C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B-
Shawnee State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Mid-South Conference
Address
940 Second St
Portsmouth, OH 45662
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$13,632/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,631/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,527/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,771/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,768/ year
  • $110k+
    $15,906/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.37 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.36 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.36 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,091Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
56%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
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  • Open and friendly
    44%
  • Looking for a fresh start
    28%
  • Different
    11%
  • Gamer
    11%
  • Unique, sporty, eclectic
    6%

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.49 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.54 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Quaint
    46%
  • Relaxed and respectful
    29%
  • Everyone is very helpful and respectful
    13%
  • Excellent
    13%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
30%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
84%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.26 responses
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What I like the most about Shawnee State University is the academic freedom, as I feel like I have so much control over my schedule and courses prior to the start of each new semester.

In addition to that, all of the teachers I currently have are really helpful and diverse; just like the student body.

Diversity plays a significant part of Shawnee State, as most people feel extremely comfortable being open with their sexualities, religious beliefs, etc. People from all over the world are a part of Shawnee State, so students and faculty are able to discover new perspectives and beliefs.

The campus is clean, easy to navigate, and has the latest technologies to improve learning. The fine arts building has a 3D motion capture studio for students majoring in Game and Simulation Arts or Digital Simulation and Gaming, along with other supporting studios!

All in all, great public university, especially for students interested in working in the video game industry!
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I really love Shawnee State university because of how small the classes are. As someone who came from a small town, small settings are what I am comfortable with. The class sizes at Shawnee are relatively the same as they were in my High School. Also, I love how much they involve the commuters. I commute from my home town and the staff at Shawnee are constantly making me feel involved and providing opportunities and evens for both on campus students and commuters. I have had some trouble with the Financial Aid department however but nothing that would make me not recommend it to anyone! It's a great college and great atmosphere!
A cheap gem if you play your cards right- If you desire to get educated, the ability to do so is available to you on campus. While we don't have the resources of a larger university, the small campus makes for a quick commute between classes, professors are very accessible and open to conversation with students, there are healthy options in the cafeteria, opportunities for study abroad, reasonable athletic facilities, and never a lack of computers for students to use for assignments. While the surrounding area is not a thriving metropolis as some universities might be able to tout, there are nevertheless some unique experiences that reside within walking distance or a short car ride.