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Colleges / Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

About Ship

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a public, state school in a rural setting in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Ship was founded in 1871 and now enrolls around 6,130 students a year, including 5,324 undergrads. Ship offers 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 .

There are many ways for students to get involved at Ship! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Ship'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.

Thinking of pledging? Ship has 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.

Learn more about life at Ship on the Student Life page.

2021 Ship Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 94%
Average GPA 3.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 87%
In-State Tuition $9,570
Out-of-State $17,362
Percent of Need Met 56%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $10,305

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 selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at to get a better idea of what Ship offers and if it sounds like the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

It is moderately difficult to get into Ship. The acceptance rate at Ship is 94%. Out of 6,759 applications received in 2021, 6,347 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ship

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

About 77% of students who start at Ship come back the next year. Around 51% 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.

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. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $42 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Ship spends about $9,357 a year.

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 56% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,305 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $36,594 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some 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 be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Ship. Based on this information, how does Ship sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Ship a good school for you?

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Where is Ship?

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

If you want 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

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

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Ship ACT Scores


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Ship is 20. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into Ship. Students with an ACT score that falls between 15 and 23 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.

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Composite SAT Range

950 - 1140


Math SAT Range

470 - 570


Reading SAT Range

470 - 580

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Wondering what life at Ship is like? There are approximately 6,130 students enrolled at Ship, including 5,324 undergraduate students and 806 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 92% percent are from PA and 8% percent of students are from other states.


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