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After her daughters graduated with degrees from Shawnee State University, Elizabeth Adams decided it was her turn. Being from Portsmouth, she has watched SSU grow from a small community college to the bustling and diverse university that it is today- and she’s so proud to be a Bear.

“After you’ve been here a while, you’ll understand.”

She knew from childhood that her dream was to be a teacher, and her love of history made choosing a specialty easy. The path to success has had its bumps in the road, but Elizabeth has her eyes on the prize- a degree from Shawnee State University that tells employers she knows her stuff.

Shawnee State is proud of our many first-generation faculty members and alum. We know how overwhelming the college application process can feel, and we’re here to help! Contact our Admissions office at 740-351-4778(4SSU) today.