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Slippery Rock University is a medium-sized school in western Pennsylvania that is growing tremendously, yet, remains "fairly small compared to" other schools in the state. SRU has a "wonderful business school" and notable programs in music and physical therapy. The education majors are "excellent" as well. Academics at The Rock are solid but not overly demanding. "I don't feel like I'm wildly intelligent," muses a senior, "but when I hear that people have honest trouble making it through this school, I worry." Many professors are "very good teachers." Once you get into your major, "professors start to care about you." "I have been pleased with the availability of the professors, their willingness to work with students, and their reliability," reflects a senior. SRU's administration "rocks." "They are very personable and take the time to listen to students." However, some students note it can be hard to get into the classes you need.

Student Body

It's a "blue-collar" crowd, "not a bunch of spoiled rich kids." For the most part, "the people here are real people who have to actually work their way through college." "Most of the students come from the Pittsburgh area, or smaller towns" in the region and they "have a lot in common" with each other. Nontraditional students will find many kindred souls and so will students "straight out of high school." The Rock is "more diverse than a small farm town" but only by a little. "There are some foreign students" and some kids from different ethnic groups, but not many. "There is a variety of personalities on campus," though. "The stereotypical prep or jock" is well represented, but "cliques are pretty diverse, ranging from social partying crowds, to study groups, to tree-hugging hippies."

Campus Life

This "breathtakingly beautiful" campus "in the middle of nowhere" is rather enormous. "It is a hike to get to some classes" and the "hilly layout" doesn't help, particularly in the winter. ("The school is called 'Slippery Rock' for a reason.") The recreation center is excellent. Six out of eight campus dorms were built less than a year ago and the remaining were renovated. "I think some of the classrooms and buildings could be fixed up," says a sophomore. "I know [the administration is] trying to change the look and feel of the campus and that is great [because] it really is a beautiful place to be." Clubs and organized activities are abundant. Posters and sidewalk chalk describing various happenings are reportedly everywhere. "Intramural sports are huge." "Greek life is big enough to have an impact, but not too big where you can't have a social life without joining one." However, Slippery Rock is basically "a commuter school that is trying to become a stay-on-campus school." Students who remain on campus over the weekend "definitely tend to party" but "don't get too extreme." Some students call the surrounding community "quaint," but others say it's "a hick town." Whatever the case, there's "not a lot of action" except for a few bars. Without your own vehicle, "you will be stuck in your dorm or apartment. A lot." With a car, trips to larger nearby towns are possible. "The proximity to Pittsburgh" allows for an easy escape when the urge for a more serious road trip strikes.

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Admissions Staff
Admissions Staff

1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1326



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Aebersold Recreation Center
Residential Suite Complex and Living/Learning Communities
Robert M. Smith Student Center
Bailey Library
Advanced Science and Technology Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Premium Outlets at Grove City (shopping)
North Country Brewing Co. (restaurant)
Ginger Hill (restaurant)
Clearview Mall (shopping)
Moraine State Park (recreation)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
8:00 am-4:30 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Typically 9:00 and 1:00
Average Length: 2 hours

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Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
contact coach of sport

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle Bus - The Happy Bus Transport Shuttles Public Buses Pittsburgh International Airport Orbit Shuttle

Driving Instructions to Campus
Interstate 79 to Slippery Rock Exit 105. Route 108 East 3 miles.

Local Accommodations
Slippery Rock Accommodations: Applebutter Inn - Bed and Breakfast Route 173, less than 1/2 mile south of Slippery Rock 724-794-1844 approximately 5 minutes from campus Evening Star Motel Route 108, 1/2 mile from I-79, exit 105 Slippery Rock 724-794-3211 4 miles from campus McMurray Bed and Breakfast 258 Centreville Pike Slippery Rock, PA 16057 724-794-8188 3 miles south of Slippery Rock Fairfield Inn & Suites 1000 University Parkway Slippery Rock, PA 16057 fairfieldinn.com/pitrk 724-406-0535 Now open in the heart of Slippery Rock 10% discount for SRU visitors Grove City Acommodations: Best Western Exit 113/I79 across from Prime Outlets 724-748-5836 approximately 10 minutes from campus 10% discount for SRU visitors Comfort Inn Exit 113/I-79 across from Prime Outlets 724-748-1005 approximately 10 minutes from campus Elephant & Castle Exit 113/I-79 beside from Prime Outlets 724-748-0103 Hampton Inn & Suites Grove City Exit 113/I-79 west past Prime Outlets 724-748-5744 approximately 10 minutes from campus 10% discount for SRU visitors Holiday Inn Express Exit 113/I79 west past Prime Outlets 724-748-5514 approximately 10 minutes from campus 10% discount for SRU visitors Microtel Inns & Suites--Grove City Exit 113/I-79 west past Prime Outlets 724-748-9920 approximately 10 minutes from campus 10% discount for SRU visitors Super 8 Motel Exit 113/I-79 west past Prime Outlets 800-800-8000 approximately 10 minutes from campus 10% discount for SRU visitors Terra Nova House Bed and Breakfast "Victorian Elegance with the Comfort of Home" 322 W. Poplar Street Grove City, PA 16127 724-450-0712 7 miles from campus, middle of Grove City *6 rooms with private baths *Full breakfast served We offer $15 off to SRU visitors with Code SRU15. Park Motel 724.458.8850 1334 West Main Street Grove City, PA 16127


Applicants: 5,369
Acceptance Rate: 73%
Average HS GPA: 3.44



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