Shawnee State University

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Shawnee State University (SSU) is a public university in Portsmouth, Ohio. It is the state’s newest state-supported institution of higher learning. SSU has over 4,300 students and a student faculty ratio of 18:1. Each year the school provides its students with over $1.5 million in merit and needs-based scholarships. SSU offers over 80 associate and bachelor’s degree programs and several master’s degree programs.

General Information

Admission Office

940 Second Street

Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 351-4778

(800) 959-2778

Fax: (740) 351-3111

Contact: Bob Trusz

Director of Admissions
Main Address

940 Second Street

Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 354-3205

Total undergrads: 3,935

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 610

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,919

Graduate enrollment: 41


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $5,832 $5,832 $6,132 $6,546 +6.75%
Books and Supplies $1,440 $1,440 $1,440 $1,440 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,614 $7,874 $8,148 $8,416 +3.29%
Other $3,770 $6,938 $2,834 $3,060 +7.97%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $18,656 $22,084 $18,554 $19,462 +4.89%
In-state Off Campus $7,272 $7,272 $7,572 $7,986 +5.47%
In-state with Family $7,272 $7,272 $7,572 $7,986 +5.47%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $7,560
In-state Student Fees $588
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $18,459
Out-of-state Fees $588

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 559 94%
Grant or scholarship aid 442 74% $2,204,793 $4,988
• Federal grants 288 48% $1,140,008 $3,958
• Pell grants 280 47% $963,692 $3,442
• Other federal grants 184 31% $176,316 $958
State/local government grant or scholarships 216 36% $427,632 $1,980
Institutional grants or scholarships 236 40% $637,153 $2,700
Student loan aid 398 67% $2,255,984 $5,668
• Federal student loans 396 66% $2,165,309 $5,468
• Other student loans 17 3% $90,675 $5,334

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 346 16 235 2
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 24 1
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 24 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 67 26
Accounting 9
Business Administration and Management 67
Business/commerce 5
Executive Assistant/executive Secretary 8
Management Information Systems 4
Education 43 5
Art Teacher Education 1
Education/teaching Of Individuals In Elementary Special Education Programs 1
Elementary Education and Teaching 6
History Teacher Education 1
Kindergarten/preschool Education and Teaching 23 5
Mathematics Teacher Education 3
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 1
Social Studies Teacher Education 1
Special Education and Teaching, Other 6
Teacher Assistant/aide
Engineering 6
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 6
Engineering Technology 16 11 2
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 6
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 3 2
Electromechanical Technology/electromechanical Engineering Technology 6
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields, Other 7
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/technician 3 2
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 6
English Language and Literature 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 25 16 178
Athletic Training/trainer 5
Clinical/medical Laboratory Technician 13
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 16
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 1
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 24
Occupational Therapist Assistant 23
Occupational Therapy/therapist 16
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 18
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 20 72
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 11
History 15
History 15
Legal and Law Studies 3
Legal Administrative Assistant/secretary 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 17 4
General Studies 17
Humanities/humanistic Studies 4
Mathematics and Statistics 3 2
Mathematics 3 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Sciences
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 23
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 23
Physical Sciences 6
Chemistry 6
Psychology 30
Psychology 30
Social Sciences 35 5
International Relations and Affairs 6
Social Sciences 18 5
Sociology 11
Visual and Performing Arts 30
Art/art Studies 30
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 100%

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A
Arts – General B
Ceramics B
Drama/Theater Arts A
Drawing B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General A
Painting B
Photography B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A
Banking/Financial Services A
Business Administration/Management A,B
Finance/Banking A
Management Information Systems B
Office Management A
Real Estate A

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric A

Computer & Information Sciences

Web/Multimedia Design C
Web/Multimedia Management C


Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
History Teacher Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B

Engineering Technologies

CAD/CADD Drafting/Design A,C
Computer Engineering A,B,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,B
Electromechanical Technologies A
Environmental Engineering Technology B

Plastics A,B,C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Sign Language Interpretation C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science A
Dental Hygiene A
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Nursing (RN) A,B
Occupational Therapy Assistance A
Physical Therapy Assistance A
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Respiratory Therapy A


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A,B


Mathematics – General A,B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Natural Sciences A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

International Relations B
Social Sciences – General A,B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Shawnee State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (740) 354-3205
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 940 Second St, Portsmouth, OH 45662
Setting: Town: Fringe
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,641
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 24%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,421 (66% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,265
Out-of-state Tuition: $14,189
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,732

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Shawnee State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Shawnee State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 112
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 55
Education 1152
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 45
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 851
History 1
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 2
Social Sciences 14
Visual and Performing Arts 12
Grand total 326644

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Shawnee State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,265
Out-of-state $14,189
Books and supplies $1,250

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,963
Out-of-state $22,633

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 589 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 543 89% $5,732
Student loan aid 370 61% $5,674

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,455 79% $6,159
Federal student loans 1,781 58% $6,374

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Shawnee State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Shawnee State University students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Shawnee State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,641
Undergraduate enrollment 3,466
Graduate enrollment 175

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Shawnee State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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