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About Shippensburg University

At Shippensburg University, everyone is always seen as a whole person. We’re a student-centered university that takes a hands-on approach to supporting all members of the campus family.

We value our community feel. It’s evident from our small class sizes, the passion from our strong alumni network, the personalized attention our students receive and the positive impact we have in our town, state and region. Together, we are a close-knit group of lifelong learners.

We have unique academic offerings that prepare our students for the competitive and ever-changing global job market. Ship is the only state university in Pennsylvania to offer Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and software engineering. We're also the only state university to offer a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in entrepreneurship from our AACSB-accredited John L. Grove College of Business.

We are proud to have one of only eight Bachelor of Science in criminal justice programs in the United States certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and one of only three programs in Pennsylvania accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. These accreditations are on top of others such as those for programs in computer science, counseling, social work and teacher education.

Beyond the classroom, our students have plenty of access to faculty and staff, as well as unique opportunities and resources. Many of them are right here on campus such as the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, the Brad E. Hollinger Stock Trading Room, the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University and the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School, the only public elementary lab school in the state. Given our location at the center of the East Coast's major metropolitan areas, our students also have plenty of opportunities to explore all the region has to offer.

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Where We’re Coming From

Founded in 1871, Shippensburg University has a long and proud history centered on serving the educational, social and cultural needs of our students. We were the first normal school in Pennsylvania to be chartered as a state teachers college and the first to be accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. We are now a comprehensive university, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in our College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services and John L. Grove College of Business. Learn more about our history.

Where We’re Going

Ship's primary commitment is to student learning and personal development through effective and innovative teaching, plus a wide variety of high-quality, out-of-class experiences. Our ultimate goal is to have students fully develop their intellectual, personal and social capabilities to perform as competent citizens prepared to embark on a career immediately upon graduation or after advanced study. Overall, our purpose is to help build a better, stronger south-central Pennsylvania - economically and culturally - through people who have the abilities, skills and values to compete in a technologically evolving world.

Are you ready to work hard, play hard and reach your dreams? Then we’d like to invite you to join the Ship family.