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International Profile

We can’t wait for you to Experience the Difference at The Rock!

Think about all of the success you hope to build in life—work, family, friends, community. In many ways, it all rests on your university experience. Each year Slippery Rock University welcomes students from countries around the world. They come to SRU for the unlimited opportunities that a highly recognized public university can offer. Once here they find accomplished faculty, exceptional facilities, lifelong friends, and a safe, friendly community. 

Build your foundation for excellence

With more than 80 challenging academic programs to choose from, taught by our accomplished professors in small class sizes (24:1 student-faculty ratio), you’ll receive individualized academic and career advisement. SRU offers a comprehensive learning experience that purposefully combines academic instruction with hands-on learning, preparing you for not only your first job, but also for lifelong career and personal success. 

A reputation for caring
Time and again, students and visitors to Slippery Rock agree they have never experienced a more caring and friendly university. For international students, support begins with the Office for Global Engagement from the application and enrollment process to graduation and beyond. But it doesn’t stop there. From the clerks in the dining halls to our faculty and highest levels of administration, you’ll find that students are #1 at SRU. 

An affordable education
Did you know you can study at SRU for less than half the price of private universities? All new undergraduate international students qualify for a reduced tuition rate upon admission and will be considered for scholarships. Students can also apply for on-campus employment. Additional scholarship funding is available for subsequent years, including scholarships reserved specifically for international students. Additionally, you will find a lower cost of living in Slippery Rock than in larger universities and more urban environments. 

One of America’s safest campuses
Slippery Rock University is consistently ranked as one of the safest universities in the United States. SRU strives to maintain a safe campus with University Police Department available 24/7.

Begin the journey
Admission to Slippery Rock University is a rolling process; you can expect personal and timely updates on admission decisions throughout the year. Consideration for admission is selective and is based on your academic record, school leaving exams, and English-language proficiency. For some majors, an audition or portfolio may be required. For August enrollment, you should apply early in the preceding academic year and no later than May 1. For January enrollment, the deadline is October 1. SAT/ACT results, an essay, or letters of recommendation are not required but are always welcome. Get started now and Experience the Difference at the Rock!



Located in western Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock is a small, welcoming college town. SRU is located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the state. Many popular destinations are within an easy day’s drive, including Niagara Falls, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington, DC.


Type of SCHOOL: Public, coeducational comprehensive university offering undergraduate and graduate studies

Size of Campus: 600+ acres; 60 buildings and facilities blending traditional and modern architecture in the rolling countryside of western Pennsylvania, with unique features such as an Equestrian Center, Planetarium, and Leadership Development Center

Number of Students: 8,881 undergraduate and graduate students

Number of Faculty: 379 full-time and 72 part-time faculty; 24:1 student-faculty ratio 

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: College of Business; College of Education; College of Health, Environment, and Science; and College of Liberal Arts; SRU offers more than 80 majors and undergraduate programs and offers 24 master’s and doctoral programs. 

Geographic Diversity: Students from 46 states and 40 countries call SRU home.

International Student Services: International admissions, orientation program, international student advising including immigration, international alumni program, and study abroad programs; of special note are the Global Ambassador program, host family program, Internations Week and International Dinner, Internations Club, and full-time services of an Assistant Director for International Student Services. 

International Student Budget: (2017–2018)
Tuition and Fees  $    
Room and Meals  $      
Books and Supplies  $      
Personal Expenses   $     
Provost Scholarship 
-$       1,500
Total  $    25,500 

Financial Aid: Upon admission all international undergraduate students are awarded the reduced out-of-state tuition rate (non-need-based financial aid) and the Provost Scholarship ($1,500). Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to retain the special out-of-state tuition rate and a 3.0 GPA for the Provost Scholarship after the first year; both are subject to annual review. International students who earn a 3.5 GPA or better will receive both the Provost Scholarship ($1,500) and the Presidential Award ($500).  

Test Score Requirements: TOEFL minimum 500 paper-based, 61 Internet-based for undergraduate students; SAT is recommended but not required for international student admission.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Beginning 2018–2019, applicants must pay $30 fee. Fall admission deadline May 1; spring admission deadline October 1

Top Undergraduate Programs
• Accounting
• Art
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Communication
• Computer Science
• Cybersecurity
• Dance
• Design and Technology
• Digital Media Production
• Early Childhood Education
• Economics
• Engineering
- Industrial Systems
- Petroleum and Natural Gas

• Environmental Geoscience
• Exercise Science
• Finance
• Health Care Administration and Management
• History
• Information Systems
• Information Technology
• Mathematics
• Management
• Marketing
• Music Therapy
• Physical Education
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Public Health
• Public Relations
• Resort, Recreation, and Hospitality Management
• Safety Management
• Secondary Education
• Sport Management
Top Graduate Programs
• Doctor of Physical Therapy
• Master of Art, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
• Master in Business Administration
• Master of Science, Adapted Physical Activity