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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg, PA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate93%
Acceptance Rate93%

About Ship

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Overview

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a public, state school in a rural setting in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Ship was founded in 1871 and the school enrolls around 5,706 students per year, including 4,901 undergraduate students. Ship ensures on-campus housing for up to 2,549 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 50% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Activities at Ship

Love music or performing? At Ship you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Ship students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Ship has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Ship has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Ship on the Student Life page.

2022 Ship Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 93%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 40%
In-State Tuition $9,570
Out-of-State $10,048
Percent of Need Met 55.1%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,147

Is Ship a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer view of what Ship offers and if it seems like the right college for you.

Ship Acceptance Rate 2022

Ship is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Ship is 93%. Out of 6,000 applications received in 2022, 5,587 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ship

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Ship, around 78% are still enrolled the next year. Around 58% of students who started at Ship earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Ship Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Ship directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Ship's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Ship's endowment was valued at $55.6 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $9,480 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Ship

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Ship meets 55.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $11,147 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $35,918 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Ship.

Based on this information, how does Ship sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Ship a good school for you?

If Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania seems like a school you want to apply to, click the heart button to save it to your college list.

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Where is Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Located?

Ship is located in the rural setting of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

If you would like to see Ship for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 81 to Shippensburg, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Harrisburg International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Ship and Shippensburg are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299

Campus Setting: Rural

Ship Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Ship is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ship is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Ship ACT Scores


ACT Range

15 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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27 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Ship is 21. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Ship. Students with an ACT score that falls between 15 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 15 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ship SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

980 - 1160


Math SAT Range

480 - 590


Reading SAT Range

490 - 590

Ship Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Ship is like? There are approximately 5,668 students enrolled at Ship, including 4,901 undergraduate students and 767 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from PA and 9% percent of students are from other states.


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