Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania - United States


Slippery Rock University, founded in 1889 by the citizens of the borough of Slippery Rock, is the region's premier public residential university. The University is shaped by its normal school heritage and characterized by its commitment to intellectual development, leadership and civic responsibility.

SRU opened its doors March 26, 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School with a mandate to train interested and able persons to be teachers. SRSNS, over the years, fulfilled its mandate well, graduating thousands of students to staff the public schools in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.

In 1926, the institution was purchased by the Commonwealth, renamed Slippery Rock State Teachers College, became a four-year teachers college, and continued the tradition of teacher training.

Slippery Rock State College was established in 1960 and for the first time could award undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and in the professions. It was granted university status in 1983.

Today SRU is a comprehensive university offering a broad array of undergraduate and select graduate programs.

Located in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, SRU is the western-most institution of the 14-campus Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The 660-acre campus is less than an hour north of Pittsburgh, one hour south of Erie, and 45 minutes east of Youngstown, Ohio. Two major highways, I-79 and I-80, intersect within seven miles of the University, conveniently linking it to the entire Commonwealth and its contiguous regions.

The campus is situated in the borough of Slippery Rock in Butler County, Pennsylvania, a safe and friendly community of approximately 3,000 people, flanked by rolling farmlands, forests and sparkling glacial lakes.


College of Business, Information, Social Sciences          

School of Business 

Department of Communication

Department of Computer Science

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Department of Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism

Master of Business Administration Program

Military Science Program 

Department of Professional Studies

Department of Safety Management 

Department of Sport Management

College of Education

Adapted Physical Activity Program

Department of Counseling and Development

Department of Elementary Education and Early Childhood

Gerontology Program

Department of Physical and Health Education

Department of Secondary Education 

Department of Special Education

College of Health, Environment and Science

Athletic Training Program

Department of Biology

Department of Chemistry

Department of Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences

Exercise Science Program

Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment

Department of Mathematics

Department of Nursing

Department of Parks and Recreation

School of Physical Therapy

Department of Physics and Pre-Engineering

Department of Psychology

Public Health Program

Social Work Program

Therapeutic Recreation Program

College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

Department of Art

Asian Studies Program

Department of Dance

Department of English 

Department of History 

English as a Second Language Program

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Department of Music

Music Therapy Program

Department of Political Science

Department of Philosophy

Department of Theatre

Women's Studies Program

English Requirements

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report with a minimum score of 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computer based test, or 61 on the internet based test. The Test of Written English is not required but is recommended.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System


Provost Scholarship for Global Diversity & Academic Achievementvalued at $1,500 (applied to fall & spring terms only).

Initial scholarship is awarded upon admission (No additional application required to receive award).

Must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher (subject to annual review spring/summer terms).

Must be an international student enrolled full-time. Exceptions can be made for students in last term who are enrolled less than full-time BUT must be registered for graduation.

Upon completion of spring/summer GPA will be reviewed.

*Currently enrolled SRU students please see Global Engagement for further information about receiving award.

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence valued at $500 (applied to fall & spring terms only)

Must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher.

Must be an international student enrolled full-time. Exceptions can be made for students in last term who are enrolled less than full-time BUT must be registered for graduation.

*Currently enrolled SRU students please see Global Engagement for further information about receiving award.

Tution Fee

For further information please contact university.