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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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Academic Major Planning Guide 

Parents Guide for Undeclared Students

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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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Graduate Program

Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Favorite Quote

"What would you like to do if money were no object?  How would you really enjoy spending your life?"  - Alan Watts

Why did you choose Shippensburg?  

The reason I chose Shippensburg University isn't a simple answer, and it is continuously changing.  Originally, I chose Ship after speaking with the vice president of student affairs about his role on campus.  I thought to myself, "That's something I could do!"  He advised me to apply for the college student personnel graduate program.  Part of the application process was meeting with the counseling department's faculty and student body. I had no idea these people would impact my life so much.  The students are so supportive, and the faculty is so professional and well trained.  I could not imagine a more fitting graduate program.  

What is your favorite thing Ship has to offer?

I love how Ship encourages students to develop holistically.  There are so many diverse programs offered to help students with their academics, but there are also programs aimed towards growth in entertainment, social-justice, creativity, health, spirituality, and many other forms of holistic growth.  This semester, I saw a spoken word poet from Chicago, a stand-up comedian who performed on HBO, and one of my idols, LZ Granderson, speak on LGBT equality.  Those are only three of the fascinating events I attended THIS SEMESTER.  Last year, I celebrated Passover at the Spiritual Center and immersed myself into the Jewish culture.  There are always events on campus.  

If you could give any one piece of advice to incoming students, what would it be? 

My advice is to take advantage of these cultural immersion experiences.  There is so much in this world to soak in.  College is a great time explore what the world has to offer.