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