Shippensburg University student-athletes outpace national graduation rate

Student-athlete graduates

Shippensburg University student-athletes are standing out in the classroom and on the field! In 2019, Shippensburg University student-athletes surpassed the NCAA Division II national four-year graduation rate by more than 10 percent. The Shippensburg University Raiders boasted a 69 percent graduation rate for student-athletes who received athletic aid. The national four-year graduation rate for Division II athletes was 58 percent.

With a strong focus on student success, the university understands that the needs of student-athletes are unique, so it has created programs in recent years to meet those needs.

In the fall of 2019, the university opened the Kathryn Hughes Seaber Raiders Academic Center for Student-Athletes. Located in the Lehman Library, the center is a one-stop-shop for student-athletes to receive academic support. Director Madeline Mulhall ’18, acts as a liaison and activist for students, helping them navigate and balance their course load with the demands of their athletic seasons.

The Faculty-Athletic Mentor (FAM) program, under the direction and leadership of Dr. Rich Zumkhawala-Cook, partners a faculty member with each athletic team. The faculty members attend as many games and practices as possible and are resources for team members, recruits, parents and anyone else associated with the team.

The Shippensburg University Raiders are members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), featuring 11 women’s and 9 men’s programs that compete in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).