Shawnee State University is a student-focused public university offering a highly personalized, affordable, and accessible education dedicated to the exploration of emerging technologies and emerging ideas.
We pride ourselves on being a place where professors know their students by name, and where our students can make a name for themselves.
Our graduates pursue success in the fields of education; medicine; fine, digital, and performing arts, English and humanities; mathematical sciences; natural sciences; social sciences; business administration; industrial and engineering technologies; health services; rehabilitation and sports professions; and more.
Located along the beautiful banks of the Ohio River in historic Portsmouth, Ohio, Shawnee State University is always growing. Since we were founded in 1986, our affordable tuition rates and academic value has shown our enrollment grow to the current enrollment of over 3,800 students; 40 of these being international students and over 1,000 of these students living on campus in apartment style housing.
Our 62-acre campus features modern educational facilities including the Clark Memorial Library which is home to over 160,000 materials for our students, the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts featuring a 1,100 seat main theater, the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center which serves as home to the SSU Bears, and the Clark Planetarium- the first planetarium in the United States equipped with the digital MediaGlobe system. Our newly expanded University Center features the Sodexo Ballroom, Jazzman’s Café, and a Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Shawnee State University showcases a tradition of success in athletics with our SSU Bears competing in over 60 national championships. SSU’s women’s basketball team won the NAIA Division II National Championship in 1999 and were the National Runners-Up in 2010. Along with this, the men’s cross country team has placed in the Top 10 at the National Championship Meet the past four years.