Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, PA

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, PA

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A “Rock Solid” Education

A college education is more than a degree—it’s an experience—and at Slippery Rock University, students experience the difference of a “Rock Solid” education.

Freedom to find your passion
With more than 150 undergraduate majors and minors, more than 40 graduate programs, certificates and online degree completion programs, SRU offers a variety of areas of study designed to help you find your passion and achieve your dreams. Students have the opportunity to research with world-renowned faculty in state-of-the-art facilities. 

A rock-solid base
Our general education program, Rock Integrated Studies, sets our students up for success in their academic concentrations by teaching them to integrate knowledge and skills across broad disciplinary categories and relate their coursework to the world around them.

A community of caring individuals
Our Living-Learning Communities help students connect and contribute to something bigger than themselves, all while residing in our contemporary residence halls. The SRU Honors College is an interdisciplinary community of highly motivated and talented students seeking to support each other and expand their education within and outside the classroom. 

Real-world experiential learning
Our service-learning programs help students build identity to become global citizens, while our leadership opportunities offer a co-curricular experience that inspires lifelong learning. Our global initiatives send students on transformative study abroad experiences that broaden perspectives and enable future connections. 

Support to graduation and into your career
Our commitment to student success is central to our mission. Each student is assigned a success coach and is encouraged to work with our career professionals throughout their time at SRU for mentorship and guidance. For evidence that success starts here, look no further than our 65,000-plus alumni who are making a rock-solid difference all around the world.

Life at SRU
Along with the Rock Solid Education you’ll get here, Slippery Rock provides a campus experience unlike any other. Life at SRU is rich with culture, diversity, community, and opportunity. 

From our remarkable residence halls to Rock Apartments, we offer a number of convenient housing options so you can get the most out of your time here. You’ll meet friendly neighbors, make a lot of new friends, and enjoy quick and easy access to all the awesome resources available at SRU.

From sports and entertainment to Greek life and the arts, there are always fun and exciting activities going on at SRU. You’ll discover a ton of opportunities to get involved and interact with your fellow students through over 200 on-campus clubs and organizations. 

Along with the great fitness options at SRU’s Campus Recreation (ARC)—including a two-story rock climbing wall—you’ll find services on campus to enhance your overall health and wellness. Should you ever need a helping hand, SRU’s health services and counseling center have you covered.

If you’re looking to expand your horizons and experience something new, SRU is a vibrant hub of arts and culture. From concerts to our annual arts festival, there are so many cool things for you to check out and even participate in. The SRU community is built on active and engaged students like you.



“Best Colleges in the Northeast” | Princeton Review


One of the best national colleges and universities | Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education


“Best Regional Universities” and “Top Public Schools—Regional Universities” | U.S. News and World Report


Designated a College of Distinction in Pennsylvania, and as a Public College | Colleges of Distinction

SRU Fast Facts

Founded: 1889.

Location: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, a rural community of approximately 3,000 residents located in Butler County, one hour north of Pittsburgh.

Campus: 660 acres and more than 60 buildings and structures.

Enrollment: 8,424, including 6,921 undergraduates and 1,503 graduate students.

Student Demographics:
• 90% of first-year students live on campus.
• 88% have in-state residency status.
• 50% are residents of the five nearest Pennsylvania counties.
• 84% are traditional college age (under 25).
• 59% are female.
• 12% are non-majority ethnicities.

Tuition and Fees: $20,922 (Pennsylvania residents), $25,030 (Out-of-state residents with 3.0 GPA).

Faculty and Staff: More than 1,000 employees including 400 full-time faculty and a 19:1 faculty-to-student ratio.

Academics: More than 150 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate degrees and certificates.

Student Quality: 1070 average SAT score and 3.5 high school GPA for entering first-year students.

Student Success: 82% freshman-to-sophomore retention rate and 53% four-year and 68% six-year graduation rates.

Student organizations: More than 200 recognized student organizations involving more than 5,000 students.

Athletics: 17 NCAA Division II men’s and women’s teams, 12 intercollegiate sports.

Nickname: The Rock.

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