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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
Shawnee State is a public university located in Portsmouth, Ohio. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,571 undergraduate students. The Shawnee State acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Nursing, Arts, and Engineering Technician. Graduating 32% of students, Shawnee State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,000.
940 Second St
Portsmouth, OH 45662
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About Shawnee State...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Mid-South Conference

Shawnee State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Shawnee State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1240
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$12,041/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,092/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.37 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.40 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    17%
  • On Campus
    82%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,571Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
526
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
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  • Open and friendly
    55%
  • Looking for a fresh start
    23%
  • Different
    9%
  • Gamer
    9%
  • Unique, sporty, eclectic
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.53 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
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  • Quaint
    43%
  • Relaxed and respectful
    25%
  • Everyone is very helpful and respectful
    14%
  • Excellent
    11%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Modest yet exciting
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
32%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.26 responses
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Shawnee State University is a small college.There are around only 3200 students.That is why the classes are not big and feel intimate.I easily engage into a discussion and can always get my questions answered.My professors know me, so the campus feels very friendly. Shawnee State has a lot of great resources to help its students to be successful, for example, Success Center with free tutoring and advising, Math Lab with free Math tutoring, Necessity Pantry with free food, hygiene and school supplies for all students who need it, Clark Memorial Library with free research resources and more! The programming board always holds many different fun on-campus events, such as monthly BINGOs, discounted movie and bowling nights, workshops and more. Also, in Shawnee State there are no dorms, it offers apartment style housing, which was recently renovated. The meal plan is great as well because it is a buffet style and offers a big variety of food accommodating for special diets and allergies.
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I have graduated back in 2013 and already I have seen that there are changes taking place in the art department after I graduate. I majored in Drawing in the Fine Arts department. The professors treat you like a student - never a number and I loved every single one.

They made it easy to approach them and ask for assistance on the many projects you are working on. I am still connected to the professors now and I found out that they allow their art students to rent Wacom Intuos Cintiq 16's for their work. It is amazing to see the continuous stride to push their students to success.

Recently, veterans of the gaming industry are hired to be professors for the Video Game Development majors and have established their first Eleague team a couple of years ago. As a graduate, I highly recommend going! It is a tight and close community that will make you feel like you are even more than a student - you are family!
Shawnee State University is the highest rated video game development college in Ohio for a good several reasons. First, they have an inclusive, hardworking, and friendly staff. They provide scholarships and support to minorities, and LGBT members all year round. In addition, A financial adviser is assigned to each student, who can be emailed at any time for study planning, or financial counselling. In terms of education quality, SSU excels. Only approx. 3000~ students attend SSU each year. This means a much higher professor to student ratio, and more personal tutoring is much more readily available. There's a great deal of rooms for dedicated tutoring, and other student assistance - whether you're studying physics, calculus, or writing a paper! There's several reasons I'm attending this college, but to sum it up - I'll be a freshman at SSU for higher quality education in a comfortable, supportive environment.