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 of business, 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, 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
County Scioto County, OH
Title IV Eligible Participat
Carnegie Classification Baccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution Level Four or more years
Institution Control Public
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
206 staff 115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment 4,509 students 1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
3,882 students 1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
627 students 137 students
# Undergraduate Students
4,411 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
98 students 129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1% 1%
% Asian
1% 2%
% Hawaiian
- 1%
% Hispanic
- 3%
% Black
2% 6%
% White
97% 84%
% Two or more races
- 2%
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
$6,988 $24,462
Out-State Tuition Fees
$11,963 $24,744

School Notes:

  • The University’s commitment to liberal education begins with the College of Arts and Sciences’ General Education Program, which emphasizes the importance of knowledge, values, and cultural enrichment. Building on the General Education 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 or successful 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 and engineering technologies, and health sciences, at 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 sports 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, videocassettes, 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 and made 2.

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