Shawnee State University

940 Second St, Portsmouth, OH 45662
Tel: (740)354-3205
Public | 4,509 students
Shawnee State University-the regional state university for Southern Ohio-prepares students for the changing needs ofbusiness, 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 competencein oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, and critical analysis/logical thinking. To enrichthe lives of the community, the University provides opportunities for continuing personal and professional development,intellectual discovery, and appreciation for the creative and performing arts.

School Overview:

Shawnee State University
CountyScioto County, OH
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
206 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment4,509 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
3,882 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
627 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
4,411 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
98 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees

School Notes:

  • The University’s commitment to liberal education begins with the College of Arts and Sciences’ GeneralEducation Program, which emphasizes the importance of knowledge, values, and cultural enrichment. Building on the GeneralEducation Program, the College provides a spectrum of liberal arts degree programs in the arts and humanities, mathematics,the natural sciences, the social sciences, and teacher education. These degree programs prepare you for a career orsuccessful matriculation into a graduate or professional degree program.
  • Offering more than 80 bachelor’s and associate degree programs in areas such as arts and humanities,mathematical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, teacher education, business administration, industrial andengineering technologies, and health sciences, at the lowest tuition rate among Ohio public universities and reducedin-district rates to eligible students in Kentucky and West Virginia; Shawnee State University is the university ofopportunity. 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 Universitysports a beautifully-landscaped 52-acre campus featuring 21 buildings including the Advanced Technology Center that featuresone of only 50 Digistar II planetariums in the world; a three-story library featuring computers, Internet access, andthousands of books, videocassettes, CDs, government documents, and periodicals; the 102,000 square foot Vern Riffe Center forthe Arts featuring a 1,139 seat Main Theater; the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center that features weight rooms, racquetballcourts, gymnasium, a dance classroom, and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool; and the Children’s Learning Center, a facilitythat serves as a learning center for the children of students/faculty/staff/community members and a lab school for teachereducation students at SSU.
  • Shawnee State University has a rich tradition of success in athletics. A member of the NationalAssociation of Intercollegiate Athletics, SSU has participated in 24 National Championships in 6 of 11 sponsored sports. TheSSU women’s basketball team won the NAIA Division II National Championship on March 16, 1999. A member of the AmericanMideast Conference since 1991, formerly the Mid-Ohio Conference, the Shawnee State Bears have won 17 championships and made2.
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