Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania campus

Overview

Applicants
5,781
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.41

GPA Breakdown

24%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 540
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 540
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
420 - 520
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
21:1
Total Faculty
403
with Terminal Degree
304

211
Women
192
Men
63
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
52%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Ecology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Administration of Special Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Clinical/Medical Social Work
  • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist
  • Health and Wellness, General
  • Health Services Administration
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Voice and Opera
  • Woodwind Instruments


Students Say

Slippery Rock University is a medium-sized school in western Pennsylvania that is growing tremendously, yet, remains "fairly small compared to" other schools in the state. SRU has a "wonderful business school" and notable programs in music and physical therapy. The education majors are "excellent" as well. Academics at The Rock are solid but not overly demanding. "I don't feel like I'm wildly intelligent," muses a senior, "but when I hear that people have honest trouble making it through this school, I worry." Many professors are "very good teachers." Once you get into your major, "professors start to care about you." "I have been pleased with the availability of the professors, their willingness to work with students, and their reliability," reflects a senior. SRU's administration "rocks." "They are very personable and take the time to listen to students." However, some students note it can be hard to get into the classes you need.

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Matt Adams
First Baseman, St. Louis Cardinals

Robert J. Stevens
Executive Chair, retired President and CEO, Lockheed Martin

Sheila Drohan
Owner/Founder, Corporate Fitness Works

Daniel P. Gillen
Senior Director of Human Relations, McDonald's Corporation

Brandon Fusco
Center, Minnesota Vikings

C. Vivian Stringer
Head Women's Basketball Coach, Rutgers Univ.

Donny Iris
American Rock Musician

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
52%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 16

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,971

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,838

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,391

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
86%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,039

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,154

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,238
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$10,858
Required Fees
$2,624
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,550

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,050
Transportation for Commuters
$3,220

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,110
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,583
Foreign Countries Represented
35

Demographics

5.21%
African-American
2.41%
Hispanic
85.80%
Caucasian
1.30%
Unknown
1.02%
International

57% female
43% male
11% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Students Say

It's a "blue-collar" crowd, "not a bunch of spoiled rich kids." For the most part, "the people here are real people who have to actually work their way through college." "Most of the students come from the Pittsburgh area, or smaller towns" in the region and they "have a lot in common" with each other. Nontraditional students will find many kindred souls and so will students "straight out of high school." The Rock is "more diverse than a small farm town" but only by a little. "There are some foreign students" and some kids from different ethnic groups, but not many. "There is a variety of personalities on campus," though. "The stereotypical prep or jock" is well represented, but "cliques are pretty diverse, ranging from social partying crowds, to study groups, to tree-hugging hippies."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
37%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Students Say

This "breathtakingly beautiful" campus "in the middle of nowhere" is rather enormous. "It is a hike to get to some classes" and the "hilly layout" doesn't help, particularly in the winter. ("The school is called 'Slippery Rock' for a reason.") The recreation center is excellent. Six out of eight campus dorms were built less than a year ago and the remaining were renovated. "I think some of the classrooms and buildings could be fixed up," says a sophomore. "I know [the administration is] trying to change the look and feel of the campus and that is great [because] it really is a beautiful place to be." Clubs and organized activities are abundant. Posters and sidewalk chalk describing various happenings are reportedly everywhere. "Intramural sports are huge." "Greek life is big enough to have an impact, but not too big where you can't have a social life without joining one." However, Slippery Rock is basically "a commuter school that is trying to become a stay-on-campus school." Students who remain on campus over the weekend "definitely tend to party" but "don't get too extreme." Some students call the surrounding community "quaint," but others say it's "a hick town." Whatever the case, there's "not a lot of action" except for a few bars. Without your own vehicle, "you will be stuck in your dorm or apartment. A lot." With a car, trips to larger nearby towns are possible. "The proximity to Pittsburgh" allows for an easy escape when the urge for a more serious road trip strikes.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
189
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
6

1% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

33% participate in intramural sports
6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (The Rock)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (The Rock)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania has been built on a sustainability ethic since 1889, when citizens of the region, along with students and staff, developed a self-sufficient farm community. That commitment to sustainable practices continues today through a myriad of green initiatives, committees and environmental centers on campus. For instance, the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research allows faculty and students to work together to educate, demonstrate, and research sustainable practices and technologies. An ACUPCC signatory, the university has developed a Climate Action Plan and ensured that all new construction projects will seek LEED certification standards or better. SRU has improved its campus energy efficiency by 45 percent, avoided more than $1 million dollars in fossil fuel costs, and reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent since 2005. While the administration is leading the sustainability charge, the students are highly active as well. Student groups have developed a Green Bike Initiative that provides bikes in order to “promote a healthy lifestyle through cycling while minimizing petroleum based transportation and parking problems within the Slippery Rock Community.” Students have also fueled the university’s participation in RecycleMania and the development of a Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator. Students fortunate enough to live in the new $140 million Residence Village enjoy the comfort of a LEED-certified home boasting energy-efficient heating and air conditioning and dozens of large energy-efficient windows for plenty of natural light.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
28%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
52

Average Number of PC's per Lab
26

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admissions Staff
Admissions Staff

Address
1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1326

Phone
800-929-4778

Email
asktherock@sru.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Aebersold Recreation Center
Residential Suite Complex and Living/Learning Communities
Robert M. Smith Student Center
Bailey Library
Advanced Science and Technology Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Premium Outlets at Grove City (shopping)
North Country Brewing Co. (restaurant)
Ginger Hill (restaurant)
Clearview Mall
Moraine State Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
8:00 am-4:30 pm
800-929-4778

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Typically 9:00 and 1:00
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
contact coach of sport

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle Bus - The Happy Bus Transport Shuttles Public Buses Pittsburgh International Airport Orbit Shuttle

Driving Instructions to Campus
Interstate 79 to Slippery Rock Exit 105. Route 108 East 3 miles.

Local Accommodations
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