Welcome to Shippensburg University.
I have the honor to serve Shippensburg University as its president. As a proud Ship alumnus, I have experienced first-hand the support
and encouragement the university provides to help students succeed. As a member
of the university administration since 1995, I have seen how the entire campus
works jointly to ensure our commitment to students remains strong.
That commitment has resulted in many
successes as well as the continued enhancement of the Ship experience. For
- Shippensburg was named a top university in the North once again by U.S.
News & World Report
several of our programs were named among the
best of their kind. The John L. Grove College of Business received recognition in
the top 100 online MBA programs nationally and as one of the best undergraduate
business programs, and the university’s social work program was listed in the
Best Graduate Schools nationally.
Our first doctoral program, a Doctorate
of Education in Educational Leadership, will enroll its first cohort in summer 2015. This program
is in partnership with Millersville University.
Shippensburg University Foundation has surpassed its goal for the $45 million campaign Charting the Course, Lighting the Way,
having raised more than $60 million as of January 2015. The campaign is
the largest private fundraising effort in the Foundation’s history and the
highest goal for charitable private sector dollars among the 14 State System
universities. These funds will have an important and long-lasting impact on our
students and the university.
Shippensburg University was ranked among the top
universities in the nation for return on investment by students—and the top in
Pennsylvania—by the research company PayScale.com.
- Shippensburg University was recognized again in
2014 as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle for Higher Education.
- The university received approval for
a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program—the first in the State System—to begin fall
2015. Additional new programs include a dual
certification in PreK-4 education and PreK-8 special education, a minor
in disability studies, a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and a
Master of Arts in Teaching/Science Education.
The Communication/Journalism Department
became the first in the State System and just the third
in Pennsylvania to receive accreditation by the Accrediting Council on
Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Shippensburg students have earned several recent
honors, including first and second place in the third annual State System
Student Business Plan Competition, first place at the American Marketing
Association Regional Conference, and receiving a prestigious grant from the
Collegiate Middle Level Association at their annual conference.
Three faculty and a student received Fulbright awards in the past 18 months: Dr. Stephen Burg, professor of
history and chair of the History/Philosophy Department; Dr. Lonce Bailey,
assistant professor of political science; Dr. Kurt Kraus, professor and chair
of the Counseling and College Student Personnel
Department; and recent graduate Ethan Goldbach.
- Our intercollegiate athletic teams also continue their success.
The university finished No. 20 in the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.
SU has now finished among the Top 20
schools in the Division II Directors' Cup standings four times in the last five
years. The university had a
record 141 PSAC Scholar-Athletes last year, 31 percent of Raider student-athletes.
- A project under way to update the campus heating and cooling
system will reduce the university’s carbon footprint by nearly 40 percent and
save approximately $330,000 annually in energy costs.
are but a few of the exciting programs and opportunities at the university. I
hope that after you browse our website, you come visit our campus to experience
the true spirit of Ship.
Jody Harpster, Ph.D.