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First Year Experience at Ship

Shippensburg University is fully committed to student success. We know the first year of college can be particularly challenging for students. The First Year Experience provides them with additional skills, support and mentorship during that critical period of transition.

As part of the First Year Experience, students will take part in the First Year Seminar and the challenging and rewarding UNIV 101 course. This experience for first year students focuses on communication and writing, while also offering interactive learning and opportunities for experiences outside the classroom.

UNIV 101 is based around the following objectives:

  • Cultivating Academic Success - Students engage in academic exploration that adapts and applies the metacognition and academic skills they need to be successful student scholars.
  • Engaging With the University Community - Students will be prepared for learning beyond the classroom.
  • Fostering Personal Development and Wellness - Students set goals and strategies to support their wellbeing, as well as their academic and professional success.
  • Promoting Understanding of Diversity and Social Responsibility - Students engage with core concepts of diversity and universality, and demonstrate principles of responsible citizenship within and beyond the campus community.

With assistance from faculty and staff, students at Ship make their mark while they’re here and after they graduate. That’s because Ship provides more than just an education, it provides a complete life experience.

FYE applies to all first year students at Shippensburg University and transfer students with less than 30 credit hours.

If you have questions regarding the First Year Experience or UNIV 101, please contact one of the FYE Coordinators today!

Transfer Student Support at Ship

Transfer Student Support is our one-stop-shop for navigating Ship's campus. As an enrolled transfer student, you can set up a one-on-one consultation with a member of our team, join the Transfer Student Advisory Board, or get connected with your academic advisor to navigate your degree plan. 

Schedule a Transfer Support Consultation Meeting

To schedule a transfer student support consultation, please email or call our Director, Alex Karlheim at  (717)-477-1919. 

Fall 2023 Transfer Student Welcome Events

  • Find Your Class Tour: Sunday, August 28 12:00PM-3:00PM - CUB
  • Transfer Welcome Luncheon: Wednesday, August 30 12:00PM-1:00PM Reisner's Faculty Dining Room
  • Student Success Open House & Student Involvement Services Fair: Thursday, August 31 4:00PM-5:30PM - Mowrey Hall
  • First Week of Classes Pep Rally: Friday, September 1 7:00PM-9:00PM - Location TBD
  • Transfer Advisory Board Meeting: Tuesday, October 3 3:30PM-4:30PM - Location TBD
  • Fresh Check Day: Tuesday, October 31 11:00AM-3:00PM- CUB

  • FYE Grateful Program: Tuesday, November 14 3:00PM-5:00PM - Location TBD

Spring 2024 Transfer Student Welcome Events - TBD

National Transfer Student Week

Save the Date! Celebrating our Ship Transfer Students October 16-20, 2023! See on-campus flyers and/or visit our Instagram!

Join the Transfer Student GroupMe

Sign up to receive transfer student updates and vote on upcoming transfer student events! The ShipTransfer GroupMe is a place to ask questions and connect with other transfer students.

Fall 2023- Spring 2024: Click Here to Join!

Contact the First Year Experience Mowrey 207 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1710