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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

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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.


SRU offers over 60 academic programs in a variety of subject areas. Most of SRU’s degree programs are tailored to match the employment needs of local and global industries, so classes are designed to teach students relevant skills that will help them in the workforce. Major programs at SRU are broken into four colleges: Education; Business, Information Science and Social Sciences; Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; and Health, Environment and Science.

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in the subjects of arts, fine arts, music, science, business administration, and education. Master’s degrees are conferred in education and science. A doctorate degree is offered in physical therapy. Each of these subject areas offers dozens of majors and minors that let students further specialize their degree within their discipline. Affiliation programs also allow students to take special programs and earn graduate degrees beyond SRU’s regular offering.

Internships and co-curricular experiences also help students learn their chosen area of study more quickly. These are recommended to students of almost every discipline, and, in the case of teacher education, are required. Teacher education students must spend at least one semester of their senior year as a student teacher in local school districts or even overseas. Internships are extremely useful tools that teach on-the-job skills through an active learning environment. They are also helpful in landing employment opportunities after graduation. Be sure to talk to the career or internship advisor to find out more about opportunities in your chosen career path!

Special Affiliation Programs

The University offers many accelerated programs that allow students to take specific undergraduate coursework that leads directly into a graduate level or professional degree. The Doctor of Physcial Therapy program lets students earn their doctorate in only six years (three years of undergraduate work and three years of graduate work). Other options inlude a partnership with the Lake Erie College of Medicine for doctorates in osteopathy and pharmacy, as well as partnerships with the Logan College of Chiropractice and Pennsylvania State, Youngstown. With these accelerated programs, students can finish their degree programs much more quickly than normal, sometimes in as little as five years.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

SRU has an extensive study abroad and exchange program that allows students to learn and study in over 20 different countries. The Institute for International Education ranked SRU’s international studies program 35th in the nation for the number of students participating in its study abroad opportunities.


Most students at SRU are traditional college students, meaning that they enter as freshmen after graduating from high school. On average, they have taken AP courses, scored above a 1000 on the SAT or a 20 on the ACT, and graduated from high school with a 3.30 GPA or better.

On-campus residences are a big part of student life at SRU. Over 95 percent of first-year SRU students live on campus, and more than 35 percent of the total undergraduate population lives in university residence halls of some kind. Living on campus makes it easy for students to walk to classes, meet up with friends, eat at dining halls, and participate in on-campus events.

Clubs and organizations are a great way for all students to get involved on campus. There are over 150 special interest, academic, and social clubs. Many SRU students choose to volunteer through community service organizations or become better leaders through programs like the Compass Leadership Program. These experiences help students develop into more well-rounded individuals who can participate on a higher level in their other activities.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Local Community

SRU is located on a 660-acre campus in Butler County, Pennsylvania, a green and hilly area in the westernmost part of the state. The campus is surrounded by forests, farmlands, and glacial lakes, which offer educational and entertainment opportunities for student groups and environmental classes. The campus itself is home to historic and modern buildings that have been renovated or updated to better serve the needs of modern students.

Additional campuses are located at Wallops Island Marine Science Center, which offers marine science summer school sessions; the McKeever Environmental Learning Center; the Center for Lifelong and Community Learning; and the Regional Learning Alliance. These centers are spread throughout Pennsylvania and the area surrounding Butler County, making the college accessible to more students and to more diverse areas for research and study.


Every class at SRU is taught by a professor; students are guaranteed the opportunity to learn from their faculty rather than a teaching assistant. The student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1, and more than 80 percent of classes have 40 students or fewer. The RWU faculty is also well-qualified, with over 90 percent of full-time or tenure-track faculty holding a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in their fields of expertise. In addition, nearly 20 percent of the faculty identifies as minority members. SRU has been named “One of the Best Colleges to Work At” by the Chronicle of Higher Education for three years in a row, and its faculty, staff, and students tend to develop strong relationships rooted in the school’s community atmosphere.


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Ranks 36th in Pennsylvania and 493rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 75th 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 N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 20 0.23

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.16
Larceny 39 1.07
Vehicle theft 2 0.05

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2475th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1383
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population13,049 (5,438 urban / 7,611 rural)
Households4,036 (2.58 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,438
Families2,478 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
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 offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4203

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1556th 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 $9,934
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,405 $2,405 $2,595
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $276 $276 $414
FT Graduate Tuition $7,956 $7,956 $11,934
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,896 $2,896 $3,673
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $442 $442 $663
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,132 $22,132 $25,634
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,100 $22,100 $25,602
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,768 $14,768 $18,270

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,505 $8,748 $8,505 $8,748 $11,804 $12,146
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,425 $1,470
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,150 $9,364
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,319 $2,018
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,150 $7,764
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,319 $3,618
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,319 $4,188

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,475 (2,267 male / 3,208 female)
Admitted 3,667 (1,465 male / 2,202 female)
Admission rate 67%
First-time Enrollment 1,409 (563 male / 846 female)
FT Enrollment 1,408 (563 male / 845 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (N/A male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment8,347

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 State Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1029th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 30%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 23

SAT Test Admission

892nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 100%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1090

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 Capacity2,680
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,362
Board Fee$3,236

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 14 80 22 11 3 1,841 97 2,080
Accounting 3 2 47 1 53
Art/Art Studies, General 1 24 1 26
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 19 2 22
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 29 2 35
Business Administration and Management, General 4 7 3 1 1 140 11 167
Chemistry, General 1 16 17
Clinical/Medical Social Work 1 23 1 25
Computer and Information Sciences, General 16 16
Counseling Psychology 4 1 39 1 45
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3 5 8
Criminology 7 1 72 6 88
Dance, General 1 1 18 20
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 6 1 9
Ecology 1 8 9
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 1 155 4 163
English Language and Literature, General 2 45 4 53
French Language and Literature 3 1 4
Geography 1 20 21
Geology/Earth Science, General 14 14
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 4 1 98 4 107
Health and Wellness, General 125 5 133
History, General 1 1 1 80 6 89
Information Technology 1 1 18 1 22
Mathematics, General 28 4 32
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 12 1 2 87 6 110
Music, General 17 17
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 7 1 8
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician 3 1 73 2 79
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 3 1 1 80 10 96
Philosophy 2 2
Physics, General 5 5
Political Science and Government, General 2 19 1 22
Psychology, General 1 2 1 1 43 4 52
Public Health, General 7 1 63 71
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 61 3 67
Social Work 3 1 1 19 3 27
Spanish Language and Literature 1 8 1 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 2 214 10 229
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 1 66 1 74
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 1 3 29 33

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 561st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $84,022 ($87,017 male / $77,605 female)
Number of FT Faculty 354 (176 male / 178 female)
Number of PT Faculty 411
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $12,051,072

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