Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, PA

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock, PA

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Think about all 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. 

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

Build your foundation for excellence
With more than 150 challenging academic programs to choose from, taught by our accomplished professors in small classes (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 for lifelong career and personal success.

A reputation for caring
Time and again, students and visitors of Slippery Rock agree that they’ve 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 the 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 a private university? All new international undergraduate 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’ll find a lower cost of living in Slippery Rock than at larger universities in 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 strivesto maintain a safe campus with the University Police Department available 24/7.

Begin the journey
Admission to Slippery Rock University is on a rolling basis; 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 or ACT results, an essay, and letters of recommendation are not required but are always welcome. Get started now and Experience the Difference at the Rock!


24:1 student-faculty ratio

92% of SRU professors hold a PhD.
Students are taught by talented faculty who use powerful and engaging pedagogies and employ state-of-the-art technology. Research is highly encouraged from year one and beyond.

600+ acres of campus

150+ majors and minors,
including new programs in Civil and Mechanical Engineering

160+ student clubs and organizations
Explore getting involved at, where you can read about and register to join clubs, organizations, and events or track your involvement as a student.

Top 20 “Best Value” Colleges in Pennsylvania
When you apply for admission as a new undergraduate international student, you are automatically granted a scholarship.



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Top 30 Safest College Towns in America


#23 Top Public School in the North


Top 20 “Best Value” Colleges in Pennsylvania


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.

At A Glance

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, a Planetarium, and a Leadership Development Center

Number of Students:
8,824 undergraduate and graduate students

Number of Faculty:
392 full-time and 68 part-time faculty members; 24:1 student-faculty ratio

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: College of Business; College of Education; College of Health, Engineering, and Science; and College of Liberal Arts; SRU offers more than 150 majors and undergraduate programs as well as 35 master’s and three doctoral programs.

Geographic Diversity: Students from 46 states and 38 countries call SRU home.

International Student Services: International admission, 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 the International Dinner, Internations Club, and the full-time services of an Assistant Director for International Student Services

International Student Budget: (2019–2020)
Tuition and Fees: $15,616
Room and Meals: $10,446
Books and Supplies: $800
Personal Expenses: $1,700
Provost Scholarship: 
Total: $27,062

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; Duolingo English Test: 50 or higher; the SAT is recommended but not required for international student admission.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Applicants must pay a $30 fee. The fall admission deadline is May 1; the spring admission deadline is October 1.

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