Fully engaged in their education, Shippensburg University students are empowered to create a future that is uniquely their own. They thrive off a selection of more than 100 programs that not only help them find their path, but also come loaded with the experience to make them stand out from the crowd.
Academic excellence at an affordable rate is what Ship is all about. Students set themselves apart through the university’s nationally and internationally accredited programs, Wood Honors College, study abroad opportunities, and one of only five Peace Corps Preparation programs in the state. At Ship, faculty know their students by name and are committed to taking them beyond the classroom with hands-on experience, service-learning, field work, research, and much more.
Students in the AACSB Internationally accredited John L. Grove College of Business enjoy a real-life stock trading room, an entrepreneur center, and a 100 percent pass rate on the CPA exam. The College of Education and Human Services operates one of only a few public lab schools in the nation, giving education, social services, and criminal justice students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to practice what they learn in the classroom. And, as the only school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to offer five engineering programs, Ship’s School of Engineering students experience a unique blend of theory and practical application in civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering.
Ship’s Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center sets students on the right path for the careers they want from day one. By providing résumé and interview training, job fairs, and internship placement services, this center is a one-stop shop for career success! Through the Raider365 Program, students have access to Ship’s 70,000-strong alumni network, providing unlimited mentor and internship opportunities.
Get to know Shippensburg University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
Ship believes that everyone has the ability to make powerful contributions to the world—especially students. In all disciplines, students are encouraged to dive into what interests them most and conduct original, inspiring research. The university offers support to ensure that curious minds are enabled to discover unknown phenomena, develop theories, reinterpret existing knowledge, and construct original work.
Students are also able to enjoy working closely with their professors who act as guiding mentors for success. In the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), for instance, students are able to conduct research alongside faculty members throughout the summer, all while receiving compensation for their time.
Every spring semester, students are recognized for their research at the Minds@Work research conference. Here, they have the opportunity to present their scholarly and creative works to the campus community and the general public alike.
Shippensburg strives to cultivate and maintain a diverse and inclusive campus through myriad opportunities to increase multicultural knowledge, awareness, and understanding. Such opportunities include both academic and co-curricular activities that address the historically divisive and unjust practices against people on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.
Students have access to multiple resources on campus, including the Office of Accessibility Resources; Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance; Office of Multicultural Student Affairs; Pride Center; and Women’s Center. These resources altogether strive to support all students in their personal and intellectual journeys.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of Ship’s numerous study abroad options. These experiences foster academic, professional, and personal growth while providing students with the memories of a lifetime. Students can study at 16 different schools in 10 countries around the globe or through several affiliate programs.
“My favorite part about my study abroad experience was that every day was a new adventure. Living in a city like I did, even walking to class was an adventure because you see things that you’ve never seen before. I will take with me the confidence in my ability to thrive when placed into unfamiliar situations.” – Jorge Santiago
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 73 | 10-19: 382 | 20-29: 306
30-39: 197 | 40-49: 72 | 50-99: 21 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 11%
White, non-Hispanic: 75%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
“I now have a new appreciation of the world and my place within it. At Ship, I learned about different histories and cultures.” – Jeremy Starr
To be a competent, analytical, and productive member of society, one must be educated holistically. That is why the general education at Shippensburg offers a breadth of knowledge that spans topics and disciplines. Students complete courses in a variety of subjects: writing, oral communication, history, quantitative reasoning, diversity, global perspectives, foreign languages, the natural world, technology, and the arts. Each course is designed to lay the foundation for critical thinking, creative inquiry, and a passion for lifelong learning.
Ship is fully committed to student success and knows that the first year greatly influences the entire journey. The First-Year Experience, therefore, makes the transition to college a little less intimidating through helpful support and mentorship resources.
At the crux of the FYE is the rewarding and challenging UNIV 101 Course. Emphasizing communication and writing skills, this course ensures that students are prepared to present their ideas with confidence. It further lays the foundation for success by helping students prioritize academic achievement, develop successful personal habits, engage with the university community, and understand diversity and social responsibility.
Written communication skills are cultivated early on at Ship. Every student, regardless of major, is required to fulfill a writing competency requirement. Students learn about the importance of research, rhetorical inquiry, and critical analysis as they prepare to be effective writers. Students who haven’t yet satisfied the requirements for the Writing-Intensive First-Year Seminar are enrolled in an Introduction to Academic Writing course to prepare them for collegiate writing. It’s in this way that every student learns to make their voice, their opinions, and their work fully recognized.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
Teacher certification program
At Ship, life is more than what goes on in the classroom. Students can discover new passions and cultivate meaningful relationships by joining one or more clubs and organizations, participating in NCAA Division II sports, or volunteering in the community.
Engaging with the community is an integral part of the Shippensburg experience. Students engage in service-learning and volunteer opportunities to deepen their understanding of their academics, all while giving back to the surrounding community. Every week, these passionate servant-scholars have the chance to volunteer at such off-campus partners as King’s Kettle, one of the food banks in town; Shippensburg Historical Society; and Shippensburg Produce and Outreach, which provides fresh produce for Shippensburg-area residents.
Shippensburg is also proud to be a charter member of the National Communication Association’s Communicating Common Ground Program. Faculty and students partner with P-12 schools and community groups to develop research and teaching programs designed to advance civic education and appreciation for diversity.
Ship understands that the transition to college life can be intimidating, and so its living-learning communities ease this milestone by grouping students who share similar interests on one floor of a residential hall. Those who live in these communities, which are categorized by a variety of academic and lifestyle interests, work together and support each other through their shared experiences.
Nestled in the Cumberland Valley in Cumberland county, Ship’s campus is close to many area attractions. Students have a short commute to an extensive network of hiking and water trails, dining, shopping, and regional entertainment.
Students seeking a challenging and rewarding experience are encouraged to become a Shippensburg University Raider.
Ship’s NCAA Division II sports for women include basketball, cross country, field hockey, indoor track & field, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.
Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, soccer, swimming, and wrestling.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 86%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
While internships are not required for graduation, many students choose to earn credits while working outside of the classroom. Internships are wonderful opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in their field of study while also making valuable connections for their future careers. Ship is proud to foster industry connections between local businesses and its bright, talented students. Interns have worked for legislators, government agencies, publications, banks, and non-profit organizations.
“My internship with IBM was one of the most valuable experiences in college. It helped me to see how I could apply information learned in the classroom to real business-world situations. The opportunity to interact with different departments enabled me to determine what areas I would like to pursue before actually committing to a full-time position.” – Julie M. Zeiters
CAREER, MENTORING, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The staff at the Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center (CMPD) are eager to meet with students to help them start their professional journey. From career exploration to interview preparation, students have a variety of services to take advantage of. The CMPD is proud to offer services for alumni for one year post graduation to continue supporting them as they enter the workforce.
RAIDERS CONNECT 365
The Raiders Connect 365 mentorship program connects students with an alum or Ship employee to establish a positive mentor relationship. Guided by caring and friendly professionals, students are educated, advised, and inspired to excel.
Whether it’s a campus visit or a question about financial aid, the staff at Shippensburg University Admissions Office is ready and happy to help. Ship is proud to offer a high-quality, comprehensive education to students who are ready to make a difference in the world. With over 100 undergraduate programs and the option to be admitted as an exploratory student, Ship is committed to helping students find their passion and achieve their goals.
Rigor of secondary school record | Class rank | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Interview | Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability
Character/personal qualities | Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 490 | 75th Percentile: 590
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 580
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 23
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $9,570
Tuition (out-of-state): $17,362
Shippensburg proudly awards $79 million in grants, scholarships, student employment, and loans every year. To be considered for financial aid of any kind, students must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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