Slippery Rock University (SRU) was first established as Slippery Rock State Normal School in 1889. The first session served 168 students and taught teacher education, striving to provide qualified educators for the public schools of Pennsylvania. From this, the school evolved into a four-year teacher’s college and later a certified four-year institute with more extensive academic options. It was first accredited to award undergraduate and graduate degrees in 1960 and became a full university in 1983.
Today, SRU enrolls nearly 9,000 students and offers a wide variety of degree programs. It has a strong health and wellness department that confers degrees in physical therapy, exercise science and more from the baccalaureate level to the doctoral level. The school has become increasingly more selective in the 21st century, and GPA and class rank averages have increased significantly since the 2000-2001 school year. The campus also continues to expand and renovate, approving more than $250 million in new construction over the past 15 years.