Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257


Undergraduate: 5,324
Graduate: 806
Total Headcount: 6,130

From Philly, to SUTV, to Fox Sports

Junior communication/journalism major Mackenzie Mitchell took a leap of faith transitioning from the suburbs of Philadelphia to a place where there are more cows than people.

However, she soon realized that home isn’t just a place; it’s a feeling. It’s the joy warming up on the dewy, morning grass with her teammates on the Women’s Soccer. Or the nervous excitement before a show as sports director for Ship’s student-run news station, SUTV. It’s a feeling of family.​


 Points of Pride

​Shippensburg is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, AACSB International, ABET, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers, & Council for Exceptional Children.

​Shippensburg became the first normal school in Pennsylvania to become a state teachers college in 1926.​

​Shippensburg in 1939 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.

​The Department of Communication/Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. It is one of only 111 programs nationally and internationally to earn this recognition and is the only accredited program in the State System and one of only two in Pennsylvania.

​Shippensburg students volunteer more than 20,000 hours of community service and thousands of dollars in cash or material to civic and community organizations annually. A group of students has made several trips to Vietnam to help build a school there and members of the Honors Program make regular trips to the Dominican Republic to support young students there.​

 Notable Alumni

Dean Koontz '67 - World-wide, best-selling author

​U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen ’69 - First elected female governor and first elected female senator from New Hampshire

​Dr. William Klunk ’78 - Internationally-known Alzheimer’s researcher

​Dr. Gary and Mary Jo Grove. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in 1968 and his master’s degree in 1970, and Mary Jo earned her bachelor’s degree in 1969 and her master’s degree in 1970. They are founders of cyberDERM Inc., which focuses on computerized biomedical research instruments that allow changes in skin structure and function to be monitored non-invasively.

​Rich Pizzarro ’88, Software Architect and Entrepreneur ​

 University Rankings

Best Regional Universities – North
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Best Business Schools
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