Shippensburg University Of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg University Of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, also referred to as Ship or SU, is a public university located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1871. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Shippensburg University among the top public universities in the North in its "America's Best Colleges 2009" edition. It was also included in the 2007 edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best Northeastern Colleges".

Shippensburg University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in several fields of study. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Education and Human Services
  • John L. Grove College of Business
  • School of Academic Programs and Services
  • School of Graduate Studies

Shippensburg University is member of the NCAA Division II and competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The sports teams are nicknamed the Raiders.

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg , PA 17257-2299
General Phone: (717) 477-7447

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Shippensburg University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management354business management, logistics, accounting, finance, organizational behavior, management science, marketing
Education and Teaching315curriculum and instruction, elementary/middle school admin, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, elementary school teaching, reading teaching
Liberal Arts296French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, economics, geography, geography courses, ...
Therapy and Counseling107psychology
Security and Law Enforcement106criminal justice and safety
Science105biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Family and Social Work104public administration, social work
Media95communication studies, journalism
Computer Science and Engineering67computer and info science, information science, systems analyst
Conservation and Resource Management32environmental studies
Art Studies28art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7exercise science

Number of programs and degrees for Shippensburg University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,26933
Master's degree34920
Postbaccalaureate certificate221

Shippensburg University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Shippensburg University had a total enrollment of 7,765 students (7,103 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 6%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 36%
20-21 31%
22-24 16%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey2%

Shippensburg University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %
Part-Time 57 %

Shippensburg University Room and Board (2007)

Shippensburg University offers campus housing for 2,643 of its 7,103 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Shippensburg University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450540
SAT Math440550
SAT Writing440540

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT100%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT7%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Shippensburg University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,099
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,229
Room and board $ 6,252
Room charge $ 3,640
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,964
Books and supplies $ 1,090
Other expenses $ 2,259

Financial Aid:
Shippensburg University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 332600)

Shippensburg University Faculty

Shippensburg University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5347
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1612

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year62$96,44134$96,338
Associate professoracademic year57$76,84147$75,582
Assistant professoracademic year64$61,97544$59,855
Instructoracademic year5$45,2916$43,265
All faculty totalacademic year188$77,405131$74,206

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Shippensburg University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
Basketball Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
Baseball Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
Track Pennsylvania Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports226183

Shippensburg University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geography, Other
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric


Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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