Fast Facts

FAST FACTS (as of 2022-23)

Founded: 1889.

Location: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, a rural community of approximately 3,000 residents located in Butler County, one hour north of Pittsburgh.

Campus: 660 acres and more than 60 buildings and structures.

Enrollment: 8,243, including 6,779 undergraduates and 1,464 graduate students.

Student Demographics:

  • 91% of first-year students live on campus.
  • 88% have in-state residency status.
  • 50% are residents of the five nearest Pennsylvania counties.
  • 84% are traditional college age (under 25).
  • 60% are female.
  • 12% are non-majority ethnicities.

Tuition and Fees: $20,952 (Pennsylvania residents), $25,060 (Out-of-state residents with 3.0 GPA).

Faculty and Staff: More than 1,000 employees including 400 full-time faculty and a 20:1 faculty-to-student ratio.

Academics: More than 150 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate degrees and certificates.

Student Quality: 1059 average SAT score and 3.5 high school GPA for entering first-year students.

Student Success: 82% freshman-to-sophomore retention rate and 51% four-year and 66% six-year graduation rates.

Student organizations: More than 200 recognized student organizations involving more than 5,000 students.

Athletics: 17 NCAA Division II men’s and women’s teams, 12 intercollegiate sports.

Nickname: The Rock.

Other locations:

  • The Regional Learning Alliance is an educational center located in Cranberry Township where SRU offers graduate degree programs: MBA, master’s degrees in education and public health and its doctoral degree in special education.

  • The Harrisville Building, located six miles from Slippery Rock, houses the Physician Assistant Studies and Occupational Therapy programs.

  • The Quanzhou University of Information Engineering, and institution in China with which SRU has partnered for joint degree programs.

  • The Slippery Rock University Center for Community Engagement, Empowerment and Development, known as Butler SUCCEED, is a center to engage members of the SRU and Butler city and county communities to form and continue mutually beneficial partnerships that enhance the quality of life in the region and advance learning, research and civic engagement. The physical location for Butler SUCCEED at 150 N. Main Street in Butler.


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Best National Colleges and Universities
-Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

Best Regional Universities – North
-U.S. News & World Report

Great Colleges to Work For – National Honor Roll

Best in the Northeast
-Princeton Review

College of Distinction (national, public, and Pennsylvania)
-Colleges of Distinction

Best Public Colleges in Pennsylvania for Getting a Job