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2003 Common Data Set: Shippensburg University

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A. General Information
B. Enrollment and Persistence
C. First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Admission
D. Transfer Admission
E. Academic Offerings and Policies
F. Student Life
G. Annual Expenses
H. Financial Aid
I. Instructional Faculty and Class Size
J. Degrees Conferred

A. General Information

A1. Address Information

Name of College or University  Shippensburg University
Address, City/State/Zip 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Main Phone 717-477-7447
WWW Home Page Address
Admissions Phone Number 717-477-1231
Admissions Toll-free Number 1-800-822-8028
Admissions Office Mailing Address Old Main 105, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg University Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Admissions Fax Number 717-477-4016
Admissions E-mail Address
 URL application site on the Internet

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A2. Source of Institutional Control

Source of Control


A3. Classification of Undergraduate Institution



A4. Academic Year Calendar

Academic Calendar


A5. Degrees Offered

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's; Master's; Post-Master's Certificate

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B. Enrollment and Persistence

B1. Institutional Enrollment (Men & Women):

Undergraduates   Full-Time   Part-Time
  Men   Women   Men   Women
Degree-seeking, first-time freshmen   743   743   6   1
Other first-year, degree-seeking   303   248   3   12
All other degree-seeking   1907   2330   100   100
Total degree-seeking   2953   3321    109   113
All other undergraduates enrolled in credit courses   6   14   25   26
Total undergraduates   2959   3335   134   139
First-time, first-professional students   N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A
All other first professionals   N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A
Total first-professional   N/A   N/A   N/A   N/A
Degree-seeking, first-time   27   27   26   44
All other degree-seeking   73   103   193   365
All other graduates enrolled in credit courses   1    2   41   138
Total graduate   101   132   260   547
Total all undergraduates   6567
Total all graduate and professional students   1040


B2. Enrollment by Racial/Ethnic Category:

    Degree Seeking, First Time, First Year   Degree Seeking, 
Total Undergraduates
Non-resident aliens   2   26   27
Black, non-Hispanic   91   263   264
American Indian or Alaskan Native   3   16   17
Asian or Pacific Islander   24   88   91
Hispanic   23   82   84
White, non-Hispanic   1373   5903   5966
Race/Ethnicity unknown   63   118   118
Total   1579   6496   6567



B3. Number of Degrees Awarded from July 1, 2002, to June 30, 2003.

Certificates/diplomas   28
Bachelor's degrees   1206
Master's degrees   295


Graduation Rates

B4 - B11. Graduation Rates:

Initial 1997 cohort of first-time, full-time bachelor's degree-seeking undergraduate students   1291
Of initial 1997 cohort, number that did not persist nor graduate for the following reasons: deceased, permanently disabled, armed forces, foreign aid service of the federal government, official church missions   Unknown
Final 1997 cohort, after adjusting for allowable exclusions   1291
Of initial 1997 cohort, number that completed the program in four years or less   475
Of initial 1997 cohort, number that completed the program in more than four years but in five years or less   289
Of initial 1997 cohort, number that completed the program in more than five years but in six years or less   16
Total graduating within six years   780
Six-year graduation rate for 1997 cohort   60%


Retention Rates

B22. Retention Rates:

Percentage of full-time bachelor's degree-seeking students who entered as freshmen in fall 2002 (or summer 2002) enrolled as of October 1, 2003   79%

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C. First-time, First-year (Freshman) Admission


C1. First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Students:

Total men applied   2728
Total women applied   3135
Total men admitted   1774
Total women admitted   2142
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men enrolled   743
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men enrolled   6
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women enrolled   743
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women enrolled   1


C2. Freshman Wait-Listed Students

Do you have a policy of placing students on a waiting list?   No

Admission Requirements

C3-C5  High School Requirements

High school requirement for degree-seeking students High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college preparatory program requirement Required
High school units recommended English 4
Mathematics 3
Lab Science 3 
Foreign Language 2 
Social Sciences 3


Basis for Selection

C6. Open Admission Policy

Do you have an open admission policy, under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED's are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications?   No


C7. Importance of Factors in First-Time, First-Year, Degree-Seeking Admission Decisions

  Academic Factors
Standardized test scores Very important
Secondary school record Very important
Class rank Very important
Recommendations Considered
Essay Considered
  Nonacademic Factors
Interview Considered
Character/personal qualities Important
Extracurricular activities Considered
Volunteer work Considered
Minority Status Not Considered
Talent/ability Not Considered
Alumni/ae relation Not Considered
Geographic residence Not Considered
State residency Not Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment Not Considered
Work experience Considered


SAT and ACT Policies

C8. Entrance Exams

Does your institution make use of SAT I, SAT II, or ACT scores in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants?   Yes
Exams required for admission   SAT or ACT
Does your institution use applicants' test scores for placement or counseling?   Yes
Does your institution use the SAT I or II or the ACT for placement only?   no
Latest date by which SAT I or ACT scores must be received for fall-term admission    rolling
Latest date by which SAT II scores must be received for fall-term admission    N/A


Freshman Profile:

C9. Percent of First-Time, First-Year Students who Submitted SAT/ACT Scores

Percent submitting SAT scores   99.6%
Percent submitting ACT scores   5.7%


Percentile Scores

    25th Percentile   75th Percentile
SAT I Verbal   480   570
SAT I Math   480   580


Percent of First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Students with Scores in Each Range

    SAT I Verbal   SAT I Math
700-800   1.4%   1.5%
600-699   14.1%   16%
500-599   48.7%   50.1%
400-499   32.6%   27.7%
300-399   3.0%   4.4%
200-299   0.27%   0.27%


C10. High School Class Rank

Percent in top 10th of high school graduating class   7.6%
Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class   33.1%
Percent in top half of high school graduating class   72.6%
Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class   27.2%
Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class   4.7%
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school class rank


C11 - 12. High School GPA:

C11. High School GPA:

Percent who had GPA of 3.0 and higher   66.04%
Percent who had GPA between 2.0 and 2.99   32.88%
Percent who had GPA between 1.0 and 1.99   1.08%
Percent who had GPA below 1.0   0%


C12. High School GPA:

Average High School GPA of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted GPA:   3.2
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school GPA   100%


Admission Policies

C13. Application Fee

Does your institution have an application fee?   Yes
Amount of application fee   $30
Can it be waived for applicants with financial need?   Yes


C14. Application Closing Date

Does your institution have an application closing date?   No


C15. Terms Other than Fall

Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the fall?   Yes


C16. Notification of Admission Decision

Notification to applicants of admission decision sent   Rolling


C17. Reply Policy for Admitted Applicants

Date by which admitted applicants must reply ( Extensions until May 1st Granted )   April 1


C18. Deferred Admission

May students postpone enrollment after admission?   Yes
Maximum Period of postponement   1 year


C19. Early Admission of High School Students

Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students one year or more before high school graduation?   Yes


C20. Common Application

Will you accept the Common Application distributed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals?   Yes
Are supplemental forms required?   No
Is your college a member of the Common Application Group?   Yes


Early Decision and Early Action Plans:

C21. Early Decision

Does your institution offer an early decision plan for first-time, first-year (freshman) applicants for fall enrollment?   No


C22. Early Action

Do you have a non-binding early action plan whereby students are notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date but do not have to commit to attending your college?   Yes
Early action closing date   Rolling
Early action notification date   Rolling

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D. Transfer Admissions

Fall Applicants

D1. Enrollment of Transfer Students

Does your institution enroll transfer students?   Yes
May transfer students earn advanced standing credit by transferring credits earned from course work completed at other colleges/universities?   Yes


D2. Number of Students who Applied, were Admitted, and Enrolled as Degree-Seeking Transfer Students

    Applicants   Admitted Applicants   Enrolled Applicants
Men   413   241   153
Women   446   289   161
Total   859   530   314


Application for Admission

D3. Terms for which Transfer Students May Enroll

Terms for which transfer students may enroll Fall; Spring; Summer


D4. Minimum Number of Credits Required for Transfer Student to Enroll

Must a transfer applicant have a minimum number of credits completed or else must apply as an entering freshman?   No


D5. Items Required of Transfer Students to Apply for Admission

College transcript(s) Required of all
Essay or personal statement Recommended
High school transcript  Required for some
Standardized test scores Required for some
Interview Recommended for some


D6-D8. Required GPA for Transfer Students

Minimum high school grade point average required of transfer applicants   N/A
Minimum college grade point average required of transfer applicants   2.2
Other application requirements specific to transfer applicants   N/A


D9. Application Priority, Closing, Notification, and Candidate Reply Dates for Transfer Students

  Fall   Rolling admission
  Spring   Rolling admission
  Summer   Rolling admission


D10. Open Admission for Transfer Students

Does an open admission policy, if reported, apply to transfer students?   N/A


D11. Additional Requirements for Transfer Admission

Additional requirements for transfer admission   N/A


Transfer Credit Policies:

D12-D17. Transfer Credit Policies

Lowest grade that may be transferred for credit   C
Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year institution   N/A
Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a four-year institution   N/A
Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at your institution to earn an associate's degree   N/A
Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at your institution to earn a bachelor's degree   45
Other transfer credit policies   N/A

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E. Academic Offerings & Policies

E1. Special Study Options: Programs Available

Accelerated program
Cooperative (work-study) program 
Double major 
Dual admission 
Honors program
Independent study 
Raider Plan
Study abroad 
Teacher certification program 
Distance Education


E3. Core Curriculum Requirements: Areas in which Students are Required to Complete Course Work Prior to Graduation

English (including composition)
Diversity Requirement
Political, Economic, and Geographic Sciences Sciences (biological or physical) 
Social Science


Library Collections

E4-E7. Library Holdings:

Books, serial backfiles, and government documents (titles) that are accessible through the library's catalog   449,590
Current serials (titles): - include periodicals, newspapers, and government documents   1,757
Microforms (titles)   1,294,417
Video and audio (titles)   76,583

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F. Student Life

F1. First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) and Degree-Seeking Undergraduates in the Following Categories

    First-time, First-year, Freshman   Undergrads
Percent who are from out of state (excluding international/nonresident aliens)   5.4%   5.0%
Percent of men who join fraternities   N/A   7%
Percent of women who join sororities   N/A   9%
Percent who live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing   90.5%   40.5%
Percent who live off campus or commute   9.5%   59.5%
Percent of students age 25 and older   0.3%   4.9%
Average age of full-time students   18.4   20.5
Average age of all students (full- and part-time)   18.4   20.7


F2. Activities Offered

Choral groups
Concert band
Jazz band
Literary Magazine 
Marching band 
Music ensembles
Musical theater
Radio station 
Student government 
Student newspaper 
Television station 



Programs offered on campus Army ROTC
Programs offered at cooperating institutions None


F4. Housing: Types of college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing available for undergraduates

Coed dorms
Women's dorms

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G. Annual Expenses

G1. Undergraduate Full-Time Tuition, Required Fees, Housing and Food

    First-year   Undergrads
In-district   4598   4598
In-state (out-of-district)   4598   4598
Out-of-state   11496   11496
Non-resident aliens   11496   11496
Required fees   1148   1148
Housing and Food (on-campus)   5080   5080
Housing only (on campus)   3086   3086
Food only (on-campus meal plan)   1994   1994


G2. Credits per Full-Time Tuition

Minimum number of credits per term a student can take for the stated full-time tuition   12
Maximum number of credits per term a student can take for the stated full-time tuition   18


G3-G4. Tuition and Fees by Year of Study and Instructional Program

Do tuition and fees vary by year of study?   No
Do tuition and fees vary by instructional program?   No


G5. Estimated Expenses for a Typical Full-Time Undergraduate Student

    Residents   Commuters (living at home)   Commuters (not living at home)
Books and supplies   900   900   900
Housing only   3086   N/A   N/A
Food only   1994   N/A   N/A
Transportation   N/A   2500   N/A
Other expenses   2091   1096   2091


G6. Undergraduate Per-Credit-Hour Charges

In-district   192
In-state (out-of-district)   192
Out-of-state   479
Non-resident aliens   479

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H.  Financial Aid
Items H1, H2, H2A, and H6 are reported for 2003-2004

H1. Aid Awarded to Enrolled Undergraduates

    Need-based $   Non-need-based $
Federal   3,695,589   29,660
State   4,211,865   36,093
Institutional   310,334   397,318
Other external   440,601   455,659
Total Scholarships/Grants   8,658,389   918,730
Student loans from all sources   10,571,894   7,503,584
Federal work study   622,184  
State and other work-study   63,869   464,667
Total Self-Help   11,257,947   7,968,251
Parent Loans   927,289   3,907,930
Tuition Waivers   442,010   817,774
Athletic Award   122,735   144,274


H2. Number of Enrolled Students Receiving Aid

List the number of degree-seeking full-time and less-than-full-time undergraduates who applied for and received financial aid. Aid that is non-need-based but that was used to meet need should be counted as need-based aid. Numbers should reflect the cohort receiving the dollars reported in H1. 

    First-time Full-time Freshmen   Full-time Undergrads (inc. fresh)   Less than Full-time Undergrads
a) Number of degree-seeking undergraduates (CDS item B1)   1486   6274   222
b) Number in line a who were financial aid applicants   1244   4564   118
c) Number in line b determined to have financial need   854   3279   92
d) Number in line c who received any financial aid   815   3128   81
e) Number in line d who received need-based gift aid 688 2500   60
f) Number in line d who received need-based self-help aid   688   2670   62
g) Number in line d who received non-need-based gift aid   42   156   2
h) Number in line d whose need was fully met   118   784   11
i) Average percentage of need met of students who received need-based aid   65%   72%   54%
j) The average financial aid package to those in line d   $5329   $5980   $4747
k) Average need-based gift award of those in line e   $3614   $3596   $2920
l) Average need-based self-help award of those in line f   $2787   $3624   $3524
m) Average need-based loan of those in line f   $2579   $3352   $3259
n) Number in line a with no need who received non-need gift aid   101   1683   43
o) Average aid package of those in line n   $2166   $727   $204
p) Number of students in line a who received a non-need-based athletic grant or scholarship 61 206 1
q) Average dollar amount of non-need-based athletic grant and scholarships awarded to students in line p $1292 $1294   $375


H3-H5. Undergraduate Loan Information

Needs analysis methodology used in awarding institutional aid   Federal Method (FM)
Percent of 2003 graduating undergraduate class who have borrowed through all loan programs   68%
Average per-borrower cumulative undergraduate indebtedness of those in above line   15,464


H6. Aid to Undergraduate International Students

Policy regarding financial aid for undergraduate international (nonresident alien) students College-administered need-based and non need-based  financial aid is available for international students
Number of international students who received need- or non-need-based aid in the last academic year   21
Average dollar amount awarded to international students in the last academic year   $11,244
Total dollar amount awarded to international students in the last academic year   $236,124


H7-H8. Process for First-Year/Freshman Students

Financial aid forms domestic first-year (freshman) financial aid applicants must submit   FAFSA
Financial aid forms international (non-resident alien) first-year financial aid applicants must submit institutions own financial aid form 


H9-H11. Filing, Notification, and Reply Dates for First-Year (Freshman) Students

Priority date for filing required financial aid forms March 15
Deadline for filing required financial aid forms None
Students notified On rolling basis
Students must reply by (date) Within 2 weeks of notification


H12. Types of Loans Available

FFEL Subsidized Stafford 
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford 
FFEL Consolidation Loans 
Alternative loans
Federal Perkins Loans 
College/University loans from institutional funds


H13. Need-Based Scholarships and Grants

Federal Pell 
State scholarships/grants
Private scholarships 
College/University gift aid from institutional funds

H14. Criteria Used in Awarding Institutional Aid

Non-Need Need-Based

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I. Instructional Faculty and Class Size

I-1. Number of instructional faculty members in each category for Fall 2003

    Full-time   Part-time   Total
a.) Total number of instructional faculty   307   58   365
b.) Total number who are members of minority groups   40   3   43
c.) Total number who are women   125   31   156
d.) Total number who are men   182   27   209
e.) Total number who are nonresident aliens (international)      
f.) Total number with doctorate, first professional, or other terminal degree   271   22   293
g.) Total number who's highest degree is a master's but not a terminal master's   35   35   70
h.) Total number who's highest degree is a bachelor's 1 1 2
i.) Total number who's highest degree is unknown or other (note: items f, g, h, and i must sum up to item a.) 0 0 0


I-2. Student to Faculty Ratio

Fall 2002 Student to Faculty ratio   21 to 1


I-3. Undergraduate Class Size

Undergraduate Class Sizes   2-9   10-19   20-29   30-39   40-49   50-99   100+   Total
Class Sections   38   226   405   356   141   2   0   1168
Class Subsections (example: laboratory)   4   49   6   0   0   0   0   59

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J. Degrees Conferred

J1: Percentage of Diploma/Certificates, Associate, & Bachelor's degrees awarded

Category Diploma/Certificates Associate Bachelor's   CIP Categories to Include
Biological/life sciences       4.3%   26
Business/marketing       24.9%   8 and 52
Communications/communications technologies       6.2%   9 and 10
Computer and information sciences       4.0%   11
Education       14.1%   13
English       5.8%   23
Foreign languages and literature       1.1%   16
Health professions and related sciences       0.2%   51
Interdisciplinary studies       0.1%   30
Mathematics       2.2%   27
Natural resources/environmental science       4.1%   3
Physical sciences       1.7%   40 and 41
Protective services/public administration       11.3%   43 and 44
Psychology       7.5%   42
Social sciences and history       10.4%   45
Visual and performing arts       2.2%   50
Total       100%    

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