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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania







Robert M. Smith




Slippery Rock University is located in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania and is the western-most institution of the 14-campus Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The campus is situated in the Borough of Slippery Rock in Butler County, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. Two major interstates, I-79 and I-80 intersect about seven miles north of the borough, so it’s easy to reach from the north, south, east or west. The borough has a population of approximately 3,000 and encompasses a total area of 1.7 square miles. It is a safe and friendly community flanked by rolling farmlands, forests and sparkling glacial lakes. Slippery Rock is one of the prettiest places in western Pennsylvania, thanks in part to nearly $4 million in recent streetscape improvements. A signature rock waterfall and brick and rock sidewalks complement many new storefronts, while old-fashioned street lamps and a gazebo add nostalgic charm.


Safety management – Graduates of Slippery Rock University’s safety management program often find jobs before commencement and command starting salaries approaching $100,000 a year. The program has doubled in 10 years to nearly 300 majors. Graduates work in waste management, hazardous waste cleanup, workplace safety, health care, higher education, security, insurance, environment, restaurant inspection and risk control. SRU offers Hazwoper training leading to a certification, hands-on training with LifeFlight helicopter crews and an internship. May 2011 graduates found jobs with General Electric Transportation, Alcoa Fastening Systems – Aerospace Products and CONSOL Energy, among other companies.


Dance – The Department of Dance at Slippery Rock University promotes dance as an art form through the creative, technical, expressive and intellectual development of each student. The dance faculty offer personalized attention to each individual. Superior educational experiences in performance, choreography and teaching, with additional components of wellness for dancers and dance technology, will prepare you for your chosen profession and role in society. The Department of Dance at Slippery Rock University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.


Physics – Recent Slippery Rock University physics graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs at Yale, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, North Carolina State and the University of Memphis. Others became teachers. Physics majors benefit from a major renovation of Vincent Science Center, which offers labs for research in liquid crystals, Blu-ray Disc technology and nanofabrication. Pre-engineering agreements with West Virginia University, Pennsylvania State University and Youngstown State University enable students to earn bachelor’s degrees in physics and engineering. Whether in the classroom or laboratory, SRU professors take a learn-by-doing approach, with an emphasis on student-faculty collaboration.



Slippery Rock University is a student-friendly campus of more than 660 acres set among some of the region’s most scenic forests and lakes just 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. We combine the friendliness of a small, liberal arts college with the resources of a comprehensive university, including 17 Division II NCAA sports and more than 100 student organizations, including academic, professional, honorary, service, recreational, special interest and social organizations and associations. SRU offers a comprehensive learning experience that purposefully combines academic instruction with hands-on learning opportunities – a winning combination for success. We offer more than 60 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate programs including a doctorate in physical therapy. At The Rock, learning extends beyond the classroom. Our more than 8,500 students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities from undergraduate research…to community volunteerism…to academic internships…to study abroad…to personal leadership development.


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Men's - Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, indoor and outdoor track and soccer.


Women's - Basketball, cross country, field hockey, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.




​Allied health bachelor’s programs as gateway to 3 + 3 Doctorate of Physical Therapy, athletic training, business, communication, early childhood education (Pre-k to Grade 4), exercise science, parks and recreation, sport management and dance.



Created at 11/9/2010 6:41 PM by Haas, Diane
Last modified at 2/26/2014 11:27 AM by Haas, Diane