University Overview

Shawnee State University (SSU), the regional state university of Southern Ohio, is the university of opportunity, preparing students for the changing needs of business, industry, education, and society. To enrich the lives of the community, Shawnee State University provides continuing personal and professional development, intellectual discovery, and appreciation for the creative and performing arts.

SSU offers more than 80 bachelor's and associate degree programs in areas such as fine, digital, and performing arts; English and humanities; mathematical sciences; natural sciences; social sciences; teacher education; business administration; industrial and engineering technologies; and health sciences (including nursing, dental hygiene, occupational therapy, EMT, medical laboratory technology, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, and respiratory therapy). These are offered at one of the lowest tuition rates among Ohio public universities and in-state rates to eligible students in Kentucky. Fall 2003 enrollment at Ohio's newest four-year institution is nearly 3,700.

Shawnee State University's federally funded TRIO programs prepare qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds for programs of post-secondary education. The university features six TRIO programs-Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Center, Veterans Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math Science.

Shawnee State University is also home to the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE), an organization that sponsors projects in 40 partner public school districts and 10 member institutions. Its goal is to break down the barriers to access and success in higher education. Twenty-nine Ohio Appalachia counties are in the project area, and OACHE-sponsored projects have been responsible for increasing the college-going rate in the school systems in these counties.

The SSU Graduate Center works with other institutions to bring graduate educational opportunities to the residents of south-central Ohio. The university now offers five graduate programs on campus, and one additional program is set to begin soon. SSU will, pending Ohio Board of Regents approval, offer its very first master's degree program-a master's degree in occupational therapy.

The only public university in Ohio located on the banks of the Ohio River, SSU sports a beautifully landscaped, 52-acre campus. The 24 buildings (not counting the four new Campus View student housing complexes) include the Advanced Technology Center, that houses the Digistar II Clark Planetarium; the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts with a 1,139 seat Main Theater that hosts Broadway musicals and many other concerts and programs; 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. Other buildings include the Clark Memorial Library featuring multimedia and streaming video resources, access to both traditional hard copy and electronic full-text books and articles, a variety of study-space options, OhioLINK, and personal assistance to students and faculty; and the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center featuring weight rooms, racquetball courts, gymnasium, and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool.

Engaged in relationships with universities in Germany, China, Japan, and Spain, Shawnee State University attracts a growing number of international students while SSU students themselves have the opportunity to travel and study abroad thanks to the Hodgden Travel Fund and the Center for International Programs and Activities.

Shawnee State University has a rich tradition of success in athletics. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), SSU has participated in 22 National Championships in five of 11 sponsored sports. The SSU women's basketball team won the NAIA Division II National Championship in 1999. A member of the American Mideast Conference since 1991, the Bears have garnered 18 championships in five sports.

Students come to SSU for many reasons including a low student/faculty ratio, more than $2 million in scholarships, and proven programs that ensure success in the classroom and in future employment.