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Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257

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Old Main 2 Image 150The School

  • Founded in 1871 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School
  • Member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • Offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Located in the Cumberland Valley, 40 miles southwest of Harrisburg

Our Students

  • Fall 2012 enrollment was 7,724 with 6,712 undergraduates and 1,012 graduate students
  • Approximately 2,630 undergraduates live on campus in nine residence halls, including three new halls opened in December, 2012
  • Shippensburg has attracted students from 15 nations and 20 states
  • Most students are from Pennsylvania

Faculty and Administration

  • Of our more than 300 full-time faculty, nearly 90% have terminal degrees
  • All classes are taught by faculty members (not graduate assistants)
  • The student/faculty ratio is 20 to 1, allowing for a personalized education


  • 75 undergraduate programs are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, and the John L. Grove College of Business
  • We offer eight pre-professional programs, including pre-vet and pre-med, in addition to seven affiliate programs whereby students can earn combined undergraduate and graduate degrees through accelerated programs
  • 17 programs are offered by the School of Graduate Studies and three Post Master's Programs
  • Shippensburg is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, AACSB International, ABET, Inc., American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers, and Council for Exceptional Children

Student Life and Activities

  • Nine residence halls equipped with lounges, music practice rooms, and study rooms
  • A major expansion of the Ceddia Union Building was recently completed enhancing its use by and support of students
  • Residence hall rooms have high-speed wired and wireless connections to campus network
  • More than 200 clubs and organizations, 18 varsity teams and 29 intramural activities
  • The music department offers choirs, bands, ensembles, and a university-community orchestra
  • Ship has a student newspaper, a student-run television station, a student-run radio station and a student-run yearbook 
  • A strong Student Association includes the Student Senate, standing committees, and the Activities Program Board
  • A university-run child care center provides superior care for children of students, faculty and staff with certified teachers and the highest level of licensing

Academic Facilities

  • Ezra Lehman Memorial Library provides Web access to: its holdings, the holdings of the State Library and 24 other academic libraries, a variety of full text databases, electronic books, and Internet sites
  • Library collection includes more than two million items, including bound volumes, microform pieces, periodicals, audiovisual titles, government documents and University archives
  • The Information and Computing Technologies Center maintains a campus network with multiple computer labs for student use
  • Each student receives an e-mail account and access to the Internet