Shippensburg University

Founded in 1871 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School, Shippensburg University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Ship values its community feel, as is evident from our student-faculty ratio of 20-to-1. Personalized attention is key to both the success of our students and our academic programs, of which 13 are accredited.

Beyond the classroom, our students have access to unique resources, such as the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, a stock trading room, centers for entrepreneurial leadership and innovation, a fashion archives and museum, and the only public elementary lab school in the state.

Ship is located about an hour south of Harrisburg. Our campus is in the center of the East Coast’s major metropolitan areas, making Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and New York accessible options for students to visit and complete internships.


  • The only state university in Pennsylvania to offer degrees in Computer Engineering (BS), Electrical Engineering (BS), Entrepreneurship (BSBA), Mechanical Engineering (BS) and Software Engineering (BS).
  • Proud to award $79,000,000 annually in grants, scholarships, student employment and loans.
  • Proud to have one of only three programs in Pennsylvania accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • A place of active recruitment for over 2,000 employers looking to hire our students.
  • Proud to have one of only seven criminal justice programs (BS) in the United States certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • A safe and supportive environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors and does not tolerate sexual misconduct or domestic violence. Ship Says No More continually works to enhance this safe environment.
  • Equipped with a health center and other wellness resources on campus.
  • Able to save students 66% on tuition versus the average private college tuition.
  • Delighted to have a performing arts center on campus, drawing crowds for Broadway performances, comedians, symphonies, internationally-known speakers, pop and rock concerts and more.
  • Equipped with a recreation center, complete with an indoor track, racquetball and squash courts, four multi-purpose courts and plenty of weights and exercise equipment.
  • Always embracing the family feel across our 210 acre campus.


  • Proud to have a Fall 2017 enrollment of nearly 5,600 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students.
  • Ranked twelfth in the nation by Great College Deals for our Disability Studies program.
  • The winner of the 2016-2017 Dixon Trophy, the award given to the top overall athletics program in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. That marked the conference record of eight wins for Ship. No other university has won the Dixon Trophy more than three times.


  • 0 Courses Taught By Assistants – Only Our Faculty Members Teach
  • 3 Colleges (College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services, and the top-rated John L. Grove College of Business)
  • 3 Doctoral Programs
  • 18 Fulbright Scholars (16 Faculty, 2 Students)
  • 150+ Student Clubs
  • 20+ Intramural and Club Sports
  • 78% of First-Year Students Living on Campus

Ship was founded as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School in 1871 and received official recognition and approval by the commonwealth on February 21, 1873. Two months later, on April 15, we admitted our first class of 217 students from South Central Pennsylvania. Seeing greater potential for the school, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased it in 1917. Over the next few decades, great strides were made.

On November 12, 1982, the governor signed Senate Bill 506, establishing the State System of Higher Education. Shippensburg State College was designated Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1, 1983.

Learn more about Ship's history.

At Ship we're committed to sustainability in all areas of university life. Here you’ll find a wide variety of projects and practices to make campus life more sustainable.

We use single stream recycling, run our own farm and community garden, and we even have a professor who makes biodiesel from waste vegetable oil to run our ceramic kilns. We're also pursuing greener building practices for our campus facilities.

Learn more about Ship’s commitment to sustainability.

On August 7, 2017, Laurie A Carter, J.D., became the 17th president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to coming to Shippensburg University, Carter was the executive vice president and university counsel for Eastern Kentucky University, a regional, public university enrolling more than 16,000 students in Richmond, KY. As executive vice president at Eastern Kentucky, Carter served on the president’s cabinet and assumed responsibility for the university in the president’s absence. She provided leadership for 33 departments, including the University Counsel’s Office and the Division of Student Success, overseeing a budget of more than $71 million. She created the Student Success Center and initiated a program for first generation college students at EKU.

Learn more about President Carter.