Shippensburg University Transfer Requirements

Last Updated on April 23, 2023 by

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania received around 5540 applications for the fall semester. The acceptance rate for the term was around 88%. 1365 of total accepted applicants enrolled with the university. Applications are invited for the fall and spring semester.

  • Undergraduate applicants can apply online through Common Application Portal or through University Application Portal.
  • PG applicants can apply through University Application Portal.
  • UG applicants are required to submit SAT/ACT scores.
  • Average GPA for enrollment to the program is 3.0


Application PortalCommon Application Portal / University Admissions Portal
Application Fee (non-refundable)45 USD
Acceptance rate88%
SAT Code2657
ACT Code3714
Average SAT score1170
Average ACT score17-23
Retention Rate71%
Mode of PaymentOnline Transfer through myShip
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall/Spring
Financial AidGrants and Scholarships

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Admissions Deadlines

The admission applications for fall and spring semester should be submitted by the following deadlines:

Undergraduate and Graduate Applications
FallApril 30
SpringSeptember 30

Note: International applicants are suggested to apply for graduate programs, at least 4 months prior to the semester start.

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania International Student Admissions 

The admission requirements for international applicants include submission of additional documents, proof of English proficiency scores, and completing the visa process. The details of additional requirements for international applicants are briefed in the sections below:

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • High school transcripts should be sent to [email protected] or posted to the Assistant Dean of UG Admissions office.
    • Translations of transcripts, which are not in English language, should be provided.
    • A course-by-course evaluation of transcripts from WES, ICD, ECS or NACES.
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Income verification/ Statement of Financial Support/ bank statement from sponsors
  • Departmental requirement: Along with the above-mentioned documents, the requirement for certain graduate and professional courses are subject to differ.

English Proficiency Test Score

All international applicants can submit their TOEFL and IELTS scores as proof for English proficiency. The minimum score requirement is mentioned below which are as follows:

TestMinimum required score
TOEFL (pBT)550
TEFL (iBT)66 (UG)
68 (PG)

Visa Process for International Students

  • After the student is selected for admission, the university will email the Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Visa (Form I-20 A/B). Once received, all the details should be checked carefully.
  • Completed non-immigration visa application form (DS-156) with passport size photo.
  • A valid passport.
  • Receipt of visa application fee.
  • Evidence of SEVIS fee payment (I-901 receipt)

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Admissions

The university offers more than 100 UG programs. The admissions process and requirement details for freshman are mentioned below:

Where to Apply: Common Application Portal or through University Application Portal.

Application Fee: 45 USD

Admission Requirements: The following documents must be produced by the applicants at the time of admission:

  • Complete online submission
  • High school transcript sent directly by the school counselor for First-year students
  • Separate transcript of all courses (for transfer students) must be sent directly through World Education Services, ECE, or ICD
  • GED scores for transfer applicants
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • SAT/ ACT scores
  • Official Transcripts must be sent to [email protected].
  • Financial statement and bank statement

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Graduate Admissions

The Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania offers over 50 different programs in the areas of Counselling and Social Work, Professional Leadership and Humanities, Sciences, Business, and Education. The deadlines for admission are the same as for UG applicants. The details for the admission process and requirements for some popular courses are mentioned below:

CourseAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
Master of Business Administration (MBA)GPA- 2.0; Resume;
500-word SOP; GMAT/ GRE– 450
TOEFL– 550
TOEFL(iBT) – 68;
IELTS – 6.0
Master of Special EducationGPA- 3.0; Autobiographical SOP;
GRE/ GMAT Scores; Resume; 3 LOR
TOEFL – 550
TOEFL (iBT) – 68
IELTS – 6.0
MS in BiologyGPA- 2.75; 500 words SOP; ResumeTOEFL – 550
TOEFL (iBT) – 80
IELTS – 6.5
MS in Computer ScienceGPA- 2.75; 500 words SOP; ResumeTOEFL – 550
TOEFL (iBT) – 70
IELTS – 6.0
MS in Communication StudiesGPA- 2.75; 500-word SOP;
Resume in PDF/ Word Document
TOEFL – 550
TOEFL (iBT) – 80
IELTS – 6.0

Applications for courses to the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania are subject to be reviewed by the university on grounds of scores obtained and eligibility of the candidate. The application status can only be viewed 2 days after submission of the application fee.


Shippensburg is the oldest community of the Cumberland Valley, and the second oldest west of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania (after York to the east). In July 1730, 12 Scots-Irish families came to the site of the present-day Shippensburg and built cabin homes along Burd’s Run. Shippensburg began as the western outpost of colonial settlement.

The village received its name from Edward Shippen, a prominent resident of Lancaster (and onetime mayor of Philadelphia) who obtained the patent to the land from the heirs of William Penn. Edward Shippen’s granddaughter, Peggy Shippen, was historically notable as the wife of General Benedict Arnold, who betrayed the Continental Army by defecting to the British during the American Revolutionary War.

In 1735, Samuel Perry built the Widow Piper’s Tavern, which stands at the southwest corner of East King Street and Queen Street. This building was selected as the place for the first Cumberland County Courts in 1750 and 1751. The building has been restored and serves today as the home of the Shippensburg Civic Club.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students are evaluated on the basis of all work attempted at accredited institutions. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) is computed based on all work attempted above the developmental level.

A minimum college GPA of 2.0 and more than 12 course credits is preferred for admission. Students transferring with less than 12 college-level credits need to submit a high school transcript and SAT scores along with their college transcripts when applying. An admissions decision will be based on all criteria.

Some majors require prerequisite courses or a minimum GPA prior to transferring. Applicants who meet the criteria for admission, but who cannot be accommodated in the major of choice, will be permitted to select another major or defer admission until a later date.

Please refer to the major curriculum information below or in PDF format for specific departmental notes regarding your major.

Careers in Health Science

There are many careers to choose from within the health professions. Here is a list of some health science programs and the amount of education required.

Search the web to find key information about job responsibilities, education, and locations of professional programs. Also schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. David Long, Director of Health Sciences in the Biology Department, to discuss your specific plans and educational opportunities.

Transfer Programs

Students spend 2-3 years doing course work at Ship, and then 2-3 years at another institution. Thomas Jefferson University offers several options for students looking to start a career in one of the following fields:

  • Nursing
  • Diagnostic Imaging (x-ray, ultrasound)
  • Clinical Lab Sciences (cytotechnology, biotechnology)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Dietetics/Nutrition
  • Mortuary Science
  • Health Information Management

Post-baccalaureate Certificate or Accelerated Degree Programs

Students complete 4 years of course work at Ship, and then 1 year at another institution. Programs include:

  • Medical Technology (aka: Medical Laboratory Science)
  • Cytotechnology
  • Histotechnology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing (accelerated 2nd degree BSN)
  • Diagnostic Imaging (e.g., sonography, radiography)
  • Invasive Cardiovascular Technology

Master’s Degree Programs

Students complete 4 years of course work at Ship, then 2 years at another institution. Most of these programs will require Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores as part of the application:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy (entry-level masters)
  • Nursing (entry-level masters)
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Pathologist Assistant
  • Speech/Language Pathology
  • Acupuncture/Herbal Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Orientation & Mobility Therapy
  • Biological & Medical Illustration
  • Family Therapy
  • Gerontology
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Care Education Technology
  • Health Care Management & Supervision
  • Health Information Systems
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Therapy & Exercise Science
  • Anesthetist Assistant
  • Physician Assistant

Doctoral Programs

Students complete 4 years of course work at Ship, and then 3-4 years at another institution.

3-Year Professional Programs

  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Naturopathic Medicine

4-Year Professional Programs

  • Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Dentistry
  • Audiology
  • Pharmacy

Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs

  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Radiation Sciences

Articulation Programs

BS in Biology/Clinical Sciences Concentration (3+1 or 4+1)

Clinical studies in medical technology, histotechnology, cytotechnology or respiratory therapy can be included in the BS in Biology program. Articulations (or close informal associations) exist with several professional sites. General education courses and core coursework in biology, math, chemistry and physics must be completed in the first three years at Shippensburg and, after successful completion of an approved clinical program, credits from the professional program will transfer back to Shippensburg to complete requirements for the BS in Biology degree. Alternatively, the undergraduate program can be expanded to five years, with the 5th year being the clinical year.

Medical Technology (aka: Medical Laboratory Science)

  • Altoona Hospital (Altoona, PA)
  • Augusta Medical Center (Fishersville, VA)
  • Conemaugh Medical Center (Johnstown, PA)
  • Lancaster College of Nursing and Health Science (Lancaster, PA)
  • Reading Medical Center (Reading, PA)
  • St. Vincent Medical Center (Erie, PA)
  • Williamsport Hospital (Williamsport, PA)
  • York Hospital (York, PA)


  • Conemaugh Medical Center (Johnstown, PA)
  • Magee Women’s Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA (non-affiliate program)


  • Thomas Jefferson University College of Health Professions (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Magee Women’s Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA (non-affiliate program)

Respiratory Therapy

  • Lancaster College of Nursing and Health Science – if affiliation with Millersville University (Lancaster, PA)

Accelerated Health Professional Programs at the Doctoral Level

In these programs, the B.S. in Biology is conferred to the student after successful completion of their first professional year. Specific course work is required during the three years at Shippensburg University, so early planning with your advisor is essential if you are interested in these opportunities.

  • New York Chiropractic College (3+3)
  • Logan College of Chiropractic (3+3)
  • Temple University School of Dentistry (3+3)
  • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (3+4)
  • Salus University College of Optometry (3+4)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (3+4)

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