Semester Information - Fall 2015

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Dates and Deadlines

August  1  Schedule Adjustment Begins for all students (except incoming freshmen)
  1  Undergraduate Non-Degree registration begins
Deadline to submit applications for December and January graduation in Registrar's Office.
Regular Class Schedule Begins
  24 Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory option begins-Use Web Form at
Last day to drop and add classes for ALL students in Part of Term 1
September  1
Withdrawal from course with "W" grade begins for ALL students online for Part of Term 1.  If it is necessary to withdraw from all of your classes, undergraduate students must contact their Academic Dean's Office. Graduate students and non-degree undergraduates must contact the Registrar's Office.
  7Labor Day (University Closed)
Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory option ends - 4:30 pm
  8Deadline for submitting forms for major changes in Education programs (PK-4 & 4-8)
Deadline for submitting forms for major changes in high-demand programs
Deadline for grade changes and grade appeals for Spring 2015
October  5
Change of major deadline for non-high-demand programs
Fall Break begins - 4:00 pm
Early Warning Grades due online - 4:00 p.m.
Early Warning Grades will be processed
Classes resume - 8:00 am
Oct 19-Jan 26 Graduate Scheduling at 
Oct 26-Nov 16
Undergraduate Scheduling at 
November  2
Final day for withdrawal from classes with "W" grade for Part of Term 1 (Full Term)
Thanksgiving Break begins - 8:00 am
Classes Resume - 8:00 am

Schedule Clean-up for spring begins at  
Day and evening classes end
Final Exams
Graduate Commencement
 Schedule Clean-up for spring ends at  
Undergraduate Commencement
Grades due online at 3:00 pm


Schedule Adjustment

Schedule adjustment for returning students may be done through the myShip portal. For more information, go to:

This site may be reached from off-campus using any web browser. Students may drop or add any courses which are not restricted or closed.

To schedule courses which are restricted or closed, you must contact the appropriate department office for an override. This may be done during the Schedule Adjustment period.

Returning to Campus

Residence hall check-in for returning students begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Parts of Term – Fall 2015 Semester 


Part of Term  Course Start & End Dates  Last Day Drop/Add Last Day W Grade 
1-Full Term Aug 24-Dec 11 Aug. 31
Nov. 2
2 Sept 7-Dec 6 Sept. 12 Nov. 5
3 Aug 17-Oct 11
Aug.  20 Sept. 22
4 Oct 12-Dec 13   
Oct.  15 Nov. 20
5 Aug 31-Oct 11  Sept.  2 Sept. 25
6 Oct 12-Nov 22   
Oct.  14 Nov.   6
7 Aug 24-Oct 18
Aug.  27 Sept. 29
8 Oct 19-Dec 13
Oct.  22 Nov.  24
Sept 12-Dec 6
Sept.  17
Nov.  12
10 Oct 3-Nov 14
Oct.  5 Nov.  5




Entering freshmen will not be permitted to schedule adjust. If you have special circumstances, contact your Dean's Office starting Monday, August 24.

Dining Hall Hours

Please refer to the Dining Services web site for information regarding campus food services.

Parking Decals

If you plan to operate a car on campus, you will need to purchase a parking decal. Failure to register your vehicle will result in a fine. Decals are available through the University Police, located in the Reed Operations Center. For more information, call (717) 477-1444.


Textbooks may be purchased at the University Store in the Ceddia Union Building.

Bookstore Hours

Contact the University store at (717) 477-1600 for hours of operation or visit their web site here.

Withdrawal From University

To withdraw completely from the University, you must notify your academic dean's office. The deadline to withdraw without academic penalty (with grades of "W") is Monday, November 2, for Part of Term 1. If you stop attending class but do not withdraw, you will remain registered and will receive a grade of "F" for the course. You will not receive refunds or adjustments to your account if you do not officially notify the University of your withdrawal. It is important to notify your dean's office in a timely way.

Refund Schedule

The refund policy mandated by the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education. That policy is available through  Student Accounts.


In some cases a student may owe a balance to the University after Title IV aid is returned.

Information concerning the detailed application of the refund policy can be obtained by contacting the Student Accounts Office at 477-1211.

Refund polices are subject to change by the State System of Higher Education. 

Important Phone Numbers

To call these offices from a campus phone, dial the 4-digit extension listed below.  To dial these numbers from off campus, use (717) 477- then the number.

Student Accounts(bills, payment) 1211
Financial Aid(loans, grants, work-study) 1131
Registrar's Office(scheduling, transcripts) 1381
Dean of Students(housing) 1164
Dean, College of Business 1620
Dean, College of Education and Human Services 1141
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 1151
Dean, Division of Undeclared Majors 1395
University Store 1600
University Police (parking decals, IDs)  1444
Hot Line (for University closings) 1200

 Application for Graduation

If you plan to graduate in December or January, you must submit an application by Monday, August 3.  An application fee of $35.00 per Bachelor's degree or $60 per Master's degree is required at the time of application. Graduate Commencement will be held on Friday, December 11 and Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 12. 

View graduation process and download form 

Graduation Rate

Under the provisions of the Student Right-to-Know Act universities must report the graduation rate of students. This rate is based on full- time students who entered the institution as first time freshmen. It includes all students who have completed their course of study in 150% of the normal time for completion or graduation.

As a four-year institution, Shippensburg University reports the rate for students who have graduated up to six years after initially enrolling. The most recent class for which these figures can be calculated entered the University in the fall of 2008. The graduation rate for this class is 55%. 

Release of Student Information

Under federal law, Shippensburg University may release directory information about current students.  Directory information includes name, home/local addresses and phone numbers, e-mail address, enrollment status, major, degree and honors.  This information is provided to callers and is also available on the University's website.  If you do not want this information to be released, you must complete a form in the Registrar's Office instructing the University to withhold your directory information.  Please visit for more information.

First Day Attendance

The first day attendance policy allows faculty to remove you from a course if you do not attend the first class session and do not provide notice to the faculty or the department secretary.  This also applies to the first class after you add a course during schedule adjustment.
If you are dropped from a course for not attending the first class, you may only reschedule it if it is still open during schedule adjustment.
Even if you do not attend the first class, you are still responsible for dropping the course during schedule adjustment.  Otherwise, you may remain scheduled for the course and receive a grade of "F" for nonattendance. You may also be charged for the course.

Final Exam Schedule

Check Student Information System for official times and room assignments after the updated final exam schedule is posted.



Dec. 7


Dec. 8


Dec. 9


Dec. 10


Dec. 11

8:00 - 10:00  

8:00 MWF

8:00 TR


9:30 TR

9:00 MWF

10:30 - 12:30

10:00 MWF


11:00 MWF

11:00 TR  

12:00 MWF

1:00 - 3:00

1:00 MWF

12:30 TR

2:00 MW & MWF

2:00 TR


3:30 - 5:30

3:00 or 3:30  All

5:00 TR

5:00 MW



6:30 p.m.

Monday Night Classes

Tuesday Night Classes

Wednesday Night Classes

Thursday Night Classes


In case of inclement weather, the following schedule may be followed:
1. If a final exam scheduled for 5:15 p.m. or later is canceled, it will be rescheduled for Friday night.
2. If finals are delayed in the morning, a compressed schedule will be followed: 8:00 finals will begin at 10:00, 10:30 finals will begin at 12:00, 1:00 finals will begin at 2:00, and 3:30 finals will begin at 4:00. If a student has two finals back-to-back they will be allowed time to arrive for the second final.
3. If finals are canceled in the afternoon, those finals will begin during the empty time slot on Friday. 
4. If an entire day is canceled, finals will be made up on the following Monday.

Students who have a conflict or more than two finals in one day should work with the faculty teaching the courses no later than the week before finals to resolve the problem.