Academics

Location
Slippery Rock, PA
Undergrads
7,308
Tuition (in-state)
$12,146 ($8,748)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Therapeutic Recreation is a great program here

4 College Freshman

Academics: very good.chemistry department is great

4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload of the academics is varied. I know a lot of different people who said that their classes are really difficult and some that say they are really easy. I think that the classes are good and very informative.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors a mixture when it comes to how they teach. Some of them work with the book while others do not even use the book. Some classes you learn a lot of information, and others you wonder why you even attend class. It's all how you feel about the topic of the class.

4 College Junior

Academics: I really enjoy being a Communication major at Slippery Rock. We have computer labs loaded with all the software we need available only for Communication majors which really helps with availability and we are able to sign out media production equipment whenever we need. Professors are very helpful and our smaller class sizes give us a more hands-on experience with our professors. The workload can be daunting at times with most of my classes being production classes based on project work done outside of class, but overall, I am very satisfied with my choice to come here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 343rd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 509th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 660th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 799th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liz Rekowski
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Communication
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Slippery Rock University is commonly mislabeled as a “party school,” which leads many to assume that there is no prestige here. Sure, SRU is no Harvard or Yale, but there is a lot of quality that comes with the education that each student receives—and you don’t have to pay a million dollars in student loans to get it. Slippery Rock is well known for several academic programs, including education and physical therapy. However, there are a few weak and useless programs comparable to the art of underwater basket weaving. At Slippery Rock University, it is not uncommon to have lunch with your professors or to have a friendly chat about politics and literature during their office hours. Students are not just a number here. Most professors know students by name and greet them accordingly, while trudging through the snowy quad. Class sizes are kept small and taught by real professors, never by TAs, enforcing a bridge between professor and student. There are professors here from all over the world and most are well-established in their fields. Your textbook may even be authored by their very hand.

There are a few professors who are eccentric and unfocused, which leads to haphazard classroom direction and dismay. Across the board, veteran SRU students advise that you get to know your professor before you walk into his or her classroom. Do your research, ask around, and explore if you are compatible with his or her teaching style. This will ensure that your writing professor is not just a cat lady with skills solely in magnetic poetry.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
20:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
357
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
50
Total FT Faculty
357
Faculty with Terminal Degree
87%
Average Faculty Salary
$80,346
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
62%
Programs/Majors Offered
39
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 18%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 74%
  • 50 or More Students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business, Information, and Social Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • College of Health, Environment, and Science
  • College of Humanities
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Athletic Training: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Elementary Education: 7%
  • Special Education and Teaching: 5%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
Bailey Library (3rd floor stacks)
Tips to Succeed
  • Get to know your teachers.
  • Go to class.
  • Join a club, organization, or sport.
  • Keep up with the work.
  • Know all the classes that you need to take for your major.
  • Learn to manage your time.
  • Take advantage of the ARC.
  • Visit with your advisor frequently.
Did You Know?
  • Slippery Rock University was initially founded in 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School, specializing in teacher education.
  • In 2005, SRU's Department of Physical Therapy was ranked by a nationally-syndicated publication as second in the nation, behind only UMass.
  • Slippery Rock University's College of Education continues to lead both regionally and nationally. The College of Education became the first in Pennsylvania to earn a five-year accreditation under the newly-established National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) guidelines. Each year, over 100 school districts from around the East Coast come to the Rock for the Teacher Job Fair in order to recruit education students.
  • There are no TAs at Slippery Rock, only certified professional professors.

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