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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Founded in 1871 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School, Shippensburg University is a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and school of choice to more than 7,000 students. While most are Pennsylvania residents, Ship has also attracted students from 15 nations and 20 other states.

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Shippensburg University was founded as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School in 1871 and received official recognition and approval by the commonwealth on February 21, 1873. Two months later, on April 15, we admitted our first class of 217 students from south-central Pennsylvania. Seeing greater potential for the school, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased it in 1917.


At Shippensburg, your educational, professional and personal goals are important to us. You'll be able to harness your strengths to achieve those goals through engaging classes, research, hands-on internships, diverse campus activities and community-building service projects.


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!


Immediately after graduation, approximately half of our students enter industry, business, or government agencies where employment usually involves laboratory testing or research.


Student services

  • Administration and Finance
  • Administrative Services
  • Alumni Affairs
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Dean of Students
  • Facilities Management
  • Financial Aid
  • Grants & Public Service
  • Housing/Residence Life
  • Human Resources
  • Institutional Research and Planning 
  • Library (Ezra Lehman)
  • Office of the President
  • Purchasing & Contracting Office
  • Provost's Office
  • Registrar
  • Shippensburg University Foundation
  • Student Accounts (Bursar)
  • Student Affairs
  • Social Equity Office
  • Technology & Library Services
  • Travel / Accounts Payable Office
  • University Police.

Housing services

  • Students with disabilities must be able to perform the essential objectives of the program/course with or without “reasonable accommodations.” Reasonable accommodations are defined as approved modifications which do not fundamentally alter the nature of the program/course, including academic requirements in post-secondary education. Students who receive appropriate accommodations at Shippensburg University must fulfill the requirements of the program/course. An accommodation cannot lower the standards or change the objectives of the program / course.

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.

Student Life

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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