Information for High School Guidance Counselors

--Helping your Students be Ship Ready.

--Visit Shippensburg University.

--Apply to Shippensburg University.

--Planning Ahead.

--Money Matters.

--Programs Offered.

--Important Resources for New Students.

--Helping your Students Succeed

Help your Students be Ship Ready

As HS counselors, you have your job cut out for you—helping students with varied interests chart their best college course. Your students are on the verge of setting out on a whole new stage of educational voyage. To help them, and you, navigate the myriad of challenges and choices that encompass the college admissions process, here is a carefully collated list of resources for Shippensburg University.

Visit Shippensburg University

The best way for your students to discover what Ship has to offer is to check us out for themselves. Follow simple steps to register for a virtual visit that fits every schedule today...

Ask Us Anything

From Ship’s College Entrance Examination Board Code to application deadlines, credit transfers and finance options, our Admissions FAQs resolve most of your students’ pressing queries with the click of a button.

Admissions Staff

Our admissions staff is always ready and willing to provide assistance, whether your students want to visit campus, request information, or apply. You can also find a recruiter at an event near you.

Connect Online

While our on-campus events are postponed until further notice, we are hosting online Raider Q&A sessions at throughout the week. We also offer daily virtual one-to-one meetings with an admissions counselor online (or transfer representative.)

Apply to Shippensburg University

Whether your students are just beginning their educational endeavors or advancing careers with a professional degree, you'll find what they are looking for at Ship. Help them take the next step and start their online application today!

Undergraduate Application

All high school seniors and transfers (including Online Degree Completion Program)

Please note: If someone has an application fee waiver, it must be sent directly from your high school counseling office to our Office of Admissions.

Application for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 (

The Common App

Ship is now a member of the Common Application! Students may submit the Common Application to Ship.

Seniors Earn College Credit with 66% Discount

Ship Start allows area high school students to earn college credits at Shippensburg University for a fraction of the price. Through the Ship Start program, students save money and time by getting a jump start on a college education. Students will earn credits that count toward your Ship degree or be transferred to another college of your choice. Students receive a 66% discount off standard tuition rates!

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Program information:

Undergraduate Admission Process & Requirements

Shippensburg students are a cut above the rest. Most of our entering freshmen have SAT or ACT scores above the national average, but in our admissions decisions, we also consider their class rank, grade point average, and performance in their college prep, AP, or IB courses.

International Students Admissions

To be considered for admission, they are required to follow and complete certain steps.

Money Matters

Shippensburg offers highly competitive tuition and fees that ensure your students are able to afford quality education. There are various aids and other options that further help our students achieve their dream of graduating.

Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

While most undergraduates attend Shippensburg full-time and carry 12 to 18 credits of classes per semester, many others attend part time. Depending on course load, housing plans and whether your student is a Pennsylvania resident, find out how much they are expected to pay for tuition, fees, meals, and housing.

Tuition: detailed breakdown of tuition and fees:

Meal Plans: details of various meal plans and cost:

Housing: information regarding diverse housing options:

Financial Aid

We offer five types of aid — Shippensburg scholarships, federal and state grants (grants and scholarships are gift aid and do not need to be re-paid), federal and alternative loans (loans must be re-paid when the student leaves school), work-study programs (employment) and veterans’ benefits.

Applying for Aid

Different types of students have different types of financial aid processes. What works for another student might not work for another. If the application process seems difficult, don't worry—the expert financial aid staff at Shippensburg is here to help you and your students understand it all.

Programs Offered

We offer more than 100 challenging and rewarding undergraduate programs of study in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services, and the top-rated John L. Grove College of Business.

Explore Major Options

If your students are undecided about a major or need time to explore majors, they can be admitted as exploratory students. The Department of Academic Engagement and Exploratory Studies will provide them with the support and guidance needed while planning their future.

Important Resources for New Students

We welcome your students aboard their exciting journey at Shippensburg University. As they embark on their college path, we are ready to guide you all through the many opportunities that Ship has to offer. 


Besides receiving their first-semester class schedule, orientation is where they learn the way around campus, find out about all the amazing features of life at Ship, and make new friends.

First-Year Experience

We know the first year of college can be particularly challenging, so we provide additional skills, support and mentorship during that critical period of transition.

First-Generation Students

The Office for Students First serves first-generation students from recruitment to graduation. Our focus is to enhance the academic quality of life for all students who aspire to be the first in their families to obtain a four-year college degree.

Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR)

We coordinate accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. We work with other departments and university students to lay the foundation of equal educational access to otherwise qualified individuals.


From suite rooms that suit their style to the more traditional housing options, we have it all. Your students can begin the Ship Experience with a freshman building or a Living Learning Community suite. Use our roommate matching software, MyCollegeRoomie, to look for roommates and select a suite within MyHousing portal.

Exploratory Studies

Undergraduate students have various choices to make regarding their academic journey. If they are an Exploratory Studies student, the Department of Academic Engagement & Exploratory Studies can help them understand their abilities, values, and interests and select the major that’s right for them.

Honors College

Whatever their background or academic interests, our Wood Honors College offers small classes, excellent teaching and exciting research, study abroad, and service-learning opportunities.


The Reserve Officer Training Corps is an academic program that helps your students develop leadership skills; we also teach basic military skills.

Technology Services

Our state-of-the-art technology resources and help services ensure your students are always ahead of the curve. From computer labs to scientific equipment to online information systems, our team strives to maintain the functionality and quality of equipment and services.

Commuter Services

If your students live off-campus, we provide many options to enrich their Ship experience.

Transfer Students

Whether your students want to transfer to Shippensburg University from a community college or a four-year institution, we are here to make their transition as smooth as possible.

Marching Band

The Shippensburg University Marching Band is a corps-style marching band that performs diverse styles of music while executing challenging, contemporary marching drill.

Helping your Students Succeed

Sometimes, your students might need a little push or extra support to realize their dreams. It’s the Raider Way to ensure it’s smooth sailing for them at all times.

Academic Success Program (ASP)

The Academic Success Program is geared to provide access and support to underprepared students who have the potential to succeed in higher education. We develop and maintain a comprehensive academic co-curricular support system to help them persist to graduation.

Early Alert

Our Early Alert program charts out a specific plan of action to help those who are struggling to reach their goals, including referrals to additional campus resources.


The Office of Academic Support for Student-Athletes provides a wide variety of academic and personal support services to aid and enhance the learning and development of all student-athletes at Ship.

Testing Center

Your students can take a wide variety of academic and professional examinations in a comfortable, quiet and secure testing environment administered by a knowledgeable, courteous staff. Our Testing Center adheres to the National College Testing Association (NCTA) Professional Standards and Guidelines.

Exploratory Studies

If your students do not declare a major at the time they are admitted, they will be enrolled as an exploratory student, and our office will serve as their academic home until they declare a major.