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.

Why such global appeal? We’re different from other schools. All classes are taught by faculty members, not graduate assistants. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 20 to 1, allowing for personalized instruction. And many of our undergraduate and graduate programs are recognized nationally for their excellence. In fact, U.S. News & World Report rated Ship as a top university in the north again.

At Ship, we also nurture more than young minds. We nurture healthy lifestyles at our fully equipped recreation center, and our on-site childcare center nurtures children of students and staff with superior care provided by certified teachers. These are just a few of the many reasons why students from around the world and prominent faculty are coming aboard Ship.

Find out more how Ship is different and how we can make a difference in your life. Apply today!

Did you know…?
• Fall 2016 enrollment was 7,000 students - 6,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduates
• 95% of our 325 full-time instructional faculty members have terminal degrees
• Ship offers 100 undergraduate programs and 57 graduate programs
• Students participate in more than 150 clubs and organizations
• Each student receives an e-mail account and Internet access

Find out more interesting facts and stats about Ship!

While Ship started out as a Normal School in 1871, education here is anything but normal. It's different - and it's better. On your way to making history and changing the world, learn more about our history.

Can't get to Ship fast enough, or maybe you miss it when you're gone? Take a virtual tour of the campus - it's the next best thing to being here!

Ship has a variety of sustainability opportunities. Find out more how our sustainable values are evident throughout campus.

On August 7, 2017, Laurie A Carter, J.D., became the 17th president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Many people put in plenty of time and energy to make Ship a better place, from the Office of President to university trustees to governing boards and committees. Learn more about our administration and how we're organized for a successful future.