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Director's Welcome

Hello students! With midterms and class scheduling on the horizon, we've already begun our planning process to meet our newest prospective students. With our Summer 2014 Orientation Team recently selected, we're excited about the opportunity to get to know a new class of students. That being said, please take the time to review the summer schedule and steps to take in order to prepare yourself for Orientation. Feel free to call our office or email us if you have any questions.


Donna Gross, Director of New Student Orientation

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Orientation Office
Shippensburg University
210 Old Main
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Voice: 717-477-1164
FAX: 717-477-4007

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GPS Instructions

We hope you’re getting excited about the experience ahead—the beginning of your collegiate journey at Shippensburg University! We realize that you have various educational options, and we are honored that you have selected SHIP. We are committed to creating a responsive learning environment in which you have the greatest potential for success. At SHIP, you will find many people who will help you along the way and many resources that are available to assist you to reach your goals.

Getting off to a good start is a key to your successful journey at SHIP. Your summer Orientation will assist you in starting your journey in the right direction. But, to get the most out of Orientation, you need to come prepared.

A key activity at Orientation will be to register for your first semester courses. The GPS – Getting Prepared for SHIP portal is designed to guide you to helpful information about registering for courses and answer some of the questions that you may have as you prepare to launch your SHIP experience. By reviewing this material in advance, you will come to Orientation prepared to register for courses that are appropriate for your educational and personal goals.

So, please take the time to explore the various components of the portal and to go back and review the items that may be most relevant for you. Please remember that reviewing the GPS does not replace your responsibility to attend Orientation.

To access GPS: Getting Prepared for Ship follow these instructions:

Please note: Due to an issue between Mediasite and Internet Explorer, the videos in the GPS are best viewed through Firefox.

1. In your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) log onto the Desire2Learn (D2L) platform by typing in the following URL:


2. Click on the Ship Faculty and Student Login button (highlighted below).


3. Using your Shippensburg University email username only (Sample username: Ab1234) and your email password, log into D2L.

4. In the My Courses area of the My Home page, under the No Semester category, click on the following link: CRSGEN-800-2013 - GPS: Getting Prepared for Ship (2013)


For questions about the registration process and academic advisement, please contact your academic department. If you are undeclared, contact the Office of Undeclared Students at (717) 477-1395. For questions about Orientation, please visit the Orientation website at or contact the Dean of Students Office at (717) 477-1640.

Again, thank you for choosing Shippensburg University. The faculty, staff, and your fellow shipmates look forward to your arrival!