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.

Overview

Applicants
5,775
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.42

GPA Breakdown

25%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 530
SAT Math
460 - 550
ACT Composite
19 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Overall

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.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
393
with Terminal Degree
322

199
Women
194
Men
68
Minority
4
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
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

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

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,998

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,859

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,354

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,458

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
85%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,063

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,820
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$10,230
Required Fees
$2,489
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,517

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,943
Transportation for Commuters
$2,963

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
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

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

Overall

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."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,587
Out of State
10%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
31

Demographics

5.23%
African-American
2.18%
Hispanic
86.81%
Caucasian
2.01%
Unknown
1.19%
International

57% female
43% male
10% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

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.

Campus Life

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

Quality of life rating
73
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
96

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
185
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
6

2% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

21% 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

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
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.

Green Rating
91
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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
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, 2014.

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
Slippery Rock: Fairfield Inn & Suites 1000 University Park, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 (724) 406-0535 Applebutter Inn - Bed and Breakfast Route 173, less than 1/2 mile south of Slippery Rock (724) 794-1844 Approximately 10 minutes from campus and located beside the Prime Outlets (make sure to ask if they offer a discount of those visiting SRU): Best Western 1924 Leesburg-Grove City Road Grove City, PA 16127 (724) 748-5836 Comfort Inn 118 Garrett Drive Grove City, PA 16127 (800) 228-5150 or (724) 748-1005 Elephant and Castle Inn 1923 Leesburg-Grove City Road Grove City, PA 16127 (724) 748-0103 Hampton Inn 4 Holiday Blvd. Mercer, PA 16137 (724) 748-5744 Holiday Inn Express 21 Holiday Boulevard Mercer, PA 16137 (724) 748-5514 Microtel Inn and Suites 2049 Leesburg - Grove City Road Grove City, PA 16127 (724) 748-9920 Super 8 2001 Leesburg-Grove City Road Mercer, PA 16137 (724) 748-3000
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Key Stats

5,775
Applicants
7,587
Size
66%
Acceptance Rate
1000
SAT Scores

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