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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania


Founded in 1871, Shippensburg University has a long and proud history centered on serving the educational, social and cultural needs of our students. We were the first normal school in Pennsylvania to be chartered as a state teachers college and the first to be accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 


Ship's primary commitment is to student learning and personal development through effective and innovative teaching, plus a wide variety of high-quality, out-of-class experiences. Our ultimate goal is to have students fully develop their intellectual, personal and social capabilities to perform as competent citizens prepared to embark on a career immediately upon graduation or after advanced study. 


  • In our research programs, you’ll be able to work side-by-side with faculty who are making important advancements in their fields. You don’t have to wait until you’re a graduate student to start either - we offer research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Shippensburg University encourages you to dig deep into a subject that interests you. Discover unknown phenomena, develop theories, reinterpret existing knowledge, apply established results to new situations and construct original work that advances human understanding. Ultimately, you can play a part in deepening our comprehension of the world, the universe and ourselves.


The Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center (CMPDC) supports all Ship students, faculty, staff, families, employers and organizations, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Its services go far beyond just helping you find a job. The CMPDC also helps you with resumes, cover letters, applications, portfolios, the interview process, professionalism, and more. The center also holds workshops and career fairs throughout the year.

Student services

Need help with visiting campus, requesting information or applying? We’re here for you! Our staff is ready to support you as you take your first steps toward an education at Shippensburg University. You can also meet us in your town by finding us at events near you.

Housing services

Living away from home means more freedom, excitement, maybe some nervousness, new experiences and best of all, new friends. We know all of this, and we promise we are always ready to help you feel right at home.

Library services

  • The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library is a place where the campus community comes to  learn, research and study. It is an invaluable resource.  Your support is necessary for the purchase of books, scholarly journals,newspapers, subscriptions and research material and for the preservation and display of the archives and special collections.

ICT services

  • Shippensburg University is proud to offer state-of-the-art technology resources and help services to the entire university community.  From computer labs to scientific equipment to online information systems, the Technology Services team strives to maintain the functionality and quality of equipment and services.

Medical services

Our university’s health services are available to all undergraduate and graduate students who have paid the comprehensive health fee, which is billed as part of your tuition and fees.

Campus life

  • When you attend school at Ship, you belong to a community of friendly people that's always ready to lend a helping hand. From faculty members providing expert guidance to like-minded fellow students "in the know" about housing and a wide range of activities, Ship has the togetherness of a small, private school in a large campus setting. 

Sports facilities

  • The Recreation Department is committed to providing a variety of structured opportunities to the University Community. The department offers individuals the opportunity to develop personally through involvement with Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Group Fitness, and Aquatics.

Student clubs

  • The Graduate Student Association Board (GSAB) is the primary organization for graduate students at Shippensburg University. Simply by being enrolled as a graduate student at Shippensburg University, you’re a member and reap the benefits!

Shippensburg University has both institutional and specialized accreditations. The university holds accreditations by:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • ABET, Inc.
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences ( ACJS)
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication ( ACEJMC)
  • American Chemical Society ( ACS) 
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 
  • Council on Social Work Education ( CSWE) 
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs ( CACREP) 
  • International Association of Counseling Services ( AICS)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers ( NCATE).

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, United States

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