Slippery Rock, PA
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$12,146 ($8,748)
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3 College Senior

Facilities: Our fitness center needs updated very much. It is used often and very worn. Our library is small, but our student center is brand new and extremely nice.

5 College Senior

Facilities: I joined clubs and stay very busy on campus. I love the clubs and benefits you receive from them. It's a great way to connect with others and make new friends.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Loved attending games and being a part of the university.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: It is very social, has a lot of held concerts and is just an all around great school to attend.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Our buildings are fantastic and our campus is beautiful. Our new student center is great and looks really nice on campus. Of course, there are a few buildings that could use some updating, but they've done a good job at keeping up with the buildings and they are constantly building or renovating something. We're always looking for ways to grow and improve and I think that's really great.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 65th
    Best Student Centers
  • 155th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 476th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 585th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1253rd
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liz Rekowski
Pittsburgh, PA
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Bulldozers and wrecking balls are a common sight at the Rock. The University recently finished a multimillion dollar face-lift, knocking down many of the 1970-something residence halls and replacing them with improved residential suites. Campus is currently a hodgepodge of new and old. Upper campus is a charming reminder of Slippery Rock’s educational history, where you can find Old Main’s clock tower (the symbol of SRU), the charming Maltby Career Center, and several other original buildings.

Lower campus is a conglomerate of drab classroom buildings and new facilities, including the Physical Therapy Building and the magnificent Science and Technology Building. One of the most popular places to hang out on campus is the recreation center, the ARC, which is home to the famous rock wall, basketball courts, many athletic programs, and state-of-the-art equipment. Overall, the University continues to rebuild and expand to make way for the growing on-campus population and to keep up with, and hopefully surpass, the competition of surrounding universities. Currently, a new University Union is in the works and intended to be constructed within the next couple years.


Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
600 acres
Student Centers
The University Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Bailey Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The ARC
  • Dorm rooms and lounges
  • In front of Bailey Library
  • The quad on nice days
  • Rocky’s
  • The University Union
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Café in Bailey Library and Watson Residence Hall
  • Taylor & Byrnes Gourmet Café in the University Union
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but different organizations will sometimes hold movie nights in the McKay auditorium where students are able to view movies.
School Slang
  • The ARC: Aebersold Recreational Center.
  • CA: Community Assistant. Similar to RAs in other schools.
  • ECB: Eisenberg Classroom Building.
  • The Fluh: A nickname for the dining hall, Weisenfluh.
  • Kiester: Pine Glen Apartments.
  • The Rock: Name for Slippery Rock University.
  • Rock Rowdies: A group of zany SRU sports nuts who attend every athletic event draped in SRU attire and green and white body paint.
  • The Rocket: SRU's student-run weekly newspaper.
  • Sexile: When you are locked out of your room while your roommate is hooking up.
  • Spotts: Spotts World Cultures building.
  • Straub's: Straubs Beer Distributor.
  • Swopes: Swopes Music Hall.
  • The Ticket Nazi: The campus policewoman in charge of riding around in her golf cart and ticketing people.
  • The Union: The University Union.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming has been a long-running tradition at SRU. A king and queen are crowned at halftime of the football game, and a ceremony is held in their honor. A few years back the theme for was "Rock the `80s" and even included a visit from Dennis Haskins, best known as Mr. Belding on the popular 1980s television series Saved by the Bell. The traditional homecoming parade marches through downtown allowing returning alumni and friends the chance to see downtown redevelopment efforts.
  • Rock the ARC: Throughout the semester, Residence Life sponsors many late-night events to promote campus fun without the alcohol. Rock the ARC has been a reoccurring event held at the ARC, which usually fits a theme (i.e. carnival). Students listen to music, compete for prizes, get freebies from the University and community, and engage in many fun and free activities.
Urban Legends
Whats in a Name? - Many people ask, "How did the town and University get the name Slippery Rock?" Legend has it that, in 1779, Colonel Daniel Brodhead was in command of Fort Pitt in present-day Pittsburgh. Colonel Brodhead pleaded with General George Washington to allow him to lead an expedition into the wilderness. Then, the troops, marching near a creek about 50 miles north of Fort Pitt, encountered a local tribe of Seneca Indians. The soldiers crossed the creek at a place where the stream bed was made up of of large, smooth rocks. Wearing heavy boots, the soldiers crossed safely, whereas the pursuing Seneca, wearing moccasins, slipped and fell on the rocks. The Seneca Indians called the stream "Wechachochapohka," which means "slippery rock." Of course, the details of the legend vary depending upon who tells the tale. Another version has the militia in hot pursuit of the Seneca, with the boot-wearing soldiers losing their balance on the rocks. When asked which version is correct, former resident expert and fourth generation alumnus, Dr. Robert Watson, Vice President for Student Affairs, is likely to offer a wry smile and say, "Now the Seneca lived in the area for hundreds of years, and the militia soldiers were the newcomers. Who do you think was more likely to slip?"
Favorite Things To Do
Although things can get kind of dull in such a small town, there's usually always something to do on campus. Between classes, students will surf the internet on the computers in Bailey Library or hangout on nice days in the gazebo in the Quad. There are also many events planned every week including art gallery showings, concerts, and speakers. Vendors also come to SRU selling posters, jewelry, and clothes. During common hour-12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday-you will spot many students hanging out in the University Union. Many sororities and fraternities can be found hanging out and eating lunch in Rocky's Grille, and other organizations and groups of friends gather and meet at the seating area in the Union lobby. On nice days, students can be found in the Quad reading, doing homework, or playing with a Frisbee or football. SRU also hosts a variety of concerts and celebrity acts throughout the year. Some of SRU's most notable performances in recent years have been the Gym Class Heroes, Ludacris, Dierks Bentley, Dave Chappelle, and Jimmy Fallon.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
This is a sampling of the many student organizations available to SRU students.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Rumor has it that the foundations of the Aebersold Recreational Center and Founders Hall are both several feet below their original surface points. In other words, the buildings are sinking!
  • At the Macosky Center, an environmental center located on the outskirts of campus, students can pay for their own area to grow plants and vegetables.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 49 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 51 responses

  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 20% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 35% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 41% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 49 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 49% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 45% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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