Shawnee State University

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940 Second Street

Portsmouth, OH 45662

Phone: (740) 354-3205
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Shawnee State University is a public institution that was founded in 1986. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,554, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Shawnee State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,177 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,291 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Shawnee State University - the regional state university of Southern Ohio - prepares students for the changing needs of business, industry, education, and society through its diversified degree programs. Recognizing the importance of knowledge, values, and cultural enrichment, Shawnee State University is committed to providing and undergraduate education that fosters competence in oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, and critical analysis/logical thinking. To enrich the lives of the community, the University provides opportunities for continuing personal and professional development, intellectual discovery, and appreciation for the creative and performing arts.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1986
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $13,170,076


When applying to Shawnee State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.2 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Shawnee State University is 19:1, and the school has 44.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Shawnee State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Art/Art Studies, General; Sport and Fitness Administration/Management; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 52 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 9%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 16%
Art/Art Studies, General 10%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 9%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Shawnee State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,554, with a gender distribution of 42.3 percent male students and 57.7 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 77 percent of students live off campus. Shawnee State University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,652
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Shawnee State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, and health service. Shawnee State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Shawnee State University, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Shawnee State University.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered No

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In-state tuition and fees $7,177 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $12,291 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,368 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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