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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Established 1871
Type Public
Endowment US$27.9 million[1]
President Dr. William Ruud
Faculty 302 full time
130 part time
Undergraduates 6,579 full-time
Postgraduates 1,074 full-time
Location Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Rural, 200 acres (810,000 m²)
Nickname Red Raiders
Mascot "Big Red"
Affiliations NCAA D-II; PSAC

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly known as Ship, or SU, is a public university located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 40 miles (64 km) west-southwest of Harrisburg. It is one of the 14 state universities that compose the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Shippensburg University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). The U.S. News & World Report again ranked Shippensburg University among the top public universities in the North in its book "America's Best Colleges 2009." In the annual rankings, Shippensburg is tied for 58th among all institutions in the North region. It was named one of the 100 best values among public colleges in "Kiplinger's Personal Finance". Ship was also included in the 2007 edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best Northeastern Colleges."[citation needed]



Old Main

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania was established in 1870, contrary to popular belief that the university was founded in 1871 which Shippensburg's main entrance gates even displays, as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. The school received official approval by the state on February 21, 1873, and was admitted its first class of 217 students on April 15, 1873. In 1917 the school was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

On June 4, 1926, the school was authorized to grant the bachelor of science in education degree in elementary and junior high education. The school received a charter on October 12, 1926, making it the first normal school in Pennsylvania to become a state teachers college. On June 3, 1927, the State Council of Education authorized the school to change its name to the State Teachers College at Shippensburg.

The business education curriculum was approved on December 3, 1937. On December 8, 1939, Shippensburg State Teachers College became the first teachers college in Pennsylvania and the fourth in the United States to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and (Secondary) Schools.

Luhrs Performing Art Center was completed in Fall of 2005.

The State Council of Education approved graduate work leading to the master of education degree on January 7, 1959. On January 8, 1960, the name change to Shippensburg State College was authorized.

The arts and sciences curriculum was authorized by the State Council of Education on April 18, 1962, and the bachelor of science in business administration degree program was initiated on September 1, 1967.

On November 12, 1982, the governor of the Commonwealth signed Senate Bill 506 establishing the State System of Higher Education. Shippensburg State College was designated Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 1983.

In 1985, many of the original historic buildings of the campus, including Old Main, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Lehman Library


  • 52 undergraduate programs are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, and the John L. Grove College of Business.
  • 8 pre-professional programs are offered, including pre-vet and pre-med in addition to 7 affiliate programs whereby students can earn combined undergraduate and graduate degrees through accelerated programs. Shippensburg is known for the educational department.
  • 17 programs are offered by the School of Graduate Studies and 3 Post Master's Programs.
  • Shippensburg is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, AACSB International, American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers, and Council for Exceptional Children.
  • The Department of Geography & Earth Science offers major, minor, and certificate programs in Geographic Information Science.


  • Arts and Sciences
  • Education and Human Services
  • John L. Grove College of Business
  • School of Academic Programs and Services
  • School of Graduate Studies

The Division of Extended Studies also offers a variety of courses, workshops, training sessions, continuing education, and credit and non-credit courses.


The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library provides Web access to: its holdings, the holdings of the State Library and 24 other academic libraries, a variety of full text databases, electronic books, and Internet sites. The library collection includes over 2 million items, including bound volumes, micro-form pieces, periodicals, audiovisual titles, government documents, and University archives. The Information and Computing Technologies Center maintains a campus network with a number of computer labs for student use. Each student at SU receives an email account and access to the Internet. At the end of the 2009 school year, the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library first floor was completely renovated with new work stations, computers, and a new look.


Athletic Logo

Shippensburg University is an NCAA Division II school and one of fourteen schools to compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The home venue of the universities football and track and field programs is Seth Grove Stadium. The school maintains intercollegiate programs for baseball, basketball (Men & Women), cross country (Men & Women), field hockey, football, lacrosse (Men & Women), soccer (Men & Women), softball, track & field (Men & Women), swimming (Men & Women), tennis (Women), volleyball (Women) and wrestling. Several club sports, such as rugby (Men & Women), Ultimate Frisbee and the inline hockey team, also participate in independent leagues. The women's rugby club won intercollegiate Division II national titles in 2008 and 2009. [3] The team name is the Red Raiders, although there was a rumor they were going to change it due to a new NCAA policy. The team colors are blue and red. The mascot is "Big Red," a red-tail hawk wearing a pirates hat. Shippensburg University has won several regional athletic championships, including the Dixon Trophy in: 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2005 for overall all-conference athletic achievement.[4]

Notable alumni





  • John N. Abrams, served as the Commanding General of the United States Army’s Training and Doctrine Command
  • Lieutenant General George R. (Ron) Christmas, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
  • Brig. Gen. Michael C Flowers, former commander, Joint Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC)
  • Pat Foote, retired US Army Brigadier General
  • General Tommy Franks, former Commander-in-Chief of American occupation forces in Iraq
  • Jay Garner, former Director of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq
  • General David D. McKiernan, a four-star general in the U.S. Army currently serving as commander of U.S. Army forces in Europe
  • Dennis Reimer, Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1995 to 1999
  • Brigadier General Earl Simms, USA (Ret.), currently serves as the Vice President of Army Programs for Serco Inc. of Vienna, Virginia
  • Brigadier General Patrick A. Murphy, Director, Joint Staff, New York National Guard
  • Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, NATO. former, Deputy Commanding General of Walter Reed Army Medical Center



  • Kim Nelson, former CIO of the Environmental Protection Agency and current Executive Director for eGovernment at Microsoft


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Coordinates: 40°03′40″N 77°31′19″W / 40.061°N 77.522°W / 40.061; -77.522


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