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Academics: There are many interesting majors and electives to choose from

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 85 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 42 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 41 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 68% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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