About Shawnee State University

Founded in 1986, Shawnee State University. is a Public college. Located in Ohio, which is a city setting in Ohio, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 3,621 full time undergraduate students, and 151 full time graduate students.

The Shawnee State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 154 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Shawnee State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate73%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range
ACT Range18-24

Admissions at SSU are considered Selective, with ,5% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 24 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

59% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 30% were in the top quarter, and 10% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Shawnee State University.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
53%
“We know about current events and vote”
47%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
7%
“We save it for the classroom”
7%
“Sometimes, but not often”
60%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
27%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
27%
“I only go out in groups”
40%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
33%
“I feel extremely safe”
31%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
54%
“We bought the gear”
15%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
20%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
33%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
40%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
87%
“They keep regular office hours”
13%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
53%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
47%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
13%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
60%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
27%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
20%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
60%
“There might be people who do”
20%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
53%
“We know about current events and vote”
47%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
7%
“We save it for the classroom”
7%
“Sometimes, but not often”
60%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
27%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
27%
“I only go out in groups”
40%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
33%
“I feel extremely safe”
31%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
54%
“We bought the gear”
15%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
20%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
33%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
40%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
87%
“They keep regular office hours”
13%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
53%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
47%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
13%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
60%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
27%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
20%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
60%
“There might be people who do”
20%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    37 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    33 Students rated off-campus housing 2.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    39 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    40 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    40 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    40 Students rated school activities 3.4 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    41 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    41 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

Shawnee State University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Shawnee State University?

20 Students rated Shawnee State University

Summer - 03/08/2024

the aura of the school is amazing. They are very accepting there. I took my placement test yesterday there and they were very welcoming and made me feel at home. I never have to worry about feeling judged because I Know I will not be judged. They will care for you no matter your race, religion, or sexuality. They are the most welcoming people.

morgan - 08/18/2021

College size is nice meaning the campus and classroom size. All the students and teachers are amazing and make me feel welcome. Definitely 10/10 recommend if you are looking for a small homely college that shows nothing but love and make sure you are ok in any way.

Emily - 07/09/2020

During my time as a student, there hardly majors for conceptual/sequential art as drawing was the only degree that was closest to what I was looking for. Financially, I felt a little slighted as my grades from high school did not reward me me scholarships and was forced to take out loans to pay for tuition. However, the coursework to attain my degree excelled past the negatives as I was able to learn things about art that my high school never taught me. During the late years of my attendance, a digital painting professor came to the university and became a permanent class since my graduation in 2013. In addition, the art history minor was amazing. For two separate semesters, I was able to travel abroad to museum hop, explore the cities and marvel at great architecture. In 2011 I went to Germany and the Czech Republic and then Spain and France in 2014. Not even the Art Institute offered abroad classes like this. With these reasons, I do not regret attending Shawnee State University to obtain my B.F.A.

Bailey - 06/30/2020

I actually transferred here from NKU for Video Game Design. SSU is a smaller school compared to many schools, but I wouldn't transfer anywhere else; I absolutely love it here. There are many opportunities to get involved from on-campus ministry to school-wide nerf wars. Many students are friendly and it's quite easy to make friends and feel welcome.

Shawnee State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Shawnee State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Shawnee State University is 73%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would start by congratulating myself on becoming the first high school graduate in my family. My parents married at a very young age of 15 and 17 since they were pregnant with me (I am the first of their three children). My father earned his General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in the military, while my mother earned her GED years later and went on to earn an Associate's Degree. Both my sister and brother took the GED test at the same time. However, he passed it, and she failed it by two points. Needless to say, becoming a high school graduate was an achievement for me. The advice that I would give myself would be to continue improving myself through education by attending college immediately following high school, before marriage and children. Juggling the many ?hats? of adulthood is stressful, and although I enjoy being a full-time working mother who takes my college studies seriously, focusing all my attention on education first would have been easier and more beneficial in the long run. I would thank myself later for the advice.

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  3. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for having great housing! lol

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are from all over the world, there are many from different countries, they all seem to be very friendly; Mostly, they are all from Cincinnatti and Cleveland.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Some one who is not willing to put forth the effort to complete their work and do their assignments should not attend. Every class that you attend will almost definitely have mounds of work for you to do on your OWN time. So if you can not manage your time, you also should not go.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Shawnee State University is small friendly and I feel very comfortable and that this is the best institution to further my education.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The best things is the students because i came to the school not knowing anyone but now i have lots of friends who i feel will be life long friends.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    How long it was acturally going to take me to complete my degree and what courses i really need to take.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Shawnee State is a smaller school, which means smaller class sizes and more one-on-one learning time with your professors. Tuition is also much cheaper there than at many other colleges. Housing is set up apartment style as compared to other colleges that mainly have single-room dorms. Freshman who live on campus are also permited to have cars, which many other colleges don't allow.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about Shawnee State for me is that I grew up in a fairly large city by large universities and Shawnee feels too small. Classes are typically 20-30 students, with the largest class ever offered at 120 (a very rare exception). Most students prefer the small atmosphere, but I'd rather there be larger classes and more students.

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  11. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I think that the worst thing about my school would have to be the amount of parking, there's never enough. They are working to correct the problem though.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of person that should attend this school? Simple someone who can have fun and still get there work done, someone not easily distracted by a social life yet still capable of having one because everyone here is worth knowing. These people will be the ones to get the most out of this school simply because most of the people here are intelligent just lacking funds for better schooling and will be able to help with most problems one might encounter. Those that have problems separating both fun and work probably shouldn't atten this school.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag about my school being one of the only schools in the region to have a dedicated game simulation/design major and that we are rated one of the best for our health related majors

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    SGA and AHANA

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Very small town so most of the fun you will have would have to come from you getting involved (Which I highly recommend) Good food. A lot of help with academics. Very nice college.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Country small town kids, No this stereotype is not accurate a lot of our students come from various places and have so much to offer.

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Student Body

Students

54%

female

46%

male

3,621

Total Undergrad Enrollment

151

Total Grad Students

11%

Out-Of-State

89%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

44

Student Organizations

2

Fraternities

2

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

21%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
6%
% Hispanic/Latino
1%
% White or Caucasian
85%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

94% of students attending Shawnee State University receive some sort of financial aid. 56% were awarded federal grants. While 69% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$13,030

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$9,766

Room and Board

23,996

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$12,631
$30 - $48K
$12,527
$48 - $75K
$15,771
$75 - $110K
$16,768
$110K & UP
$15,906

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