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Director's Welcome

Hello students! On behalf of the orientation team, I'd like to wish you good luck on finals. We hope your transition to Shippensburg University has gone well thus far. For those of you who will be joining us in the summer as orientation leaders, plans are underway for our summer orientation program and applications are open 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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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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Transfer Students 

As an incoming Transfer student, chances are you have been through an Orientation program before. You may even feel like going to another orientation program will just be a repeat of the last one, however, we want to make your first experience as a new Ship student as unique and helpful as possible. We are working on an individualized orientation program that speaks to the specific needs of Transfer students. Before orientation, please send in your transcripts so they can be evaluated and you can schedule your courses.

Please be in touch with our Transfer Ambassadors who would be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Here is what you can expect to find at Summer Orientation: 

  • Help with Registration and Scheduling issues: There will be staff available to assist you with getting your schedule just right.  Any issues or errors can be fixed with a visit to the RAFT room (Registration Area for Troubleshooting).  Also, don’t forget you can adjust your schedule when you come back in the fall. * Please remember to bring your transcripts if you haven’t already sent them!*
  • Valuable insight into the SHIP campus and community: There are many opportunities for SHIP students to become involved in, both on campus and within the community.  We have Academic based clubs, Arts and Leisure clubs, Social Media clubs, Multicultural organizations and Service clubs, just to name a few.  Most of our Orientation Leaders are involved in various activities and will be glad to talk more about how you can become involved. 
  • A chance to connect with current and incoming SHIP students: Orientation is a great time to meet new people.  Yes it can be awkward at first, but making connections with other students can ease the transition to a new college. You will have the opportunity to talk to new students, just like you, as well as current students.  

      For incoming transfer students, we know housing is a major priority and on campus housing for transfer students specifically is still available. To find out more about the housing options in the Mowrey residence hall, please contact our Director for New Student Orientation, Donna Gross. 

         Just like college, Orientation is what you make of it! Listen, ask questions, 

                        talk to people and enjoy yourself! We’ll see you soon! 


    FAQs- Transfers

    How many credits should I complete before transferring? 
    What courses can I take at a community college to transfer to Ship? 
    How many credits can I transfer to Shippensburg University? 
    When will I know how many credits transfer? 
    Do grades of 'D' transfer?
    When can I meet with an admissions counselor to discuss the transfer process?
    When will I be assigned an advisor?
    When do I register for the classes? 
    Can transfer students live on campus?
    Can transfer students participate in athletics?


    How many credits should I complete before transferring? 

    You may transfer at any time. However, if you transfer with less than 12 college-level credits, your admission will based upon your high school GPA, high school class rank and cumulative college GPA. If you transfer with more than 12 credits, the admission decision is based on your college GPA.

    What courses can I take at a community college to transfer to Ship? 

    Courses from most community colleges will transfer. Before registering at another college, you should contact the Transfer Coordinator in the Office of Admissions who can assist you in selecting courses that will transfer toward your Bachelor's Degree.

    How many credits can I transfer to Shippensburg University? 

    A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Shippensburg University to be awarded a Bachelor's Degree. Typically, only those credits needed in the degree program will transfe

    When will I know how many credits transfer? 

    After you are accepted, your transcripts are sent to the college that houses your major for final evaluation. You will receive a copy of your major curriculum and your transcript evaluation by mail from that college.

    Do grades of 'D' transfer? 

    Only grades of 'C' or better transfer though some exceptions are made for students who qualify for the Academic Passport Program.

    When can I meet with an admissions counselor to discuss the transfer process?
     
    Shippensburg Admissions Counselors visit most community colleges in Pennsylvania and Maryland each semester. View Community College Visit page for dates and times.

    If you attend a community college, please contact your Transfer Office for more information about Shippensburg or visit a Counselor when he or she visits your college.

    If you are transferring from a college or university not listed or are unable to visit with an Admissions representative at one of the schedule times, please contact the Office of Admissions for a phone appointment or campus visit.

    When will I be assigned an advisor? 

    You will meet with an advisor during Orientation to register for your fall classes, only after you have confirmed through the Office of Admissions.  In the fall, you will be assigned your advisor for future semesters.

    When do I register for the classes? 

    You will resgister for your fall classes during the one-day Orientation in June. If you are not able to attend orientation or you confirm your admissions after Orientation, your major department will register you for 12 credits in your major; you will be allowed to schedule an additional course and adjust your schedule during the week before the start of the semester (during orientation/welcome week). Courses may also be added and/or dropped during the add/drop time period for the semester. With the aid of your advisor, you will schedule yourself for the following semester's courses. 

    Can transfer students live on campus? 

    Transfer students may live on or off campus, however, transfer students must have more than 30 transferrable credits in order to live off campus. A list of rental properties in the Shippensburg area can be found in the Dean of Students Office.

    Can transfer students participate in athletics? 

    Yes, provided the student athlete meets NCAA eligibility requirements.