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Director's Welcome

Hello students! For our current students: we hope your spring semester is going well. For our incoming students: welcome! We look forward to meeting and working with you over the next month. Our summer orientation leaders have been chosen and they are all very excited to work with you over the next few months. Feel free to call our office or email us if you have any questions regarding summer orientation.


Donna Gross, Director of New Student Orientation

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Orientation Office
Shippensburg University
210 Old Main
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Voice: 717-477-1164
FAX: 717-477-4007


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Steps to take before Orientation:

Step 1:
Activate your SU email account.

Step 2:
Take placement testing as needed
Click on “register for placement testing”

Step 3:
Register for Summer Orientation
through the Orientation website.

Step 4:
Schedule classes at New Student
Orientation. Prepare for scheduling by
reviewing Before Orientation: GPS.

GPS Instructions

We hope you’re getting excited about the experience ahead—the beginning of your collegiate journey at Shippensburg University! We realize that you have various educational options, and we are honored that you have selected SHIP. We are committed to creating a responsive learning environment in which you have the greatest potential for success. At SHIP, you will find many people who will help you along the way and many resources that are available to assist you to reach your goals.

Getting off to a good start is a key to your successful journey at SHIP. Your summer Orientation will assist you in starting your journey in the right direction. But, to get the most out of Orientation, you need to come prepared.

A key activity at Orientation will be to register for your first semester courses. The GPS – Getting Prepared for SHIP portal is designed to guide you to helpful information about registering for courses and answer some of the questions that you may have as you prepare to launch your SHIP experience. By reviewing this material in advance, you will come to Orientation prepared to register for courses that are appropriate for your educational and personal goals.

So, please take the time to explore the various components of the portal and to go back and review the items that may be most relevant for you. Please remember that reviewing the GPS does not replace your responsibility to attend Orientation.

To access Before Orientation GPS:

Please note: Due to an issue between Mediasite and Internet Explorer, the videos in the GPS are best viewed through Firefox.