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2004 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; 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   712   749   1   0
Other first-year, degree-seeking   346   252   6   18
All other degree-seeking   1976   2232   93   111
Total degree-seeking   3034   3233   100   129
All other undergraduates enrolled in credit courses   9   15   27   32
Total undergraduates   3043   3248   127   161
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   16   21   17   23
All other degree-seeking   73   127   189   445
All other graduates enrolled in credit courses   2   2   40   119
Total graduate   91   150   246   587
Total all undergraduates   6579
Total all graduate and professional students   1074


B2. Enrollment by Racial/Ethnic Category: 

    Degree Seeking, First Time, First Year   Degree Seeking, 
Total Undergraduates
Non-resident aliens   4   20   22
Black, non-Hispanic   86   287   287
American Indian or Alaskan Native   5   17   17
Asian or Pacific Islander   26   90   92
Hispanic   16   92   93
White, non-Hispanic   1243   5772   5848
Race/Ethnicity unknown   82   218   220
Total   1462   6496   6579



B3. Number of Degrees Awarded from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004.

Certificates/diplomas   18
Bachelor's degrees   1347
Master's degrees   286


Graduation Rates

B4 - B11. Graduation Rates: 

Initial 1998 cohort of first-time, full-time bachelor's degree-seeking undergraduate students   1211
Of initial 1998 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 1998 cohort, after adjusting for allowable exclusions   1211
Of initial 1998 cohort, number that completed the program in four years or less   480
Of initial 1998 cohort, number that completed the program in more than four years but in five years or less   211
Of initial 1998 cohort, number that completed the program in more than five years but in six years or less   26
Total graduating within six years   717
Six-year graduation rate for 1998 cohort   59.2


Retention Rates

B22. Retention Rates:

Percentage of full-time bachelor's degree-seeking students who entered as freshmen in fall 2003 (or summer 2003) enrolled as of Fall 2004 official enrollment date .   80%

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


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

Total men applied   2946
Total women applied   3514
Total men admitted   1856
Total women admitted   2293
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men enrolled   712
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men enrolled   1
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women enrolled   749
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women enrolled   0


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 Encouraged
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

Note: The SAT I is now called SAT Reasoning or the SAT; SAT II Tests are now called SAT Subject Tests. As of March 2005 the SAT Reasoning Test will include a mandatory writing component; the SAT Subject Test in Writing will not be administered after January 2005. The ACT will have an optional writing component as of February 2005.

C8. Entrance Exams

Does your institution make use of SAT I (Reasoning), SAT II (Subject Tests), or ACT scores in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants?   Yes
Use of test in admission: SAT Reasoning or ACT
Use of test in admission: ACT with or without Writing component (Local written English placement required without ACT Writing component)
Use of New SAT Reasoning Test or the "old" SAT I (administered prior to March 2005 and without a writing component)
Does your institution use applicants' test scores for placement?   Yes
Does your institution use the SAT I (Reasoning) or the ACT for placement?   Required
Latest date by which SAT I (Reasoning) or ACT scores must be received for fall-term admission    rolling
Latest date by which SAT II (Subject Tests) 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   99.9%
Percent submitting ACT scores   5.3%


Percentile Scores

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


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

    SAT I Verbal   SAT I Math
700-800   1.4%   1.6%
600-699   12.4%   15.3%
500-599   51.1%   51.2%
400-499   30.9%   27.2%
300-399   4.0%   4.4%
200-299   0.21%   0.27%


  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
below 6



C10. High School Class Rank

Percent in top 10th of high school graduating class   8.8%
Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class   33.9%
Percent in top half of high school graduating class   71.5%
Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class   28.5%
Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class   5.3%
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   65.95%
Percent who had GPA between 2.0 and 2.99   32.97%
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   448   267   183
Women   458   289   165
Total   906   556   348


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

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College transcript(s) Required of all
Essay or personal statement Recommended
High school transcript Required for some
Standardized test scores Required for some
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of all
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:(will be replaced by new Academic Libraries Survey)

Books, serial backfiles, and government documents (titles) that are accessible through the library's catalog   447,016
Current serials (titles): - include periodicals, newspapers, and government documents   1,255
Microforms (titles)   1,278,888
Video and audio (titles)   76,846

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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)   6.9%   5.9%
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   91.1%   39.2%
Percent who live off campus or commute   8.9%   60.8%
Percent of students age 25 and older   0.1%   5.1%
Average age of full-time students   18.4   20.5
Average age of all students (full- and part-time)   18.4   20.8


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 (2004-2005)

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

    First-year   Undergrads
In-district   4810   4810
In-state (out-of-district)   4810   4810
Out-of-state   12026   12026
Non-resident aliens   12026   12026
Required fees   1176   1176
Housing and Food (on-campus)   5274   5274
Housing only (on campus)   3190   3190
Food only (on-campus meal plan)   2084   2084


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   1000   1000   1000
Housing only       3190
Food only     1500   2084
Transportation   750   750   750
Other expenses   1690   2064   1690


G6. Undergraduate Per-Credit-Hour Charges

In-district   200
In-state (out-of-district)   200
Out-of-state   501
Non-resident aliens   501

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H.  Financial Aid
Items H1, H2, H2A, and H6 are reported for 2004-2005 estimated

H1. Aid Awarded to Enrolled Undergraduates

    Need-based  $   Non-need-based  $
Federal   3,576,591   46,290
State   4,264,494   12,840
Institutional   333,417   400,657
Other external   476,502   457,296
Total Scholarships/Grants   8,651,004   917,083
Student loans from all sources   11,513,010  


Federal work study   430,172  
State and other work-study   318,852   232,573
Total Self-Help   12,262,035   8,416,114
Parent Loans   1,290,338   4,654,792
Tuition Waivers   461,467   793,373
Athletic Award   202,551   302,464


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)   1461   6267   229
b) Number in line a who were financial aid applicants   1217   4612   115
c) Number in line b determined to have financial need   812   3261   97
d) Number in line c who received any financial aid   749   3122   89
e) Number in line d who received need-based gift aid 559 2361   65
f) Number in line d who received need-based self-help aid   648   2731   70
g) Number in line d who received non-need-based gift aid   45   187   0
h) Number in line d whose need was fully met   101   651   6
i) Average percentage of need met of students who received need-based aid   61%   69%   57%
j) The average financial aid package to those in line d   $5364   $6059   $5141
k) Average need-based gift award of those in line e   $3791   $3840   $2877
l) Average need-based self-help award of those in line f   $2707   $3605   $4051
m) Average need-based loan of those in line f   $2630   $3410   $3853
n) Number in line a with no need who received non-need gift aid   111   1876   46
o) Average aid package of those in line n   $2368   $695   $475
p) Number of students in line a who received a non-need-based athletic grant or scholarship 50 233 2
q) Average dollar amount of non-need-based athletic grant and scholarships awarded to students in line p $2449 $2153   $1650


H3-H5. Undergraduate Loan Information

Needs analysis methodology used in awarding institutional aid   Federal Method (FM)
Percent of 2004 graduating undergraduate class who have borrowed through all loan programs   68%
Average per-borrower cumulative undergraduate indebtedness of those in above line   16,819


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   17
Average dollar amount awarded to international students in the last academic year   $10,066
Total dollar amount awarded to international students in the last academic year   $171,120


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 
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 2004

    Full-time   Part-time   Total
a.) Total number of instructional faculty   308   69   377
b.) Total number who are members of minority groups   36   0   36
c.) Total number who are women   130   38   168
d.) Total number who are men   178   31   209
e.) Total number who are nonresident aliens (international)      
f.) Total number with doctorate, first professional, or other terminal degree   268   21   289
g.) Total number who's highest degree is a master's but not a terminal master's   39   48   87
h.) Total number who's highest degree is a bachelor's 1 0 1
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
j.) Total number in stand-alone graduate/professional programs in which faculty teach virtually only graduate-level students      


I-2. Student to Faculty Ratio

Fall 2004 Student to Faculty ratio (based on 6387 FTES students and 332 FTEF faculty).   19 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   52   213   416   336   140   3   0   1160
Class Subsections (example: laboratory)   6   65   15   0   0   0   0   86

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J. Degrees Conferred

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

Category Diploma/Certificates Associate Bachelor's   CIP 2000 Categories to Include
Biological/life sciences       4.6%   26
Business/marketing       20.8%   8 & 52
Communications/communications technologies       8.0%   9 and 10
Computer and information sciences       6.8%   11
Education       15.4%   13
English       7.9%   23
Foreign languages and literature       .1%   16
Health professions and related sciences       0.0%   51
Interdisciplinary studies       0.0%   30
Mathematics       2.7%   27
Natural resources/environmental science
    3.6%   3
Physical sciences       1.9%   40 and 41
Protective services/public administration       11.3%   43 and 44
Psychology       7.6%   42
Social sciences and history      
  45 and 54
Visual and performing arts       1.4%   50

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