Organizations for Non-Traditional Students

Non-Traditional Student Organization at Shippensburg University

The Nontraditional Student Organization (NTSO) is for adult students who are older than traditional freshmen, who have had a break in their formal learning experience and now are returning to the university or entering the university for the first time. Any undergraduate, full-time, part-time, or extended studies students registered at Shippensburg University is considered a member of this organization.

The NTSO has proven to be a strong support system for adult students. The organization encourages active participation through the board and corresponding committees. Meeting times are held biweekly as decided by the board members. Input from current members helps direct the focus of the educational and social programs offered each year.

To learn more about Non-Traditional Students at Shippensburg University, please watch our video.

Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (A.N.T.S.H.E.)

A.N.T.S.H.E. is an international partnership of students, academic professionals, institutions, and organizations whose mission is to encourage and coordinate support, education, and advocacy for the adult learner.

Through A.N.T.S.H.E., the University participates in Pinnacle, a national honor society for Non-Traditional Students.

 All students selected for induction in Pinnacle must meet the following criteria:

  1. Qualify as adult or Non-Traditional students under Shippensburg University’s definition;
  2. Preferably have senior status, although exceptional juniors may be selected for membership;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, not necessarily including hours taken as a student of traditional age;
  4. Have been involved in at least three campus and/or community activities;
  5. Demonstrate leadership, persistence, and future promise;
  6. Maintain the highest ethical standards.