 $276 $621
FT Graduate Tuition $7,956 $7,956 $11,934
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,286 $2,286 $2,466
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $442 $442 $663
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,046 $24,046 $32,514
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,622 $22,622 $31,090
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,502 $14,502 $22,970

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,856 $9,154 $8,856 $9,154 $18,394 $17,374
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,900 $8,077
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,114 $3,163
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,900 $8,077
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,114 $3,163
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,114 $2,752

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,949 (2,931 male / 3,018 female)
Admitted 4,962 (2,493 male / 2,469 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 1,520 (775 male / 745 female)
FT Enrollment 1,514 (773 male / 741 female)
PT Enrollment 6 (2 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment7,548

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1205th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 17%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

948th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1080

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 Capacity2,466
Meals per Week26
Room Fee$6,734
Board Fee$4,070

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 517th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $85,348 ($88,088 male / $80,533 female)
Number of FT Faculty 325 (182 male / 143 female)
Number of PT Faculty 444
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $15,211,241

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