Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

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1871 Old Main Drive

Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299

Phone: (717) 477-7447
2013-2014 Tuition
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#93 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a public institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,712, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 93. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,448 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,726 (2013-14).

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

Shippensburg University is a medium-sized public institution in south-central Pennsylvania within 150 miles of Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and Philadelphia, PA. Shippensburg is a comprehensive university offering bachelors and master degree programs in the college of arts and sciences, business, and education and human services. The curricula are organized to enable students both to develop their intellectual abilities and to obtain professional training in a variety of fields. Shippensburg University encourages high impact practices such as undergraduate student research, study abroad, internships, and service learning. Such educational opportunities are possible through the collective support and mentoring of students by faculty, staff, and administration as well as through partnerships, and arrangements with international universities and research facilities such as Wallaps Island, VA. The university also has a strong commitment to the development of a common core of general skills and competencies among its undergraduates. Among its institutional strengths are nationally accredited programs in teacher education, social work, counseling, computer science, and business. The university has several programs unique to the region and to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education including computer and software engineering, international studies, and disability studies as well as degree completion programs in health care administration and professional studies - technical leadership and administration. Master level-graduate and post-baccalaureate programming focuses on the professional needs of the university's service region and in support of broader economic development activities in the state of Pennsylvania.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1871
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $27,577,703


When applying to Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 80.6 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 80.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is 20:1, and the school has 24.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; and Marketing/Marketing Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 16%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 9%
Psychology, General 9%
Business Administration and Management, General 7%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6%

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Student Life

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,712, with a gender distribution of 49.7 percent male students and 50.3 percent female students. At this school, 33 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 67 percent of students live off campus. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,724
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 NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 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 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, 48 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Students who have cars on campus 48%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, 66.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,872.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,448 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,726 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,514 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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