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Shawnee State University - the regional state university of Southern Ohio--prepares students for the changing needs of bus
iness, industry, education, and society through its diversified degree programs. Recognizing the importance of knowledge, values, and cultural enrichment, Shawnee State University is committed to providing higher education that fosters competence in oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, and critical analysis/logical thinking. To enrich the lives of the community, Shawnee State University provides opportunities for continuing personal and professional development, intellectual discovery, and appreciation for the creative and performing arts.
Offering more than 80 bachelor’s, associate and masters degree programs in areas such as arts and humanities, mathematical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, teacher education, business administration, industrial and engineering technologies, and health sciences, at one of the lowest tuition rate among Ohio public universities and reduced in-district rates to eligible students in Kentucky and West Virginia; Shawnee State University is the university of opportunity. Enrollment at Ohio’s newest four-year university is typically around 3,500.
The only public university in Ohio located on the banks of the Ohio River, Shawnee State University features a beautifully-landscaped 52-acre campus featuring 21 buildings including the Advanced Technology Center that features one of only 50 Digistar II planetariums in the world; a three-story library featuring computers, Internet access, and thousands of books, CDs, government documents, and periodicals; the 102,000 square foot Vern Riffe Center for the Arts featuring a 1,139 seat Main Theater; the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center that features weight rooms, racquetball courts, gymnasium, a dance classroom, and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool; and the Children’s Learning Center, a facility that serves as a learning center for the children of students/faculty/staff/community members and a lab school for teacher education students at SSU.
Shawnee State University has a rich tradition of success in athletics. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, SSU has participated in 24 National Championships in 6 of 11 sponsored sports. The SSU women’s basketball team won the NAIA Division II National Championship on March 16, 1999. A member of the American Mideast Conference since 1991, formerly the Mid-Ohio Conference, the Shawnee State Bears have won 17 championships.
In establishing the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA) Shawnee actively seeks to attract a growing number of international students to study at our university; has sister-institution affiliations with universities in Germany, China, Spain, and Morocco; and offers on a regular basis many travel/study abroad courses to an ever increasing choice of destination such as Greece, Britain, Spain, and Ireland in order to increase global awareness among its students -- some of these courses are funded by the Hodgden Travel Fund and many others are funded, in part, by CIPA
Students come to SSU for many reasons including a low student/teacher ratio, more than $1.5 million in scholarships, and proven programs that ensure success in the classroom and in finding jobs.