Application for Admission

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Application Instructions

If you are a high school senior, transfer student, or an international undergraduate student you should complete this application. If this is your second undergraduate degree - please choose the Transfer Application.  Remember to save each screen as you complete it and when you are finished, click 'SUBMIT' button located to the far left of any application screen.  Use the navigation buttons within the application, DO NOT use the back or forward internet browser buttons. 
** NOTE:  Only one account can be created per e-mail address! **


If you are an Art and Design major, you must also submit a Portfolio
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Application fee waivers must be sent directly from your high school guidance office to the Office of Admissions.

First Year Student:  (scroll down to apply)

Shippensburg is selective in its admission standards. Most entering students present SAT or ACT scores above the national average as well as a typical high school college preparatory program. In the admissions decision, we consider your class rank, grade point average, level of difficulty of your high school curriculum, and standardized test scores.

When should I apply/deadline date?

Complete and submit the application, with a nonrefundable fee of $45, early in your senior year. May/June high school graduates are urged to initiate the application process as soon as possible for the FALL SEMESTER. Final dates for receiving applications in the Office of Admissions for any entry period are subject to change without notice, applications will be considered by the Office of Admissions on a rolling basis. The applicant will be notified within 2-3 business days after the application is complete.

*Shippensburg University subscribes to the CEEB fee waiver program. This program provides waivers for those students for whom the fee is judged a hardship. Students should request submission of the fee waiver form through their high school counselor.

What items are required for first year students?

  • Official High School Transcript
  • SAT Scores

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Transfer Student:  (scroll down to apply)

Required items for transfer students:

  • Official transcripts from EACH college/university previously attended
  • High school transcript and SAT or ACT scores, IF transferring with less than 12 college-level credits
  • non-refundable application fee of $45

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When should I apply/deadline date?

Shippensburg University uses a rolling admissions deadline, which means you may apply at any time prior to the start of the semester in which you plan to enroll. Please be aware that space is limited in some majors and applying early is the best way to ensure a seat in your degree program.

NOTE You should apply for admission no later than one semester prior to the semester in which you plan to attend. For some majors such as Criminal Justice, Business, and Elementary Education, transfer students are encouraged to apply early.

When will I know if I've been accepted?

File review takes between 2-4 weeks. The Admissions Office will notify you by mail of your admissions decision. You can also check your Application Status online.

What are the admissions criteria for transfer students?

Transfer students are evaluated on the basis of ALL work attempted at accredited institutions. A comparison of schools listed on the application versus schools listed on the FAFSA information will be done.  Falsification of records could result in the application being rejected.  A cumulative grade point average (GPA) is computed based on all work attempted above the developmental level.

A minimum college GPA of 2.0 and 12 course credits is required for admission. Students transferring with less than 12 college-level credits need to submit a high school transcript and SAT scores along with their college transcripts when applying. An admissions decision will be based on all criteria. Some majors require prerequisite courses or a minimum GPA prior to transferring. Applicants who meet the criteria for admission but who cannot be accommodated in the major of choice will be permitted to select another major or defer admission until a later date.

International Undergraduates:  (scroll down to apply)

For the purpose of this application, please the drop down list.  You will be asked to pay the non-refundable application fee of $45 USD (submit a check that includes a banking bar code or a money order). We will not accept paper currency.

When should I apply/deadline date?

Final Deadline for Fall Semester--no later than July 25

Due to the extra steps involved for applicants outside of the country, the final deadline is June 15.

While Shippensburg University reviews applications on a rolling basis, we strongly recommend that applicants who live outside of the United States and its territories have all application materials for admission be submitted at least 4 (four) months prior to the semester in which you would like to enroll. Applicants are encouraged to have all application materials submitted together allowing for sufficient time to obtain a visa in your country.

What items are required for international students?

Provide proof of English proficiency (applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of a test of English proficiency).

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Our recommended score for the TOEFL is 66 for the internet-based test or 500 for the paper-based test. The recommended score for IELTS is 6.0. (Shippensburg University's test code for the TOEFL is 2657) International applicants from a country where English is the native/official language may be exempted from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement, however, the SAT is required.

1. Shippensburg University requires all international applicants to hold the U.S. equivalent of a high school diploma. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all prior college, university, or secondary school work. If you are from a country outside of the United States and its territories, official transcripts must be sent directly to an International Credential Evaluator for U.S. equivalency evaluation purposes. Shippensburg University accepts credentials that are evaluated by World Education Services (WES -, Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE -, or a NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluating Services) recognized evaluating entity. Examples of these entities can be found by visiting the NACES web link.

Note: A Course-by-Course (CxC) report is required of all applicants (first year or transfer). These documents should include the complete academic record/transcript indicating receipt of the secondary diploma/degree or the award of college credit. The cost of this evaluation is the responsibility of the student and is not part of the application fee. Official, evaluated transcripts must: be sent directly from the evaluator to Shippensburg University.

2. Shippensburg University requires documentation of Financial Support.

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Contact Us

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Attn: Office of Admissions
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA  17257-2299

Telephone: (717) 477-1231
Fax number: (717) 477-4016


To complete this online application, type your answers in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the popup lists (where applicable).

After you complete a screen, click the NEXT button at the bottom or on one of the sections listed on the left column to move to a different screen. Before you are allowed to jump screens, we will inspect your data on the current screen for errors or inconsistencies. If errors or omissions are found, you will be returned to the screen to correct your answer(s). Otherwise, your data will be saved and you will proceed to the requested screen. We also allow you to skip to another screen without your new data being saved. Be aware that if you use the Skip & Jump function on the left column, data on the current screen will not be saved and will have to be reentered prior to submittal.

Once you have completed the application, click the SUBMIT button located on the left column to submit the application.

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