Admissions, Applications, and Campus Visits

Our Admissions staff remains committed to helping you take the next step toward your future — so that when Fall 2020 is here, you’ll be all set.

Is the office of Admission open?

Yes, but we are operating remotely. We are here for you and your family. Our physical office is not open for visitors or walk-ins, but we are still here to help. Incoming calls to the office will be answered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. You can also email your recruiter directly or email for assistance!

If I physically mail something to the Office of Admission, will it be received?

Yes! Postal and physical mail will continue to run on campus; however, it may be less frequently delivered directly to Admissions. This means any documents delivered to campus will be received and mail will be delivered to the Office of Admissions for processing at least on a weekly basis. Our processing of mailed transcripts, test scores, health science applications, observation hours, etc. may be delayed while the university is operating remotely and classes are delivered online. If you have questions about anything you have sent to us, please don’t hesitate to call us.

I scheduled a visit to campus, but it was canceled. When can I reschedule?

We can’t wait to show you everything we have to offer. While we suspended campus visits until the end of the semester, we have created some virtual experiences to showcase Shawnee State to students considering us.

Visit our virtual event site

Will the Office of Admissions keep processing applications?

Yes! Like many of our university partners we are continuing operations even with many of our employees working remotely. Our recruitment staff is available by mobile phone and email and our processing office is processing applications for Summer and Fall 2020 semesters.

Can I still send in my ACT or SAT scores and high school transcripts?

Yes! If you have a copy of your high school transcript or ACT and/or SAT scores you can log in to the application portal, and upload them directly for processing OR you can email them directly to If you need to request a previous test score please log in to your ACT or College Board account, download your scorecard and email it to or upload directly.

What if I need my high school transcript and my high school is closed or operating online only?

At this time many high schools are closed and students and staff are working remotely. If you need to request a transcript from your high school, please contact your high school counselor. Our recommendation is to email them directly with your request so they can contact you when they can. Shawnee State University operates on a rolling admission, so we continue to admit students until the beginning of the semester. If you need to wait to send your transcript – Don't worry! We’ll be able to process it whenever you or your school can send it.

I was planning to submit my application for one of the selective health science programs. How can I turn in my application and $30.00 Health Science Application fee?

If you are applying for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program (including our dual enrollment program at Southern State Community College), the deadline has been extended until June 1. We are also not requiring observation hours for our OTA applications at this time, but will require them at a later date when observation sites begin allowing visitors again.

In addition, the following programs have extended their deadlines to June 1st or until the Fall 2020 class has been filled:

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Medical Lab Technology
  • Bachelor to Master’s Occupational Therapy program

Health Profession Degree Application Fees Have Been Waived

We are temporarily waiving the $30 application fee for health science degrees. We hope this helps, even in a small way. We look forward to helping you take the next steps toward your successful future.

Where to Send your Program-specific Application

Email your health science selective application to, or mail it to us at:

Office of Admission
Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-4344

Financial Aid

Is the Office of Financial Aid open?

The Student Business Center is not open for walk-ins or face to face appointments, but will be working remotely. To contact us in Financial Aid please call (740) 351-4357 or email You can also drop off required documents in the new drop box located outside the Student Business Center on the 2nd floor of the Morris University Center. Access to the drop box will be available when the facility is open.

Should I still file my 2020-21 FAFSA?

Yes! Please plan to complete your online FAFSA for Fall 2020 for consideration for state and federal grants and loans. Be sure to indicate Shawnee State as the school you’d like to send your results to.

Will you still process Financial Aid Packages?

Yes! We will continue to update scholarships and award financial aid packages. Check your MySSU account!

Can I still qualify for Scholarships?

Yes! Not only are we still processing award packages and awarding merit scholarships, but we’ve extended our merit based scholarship deadline until July 1st, 2020. We will increase scholarships and award new scholarships based on test scores and transcripts received until July 1.

I was selected for verification. How do I turn in my forms or additional documentation?

You can find documents for download on the Financial Aid Forms page. You can complete them and upload them in your MySSU or mail them directly to SSU. Our Student Business Center is also operating remotely. Please call (740) 351-4357 with questions.

If you choose to mail the documents, please allow additional time for them to be processed. You can also drop off required documents in the new drop box located outside the Student Business Center on the 2nd floor of the Morris University Center. Access to the drop box will be available when the Morris University Center is open.

Mailing Address:

Office of Financial Aid
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Orientation and Summer Bridge to Success

I have a new student orientation scheduled for April 18 or May 9. Will I be able to attend?

We can’t wait to have you on campus for orientation as a new SSU Bear, but due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus and to protect the safety of students, families, faculty, and staff we will be cancelling the Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, May 9 events. Students registered for these events are asked to log in to MySSU and reschedule for a June or July event. We have added a new June 27th event.

I’ve made my decision for the fall, Shawnee State is my choice, and I’d like to move forward. Should I go ahead and register for an orientation?

Yes! We are so excited you have chosen Shawnee State! Please log in to your MySSU account and register for an upcoming orientation date. If dates are canceled, we will remove them from the portal and if there are changes after you register, we will contact you via email.

I have been accepted to the Summer Bridge to Success Program. Is the program still available?

Yes! However, we will be making some changes. We will be offering the program fully online for students. The program is still free.

Register for the program in MySSU. Orientation for summer Bridge will be hosted online June 29th with courses beginning June 30th and lasting 7 weeks.

I was hoping to take a placement test on campus to test out of the Bridge to Success Program or to improve my placement in math, reading, or English. Can I take the placement test on campus?

Placement testing for new degree seeking students for Fall 2020 will not be offered on campus at this time. In order to help protect our staff and prospective students from the coronavirus, we are currently only able to conduct Accuplacer exams online. Learn about taking the Accuplacer online.

Musical Theatre

I am interested in Musical Theatre at Shawnee State. Can I still audition?

Yes! We are postponing in-person auditions at this time but are accepting video submissions and working with students through GetAcceptd. We have also extended the deadline for applying for admission to the Musical Theatre program until July 1, 2020. For more information please contact Summer Logan at

College Credit Plus (CCP)

I am planning to participate in the College Credit Plus Program in the Fall. Can I still apply?

Yes! We are offering our CCP program for high school students beginning Fall 2020 and are planning to extend our deadline.

SSU has made the following changes regarding CCP:

SSU will conditionally admit CCP students with incomplete applications, including students without all of the required signatures, tests scores, or high school transcripts.

New Deadlines

Following are our new deadlines for completed applications:

  • August 1 for students wanting to enroll in fall courses

Students must have all parts of their application complete by this date. This deadline is in line with legislation that will hopefully be coming soon from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Orientation Updates

For students who will be attending classes on Shawnee State's campus this fall, we are providing new student orientation remotely through web meetings and online tools. Look for details in your email once you receive your acceptance letter.

Placement Testing Updates

Accuplacer/Placement Testing

We are currently conducting Accuplacer exams online. Learn about taking the Accuplacer online.

ACT Testing

ACT has cancelled April and May testing. The legislation coming from the Ohio Department of Higher Education will more than likely be urging us to accept students based on GPA and other measures. Shawnee State University will comply with Ohio Department of Higher Education guidelines.