Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Shippensburg University Of Pennsylvania

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly known as Ship, or SU, is a public university located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 40 miles (64 km) west-southwest of Harrisburg. It is one of the 14 state universities that compose the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Shippensburg University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). The U.S. News & World Report again ranked Shippensburg University among the top public universities in the North in its book "America's Best Colleges 2009." In the annual rankings, Shippensburg is tied for 58th among all institutions in the North region. It was named one of the 100 best values among public colleges in "Kiplinger's Personal Finance". Ship was also included in the 2007 edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best Northeastern Colleges."


Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania was established in 1870, contrary to popular belief that the university was founded in 1871 which Shippensburg's main entrance gates even displays, as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. The school received official approval by the state on February 21, 1873, and was admitted its first class of 217 students on April 15, 1873. In 1917 the school was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

On June 4, 1926, the school was authorized to grant the bachelor of science in education degree in elementary and junior high education. The school...
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