Shippensburg University

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General Information

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a public liberal arts
college located about 40 miles southwest of Harrisburg, PA, in the
rural community of Shippensburg. It offers both bachelor’s and master’s
degrees. It was established in 1871 and became a university in 1983, as
one of the 14 universities that make up the State System of Higher
Education of Pennsylvania. As of fall 2012, there were 6,712
undergraduate students and 1,012 graduate students. The school has more
than 300 faculty members and boasts a 20:1 student/faculty ratio.

Admissions Information

Shippensburg has a $45.00 application fee for both regular and
online applications. 71% of students who apply are accepted and 72% of
freshmen students return for their sophomore year. Students who apply
may request a fee waiver if it can be determined to be a hardship for
the student to pay it, but the request must come from the student’s
high school guidance counselor. Students who apply by mail can expedite
the application process by having their application, high school
transcripts, and SAT and/or ACT scores mailed together from their high
school. Transfer students must also provide scores from their previous
school(s). The application process can be checked online. Tuition is
currently $6,622 per year with $2,826 as the cost for fees for in-state
residents and $14,900 per year with $3,016 in fees.

College Majors

Shippensburg offers majors in the following fields:

  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, and Marketing
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Foreign Language and Literature
  • Health Professions and Clinical Sciences
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, and Fitness
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration and Services
  • Security and Protective Services
  • Social Services

Undergraduate Programs

Shippensburg offers Bachelor’s Degrees in the following programs:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Physics/Engineering (Dual 3 + 2)
  • Art and Design (including Education Certification)
  • Biology (including Biotechnology/Pre-Forensic
    Sciences, Clinical Sciences Concentration, Health Professions
    Concentration, and Secondary Education Certification)
  • Chemistry (including Biochemistry Concentration, Health Professions Concentration, and Secondary Education Certification)
  • Communication/Journalism
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Graphics
  • Criminal Justice
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Economics
  • Early Childhood/Elementary Education
  • Engineering (Dual 3 + 2)
  • English (including Secondary Education Certification and Writing Concentration)
  • Exercise Science
  • Finance
  • French (including Secondary Education Certification)
  • Geoenvironmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Healthcare Administration
  • History
  • Human Communication Studies
  • Information Technology for Business Education (including Secondary Education Certification)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Studies
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics (including Secondary Education Certification)
  • Military Science (ROTC)
  • Physics (including Secondary Education Certification)
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Supply Chain Management and Operation.

There are also Pre-Health Professional Options for Biology in
Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy,
Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Optometry, and Pre-Veterinary
Medicine. There is a Pre-Forensic Program and a Pre-Law Program.

Graduate Programs

Shippensburg offers MS Degrees in the following programs:

Administration of Justice


Communication Studies

Computer Science


Geoenvironmental Studies

Organizational Development and Leadership

Psychological Science.

The school offers MA Degrees for Applied History and
Teaching/Science Education and an MBA for Business Administration. They
offer MEd for Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education,
Reading, School Administration, and Special Education. They also offer
a Masters of Social Work degree in cooperation with Millersville (PA)
University, and an MPA in Public Administration. There are Certificate
programs for Couples and Family Therapy, Management Information
Systems, Principal’s Certification, Superintendent’s Letter of
Eligibility, and Supervisory Certificate I.

Online Degrees and Programs

On the graduate level, Shippensburg offers Certificate programs for
Advanced Studies in Business and Early Childhood Director Credential.
For undergraduate credit work, Shippensburg offers several classes that
can be taken online. Freshmen are required to have taken at least 12
credits and have a 2.0 GPA before applying for any online work.


US News and World Report
rank Shippensburg #93 in the North Region.


Shippensburg is accredited by the Middle States Commission on
Higher Education, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of
Business, the American Chemical Society, the National Council for the
Accreditation of Teachers, the Council on Social Work Education, the
International Association of Counseling Services, and the Council for
the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

Shippensburg consists of the following colleges and schools:

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Education and Human Services

John L. Grove College of Business

School of Academic Programs and Services

School of Graduate Studies

Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education Studies.

A Study Abroad Program and an Honors Program are available.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Shippensburg accepts the following grants: PHEAA State Grant,
Federal PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant,
and Federal TEACH Grant. They accept the following Loans: Federal
Direct Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, alternative student loans (such as a
non-federal loan from a private lending institution), and the Federal
Perkins Loan. There are numerous scholarships that students may apply
for on the freshman and upperclassmen levels, as well as athletic
scholarships and those from the PA State System of Higher Education
Foundation Scholarships.

Library System

Shippensburg has two libraries on campus. The Lehman Library is a
full service library and the Luhrs Library specializes in resources for
elementary education services.


The Shippensburg Raiders compete at the NCAA Division II
intercollegiate level. They offer the following men’s sports: baseball,
basketball, cross country, football, track and field, soccer, swimming,
and wrestling. They offer the following women’s sports: basketball,
cross country, field hockey, track and field, lacrosse, soccer,
softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

Student Housing

Shippensburg’s room rates for both in-state and out-of-state
students range from $4,180 to $8,858 and meal plans that range from
$2,900 to $4,398. If they wish, students can arrange for their own
roommates and rooms online. There are currently eight residence halls
available, with plans for more in the near future. The school also
offers a service to connect students to potential places to live off

General Information

Admission Office
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
(717) 477-1231
(800) 822-8028
Fax: (717) 477-4016

Contact: Thomas Speakman
Dean of Enrollment Services
Main Address
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
(717) 477-7447

Total undergrads: 6,733
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,724
Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,634
Graduate enrollment: 1,209

Rural setting
Small town (2,500 – 9,999)
Residential campus


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 71%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 72%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Systems Analysis B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Elementary Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health System Administration B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Multi-interdisciplinary studies, interdisciplinary arts B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Geographic information systems C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government 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

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (717) 477-7447
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Setting: Town: Fringe
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 6,084
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 52%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,825 (96% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $13,544
Out-of-state Tuition: $21,586
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 91%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,252

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

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 382
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 137
Engineering 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 42
Health Professions and Related Programs 12
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Social Sciences 14
Visual and Performing Arts 11
Grand total 184117

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 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 $13,544
Out-of-state $21,586
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,970
Out-of-state $16,830

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 1,234 91%
Grant or scholarship aid 903 67% $7,252
Student loan aid 1,059 78% $9,836

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,379 62% $6,951
Federal student loans 3,740 68% $6,445

Admissions & Enrollment

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

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 6,019 2,748 3,271
Percent admitted 100% 90% 92%
Percent admitted who enrolled 22% 23% 20%

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

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 6,084
Undergraduate enrollment 5,274
Graduate enrollment 810

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

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • 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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