Semester Information - Spring 2016

Academic Calendar  Dates & Deadlines  Schedule Adjustment 
Returning to Campus  New Student Info  Dining Halls 
Parking  Textbooks  Withdraws/Refunds 
Phone Numbers  Graduation App  Final Exam Schedule 

Dates and Deadlines

Saturday January 2 Schedule Adjustment begins for all UG students except incoming freshmen
Saturday January 2 Undergraduate Non-Degree registration begins
MondayJanuary 4Deadline to submit applications for May and August graduation in Registrar's Office
Monday January 18 MLK Day, no classes
Tuesday January 19
Regular class schedule begins 
Tuesday   January 19 Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option begins-Use Web Form at
Tuesday January 26 Last day to drop/add classes for ALL students (Graduate, Undergraduate & Non-Degree-POT 1)
Wednesday January 27 Withdrawal from courses with "W" grades begins for ALL students online. If it is necessary to withdraw from all classes, undergraduates must contact their academic dean's office.  Graduate students and non-degree students must contact the Registrar's Office.
Tuesday February 2
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option ends
Tuesday February 2
Deadline for submitting forms for Major Changes in Education programs.
Tuesday       February 9
Deadline for submitting forms for Major Changes in high-demand programs.
Wednesday February 17
Deadline for grade appeals and grade changes for Fall 2015
Friday March 4 Early Warning grades DUE online - 4:00 p.m.
March 4
Spring break begins, 4:00 p.m.
Monday March 7 Deadline for submitting forms for Major Changes in non-high-demand programs (some programs may be earlier dates)
Monday March 14
Classes resume, 8:00 a.m.
March 18
Deadline for grade appeals and grade change for Winter 2015
March 29
Withdraw from classes with "W" grade - final day (G & UG) for Part of Term 1
March 21-May 18
Tentative Graduate Summer Term A Scheduling
March 21-June 29
Tentative Graduate Summer Term B Scheduling
March 21-Sept. 6 Tentative Graduate FALL Scheduling
March 28-April 18 Tentative Undergraduate FALL Scheduling
March 28-May 18
Tentative Undergraduate Summer Term A Scheduling
March 30-June 29
Tentative Undergraduate Summer Term B Scheduling
April 25-May 6
Tentative FALL Schedule Clean-Up for UG students
Friday April 29 Day and evening classes end
May 2 - May 6 Final exams
Friday May 6 Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Saturday May 7 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Thursday May 12 Grades Due online at 3:00 p.m.



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 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2016.



Your class schedule for the semester will be prepared by the Registrar's Office in conjunction with your academic department.  You may view your schedule via myShip at


Entering freshmen will not be able to schedule adjust. If you have special circumstances, contact your Dean's Office starting Tuesday, January 19.


Parts of Term – Spring 2016 Semester


Part of Term       Course Start & End Dates             Last Day Drop/Add          Last Day W Grade 

1  (Full Term)        Jan. 19-May 6               Jan. 26                         Mar. 29

2                         Jan. 25-Apr. 24              Jan. 30                         Mar. 24

3                         Jan. 4-Mar. 6                 Jan. 7                           Feb. 12

4                         Mar. 14-May 8               Mar. 17                         Apr. 19

5                         Jan. 19-Feb. 28             Jan. 21                         Feb. 15

6                         Feb. 29-Apr. 10             Mar. 2                           Mar. 25

7                         Jan. 19-Mar. 13             Jan. 22                         Feb. 24

8                         Mar. 14-May 8               Mar. 17                         Apr. 19

9                         Jan. 23-May 1               Jan. 29                         Apr. 1

10                       Jan. 25-Apr. 3               Jan. 29                         Mar. 10

11                        Feb. 8-Apr. 1                 Feb. 11                        Mar. 15

12                       Jan. 11-Mar 4                Jan. 14                         Feb. 16

13                       Mar. 7-Apr. 29               Mar. 10                         Apr. 12

14                       Jan. 4-Apr. 29              Jan. 11                         Mar. 22

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 477-1444 or visit


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 Tuesday, March 29, 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. 

Graduate students must contact the Registrar's Office to withdraw from their last class.

Refund Schedule

The refund policy is 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 May or August, you must submit an application by Monday, January 4. An application fee of $35.00 per Bachelor's degree or $60 per Master's degree is required at this time. Graduate Commencement will be held on Friday, May 6 and Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7.

View graduation process  

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 the Registrar News portion of the myShip portal for official times and room assignments after the updated final exam schedule is posted.



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May 5


May 6

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. MWF

9:30 a.m. TR


8:00 a.m. TR

8:00 a.m. MWF

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

12:00 p.m. MWF

11:00 a.m. TR

11:00 a.m. MWF


10:00 a.m. MWF

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. MW & MWF

2:00 p.m. TR

1:00 p.m. MWF

12:30 p.m. TR


3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m.MW


3:00 OR 3:30 p.m. (ALL)

5:00 p.m. TR


6:30 p.m.

Monday Night Classes

Tuesday Night Classes

Wednesday Night Classes

Thursday Night Classes


Students who have a conflict of 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.

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.