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About Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock University is one of the 14 state-owned institutions that comprise the State System of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1889 as a teacher education institution, Slippery Rock has grown into a comprehensive university. More than 40 buildings on a scenic 650-acre campus located in western Pennsylvania. Slippery Rock University is situated less than an hour north of Pittsburgh, about 60 minutes south of Erie, and 45 minutes west of Youngstown, Ohio. Interstate highways I-79 and I-80 intersect within seven miles of campus. An extension of the university is now located in Cranberry Twp. PA, an area north of Pittsburgh.

Who attends SRU?

Slippery Rock's enrollment is 8,500 students, including over 7,600 undergraduate students. Slippery Rock can best be described as a traditional college-aged population, with the majority of our students coming to us from public and parochial high schools. The typical first-year student (new freshman) at Slippery Rock has well over a "B" average in high school, and SAT scores at the Pennsylvania average. Admission is offered to students on a rolling basis. Students' high school course grades, and class rank are reviewed as well as SAT or ACT scores. The average student has completed college preparatory course work, has a GPA of 3.0 or better, is in the top 50% of his or her class, and has an average SAT score (critical reading and math) over a 1030 or an ACT score of 202.

How is the safety on campus?  Are there police officers?

Slippery Rock University is located in a small college town in western Pennsylvania. Environment plays a key role. When class is out, only 3,000 residents remain in town. However, safety is still a proactive issue at Slippery Rock University. Numerous wellness and counseling services are available to promote healthy lifestyles. SRU participates in E2 Campus alerts which send text messages to students on any suspicious activity or warnings on campus. There are 16 emergency phones located around campus and, upon request, a free escort service is provided by the University Police. University Police officers patrol the campus in cars and on bikes on a regular basis to ensure the comfort and safety of all of our students.

The residence hall front doors are locked 24 hours a day and can only be opened with the student's ID card. If a resident wishes to have a visitor, the resident must accompany the visitor at all times and the visitor must sign in upon arrival and sign out when leaving.
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Slippery Rock, PA 16057

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SRU Codes - FASFA-003327, SAT-2658, ACT-3716