SSU Description

The Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, lives up to its motto and “stands out” from other large public universities with its emphasis on close student-teacher relationships, unconditional acceptance policy, and wide variety of scholarships unique to Shawnee State.

All high school graduates who complete the online application and send in their high school transcripts are unconditionally accepted. Applicants under 21 years of age must also submit their ACT/SAT scores to the admissions office.

Academics at the university include more than 80 undergraduate degree programs. Both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are offered in a wide variety of fields like:

  • English and Humanities
  • International Relations
  • Social Sciences
  • Gaming and Simulation Developing Arts
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • And many more

The school also offers three master’s degrees: Education (with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction), Education Intervention Specialist (K-12) and Occupational Therapy.

Certificate programs are also offered in Environmental Science and Deaf Studies.

Shawnee State has many student clubs and organizations, like college democrats or republicans, environmental club, Shawnee State philanthropy council, and many more.

Student services are also available, including academic advising, career counseling, and the center for community service, among others.

On campus housing is available, but not required for incoming students.

Tuition is set lower for in-state students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, including a number of Shawnee State University scholarships..

Quick Facts about Shawnee State University

Region

Midwest

Setting

Small Town Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Bear

Website

www.shawnee.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Open Admissions

In-State Tuition

$5,718

Out-of-State Tuition

$10,524

Retention Rate

53%

Enrollment

4,036

Year Established

1986

SSU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
3,935
Freshman Class
1,946
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
4,036

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
97%
Graduate
3%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
0%
Part-Time
100%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
1%
African American
5%
Caucasian
85%
American Indian or Alaska native
1%
Unknown and Other
8%

International Students

International
1%
Domestic
99%

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