Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania: Narrative Description

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1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Tel: (717)477-7447
Admissions: (717)477-1231
Fax: (717)477-1273
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1871. Setting: 200-acre rural campus. Endowment: $17.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $478,592. Educational spending 2003-04: $5157 per student. Total enrollment: 7,653. Faculty: 378 (309 full-time, 69 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 6,460 applied, 64% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 34% from top quarter, 72% from top half. 21 class presidents, 141 student government officers. Full-time: 6,291 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 288 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 21 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 51% 25 or older, 34% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Wilson College, Marine Science Consortium, Art Institutes International, Fashion Institute of Technology, HACC, Hagerstown CC, Carroll CC, Alleghany College, Co. Osmo, PJJHE Frederic CC, International Studies Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, class rank. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4810 full-time, $200 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,026 full-time, $501 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1176 full-time, $20 per credit hour part-time, $127 per term part-time. College room and board: $5274. College room only: $3190. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 247 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 7% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: band, Christian Fellowship, Residence Hall Association, United Campus Ministry, African-American Organization. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Days, Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, surveillance cameras in certain parking lots and buildings, foot, vehicular and bicycle patrols by security officers. 2,650 college housing spaces available; 2,542 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Ezra Lehman Memorial Library with 447,016 books, 1.3 million microform titles, 1,255 serials, 76,846 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.6 million. 800 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in south-central Pennsylvania, Shippensburg, population 6,500, is a semirural community. The area has 32 churches of various denominations, a library, and many civic and fraternal organizations. Recreational activities include fishing, hunting, swimming, football, baseball, and bowling. Limited part-time employment opportunities are available.