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Director's Welcome

Hello students! On behalf of the orientation team, I'd like to wish you good luck this semester. We hope your transition to Shippensburg University has gone well thus far. For those of you who will be joining us in January, plans are underway for our spring orientation program and we will soon open up applications for orientation leader positions. Feel free to call our office or email us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Gross, Director of New Student Orientation

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Important Links

Student Handbook 

University Policies and Course Descriptions 

Academic Major Planning Guide 

Parents Guide for Undeclared Students

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Important Notices:

Meningitis Vaccine

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Contacts

Orientation Office
Shippensburg University
210 Old Main
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Voice: 717-477-1164
FAX: 717-477-4007
Email: orientation@ship.edu 

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Campus Resources

University resources are listed by topic below as a quick guide to campus resources

Academics

Bookstore: The University Bookstore has everything you need from textbooks to Ship gear for your family and friends.

Career indecision: The career center is a great place to go for any career exploration needs you may have. When you find the right fit for you, they can also help you create resumes, apply for internships, and prepare for interviews. Whether you're a first year student or a senior, the career center can help you out!

Computer training: Whenever you have a computer problem you can't fix, the Shippensburg University Help Desk is available to help you navigate your technology concerns.Questions regarding computer recommendations, D2L, antivirus software, and student email are just a few of the topics that can be answered here.

Disability support/Learning Disability: The Office of Disability Services coordinates accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.  The office of disability services work with other departments and university students to lay the foundation of equal educational access to otherwise qualified individuals and provide accommodations to university faculty and staff with documented disabilities. 

Financial aid/Paying for College: The Financial Aid office can provide you with information regarding tuition cost, scholarships, student employment, and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  

International student services: Our study abroad office also consults with International Students that are coming to Shippensburg University. They are the best source of information for application procedures, employment options, and are connected to the International Student Organization.

Internships: The career center is a great place to go for internship and job programs to help you find the right fit for you when you start looking at career opportunities.

International Study: If you have any interest in studying abroad during your undergraduate career, The Study Abroad Office is the right place to go. A list of informational session times regarding study abroad opportunities can be found on this site as well as eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions.

Tutoring: The Learning Center provides a variety of tutoring services across all majors on campus.Whether your need help understanding a new topic in class, gaining new study skills, or editing a paper, the learning center can help.

Writing skills: The Writing Studio provides tutoring across a variety of subjects and is located within the Learning Center. Students can find help here for both written and oral communication assignments and are encouraged to engage in active revisions of their work.


Campus Life

Campus employment: The Financial Aid office provides a list that can be found here regarding both on campus and off campus job opportunities for students.

Involvement opportunities: A list of clubs and organizations may help you decide what to get involved with during your time at Shippensburg but don't forget to check out the Student Involvement and Services Fair held annually the Sunday before fall semester starts. 

Meal Plan: Information regarding how to change a meal plan can be found here through the university account office while information regarding meal plan options, on campus dining locations, catering and specials can be found at www.dineoncampus.com/ship.

Parking information: Parking information on campus is provided by the Public Safety department on campus including information on the cost of parking decals, locations parking is allowed, and how to purchase parking permits.

Performances: The Luhr’s Performing Arts Center houses many large performances on campus with everything from dance lessons to musical performances and a wide variety of concerts.

Roommate problems: First and foremost, roommate issues should be brought to the Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Director (RD) of your building. If, for some reason, you feel more comfortable talking to an RD than your RA, RD contact information can be found on the housing contacts page for when they aren't in their office.

Safety and security: Safety and security is regulated by the campus Public Safety Department. Information can be found here regarding emergency contacts, campus maps, evacuation procedures, crime statistics, and school policies and procedures. 


Health and Wellness

Adjusting to college: The Counseling center, located in McLean II, is a right place to go as it provides individual, couples, and group counseling, crisis intervention, and psychiatric services for undergraduate and graduate students. Some of students' more common concerns include difficulty with friends, roommates, or family members; major/career indecision; depression, anxiety, and stress; sexual concerns; lack of motivation and procrastination; difficulty concentrating or studying; eating concerns; alcohol or other drug abuse; and identity concerns such as confusion about beliefs and values.   

Health concerns: Etter Health Center, located in McLean II, is the place on campus to go for any illness or injury related needs. Information on off campus health care can also be found here along with information about the meningitis compliance form which is required to be filled out by students upon their arrival.

Recreational opportunities: The Shippensburg Recreation Center, also known as the Ship Rec has an abundance of recreational activities to get involved with. Their page lists facility hours, group fitness classes, and club and intramural sports. Not only does the Rec Center have an indoor and outdoor track, soccer fields, and weight lifting equipment, but Heiges field house, a building that is a part of the recreation facilities, houses a 25-yard pool that students and faculty may access.