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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania



Slippery Rock University (SRU) provides students with an affordable, high quality academic experience in a world class environment that goes beyond the classroom with access to new technology, research with faculty and internship opportunities. The University is a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

Slippery Rock is located in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, just 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, the second largest city in the United States. The University is a day’s drive from many popular destinations in the U.S., such as the Niagara Falls, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington D.C.

Slippery Rock University has earned full institutional accreditation through the Middle State Commission on Higher Learning and discipline specific accreditations. It is a public, coeducational, comprehensive University offering over 150 undergraduate and select postgraduate programmes to more than 8,500 students.

Students at the University would find convenient and safe residences on campus. They will find several activities to engage in, such as sports and entertainment to Greek life and the arts - there are always fun and exciting activities going on at SRU which students can be participate in. Students can engage with fellow students through over 150 on-campus clubs and organisations.

There are several student support facilities offered to the international students, including counselling services and tutoring centre. SRU maintains a safe campus and the University Police Department is available every hour of every day.

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Slippery Rock University's Office of Communication and Public Affairs was recently recognised 30 times for its work in print, social media, web and video production.

The 30 awards, from three organisations includes six national Educational Digital Marketing Awards that were secured in January. The EDMAs recognises the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media. Those awards included a silver award for the University's official website, which for the calendar year, has earned a trio of silver awards and one gold award for design from a quartet of organizations.

The Educational Advertising Awards bestowed 15 awards on UCPA. This year, more than 2,250 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 States of the U.S.A. and several foreign countries.

Judges for the Educational Advertising Awards consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report.

Study options

Study options

At the undergraduate level, SRU offers more than 150 majors and minors, all of which are designed with the student-future in mind. The Honours Programme at the University provides academically talented and exceptionally motivated students with special opportunities.

SRU's postgraduate programmes help students get ahead and stay ahead in their careers. There are more than 30 masters and two doctoral degree programmes, available on campus and online.

Slippery Rock University enjoys an outstanding reputation for high-quality undergraduate and graduate academic instruction. This is only achieved through the accomplishments of exceptional faculty members.

SRU is committed to student-success, and offers programmes under study areas such as:

  • Arts (Fine and Performing)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Health and Medicine
  • Humanities and Language
  • International
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Professional Programmes
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology
  • Undeclared (Exploratory)
  • Wellness and Fitness
Student support

Student support

The Slippery Rock Student Government Association (SGA) helps students meet their needs and wants while at the University. The SGA offers various student services that benefit them during their time at SRU.

Academic advisement

Advisement for international students begins before they even arrive on the SRU campus. Accepted students can expect timely communications from the International Student Adviser regarding their first semester class schedules, orientation programme and what to expect as a new student studying in the U.S. Students also can get advice on academic majors and course options from the Academic Advisement Center.

Student counselling

The Student Counselling Centre provides a place for students when they just need someone to talk to. It offers free services like individual and group counselling, referral services, educational and outreach activities, and other such help. Its staff comprises of licensed psychologists and counsellors who are trained to work with international students.

Enrollment services

Student enrollment services strategically plans and implements programmes to facilitate student enrollment and recruitment.


The University provides all students with resources that meet the highest of standards from leading-edge technology to student- focused facilities.

Global ambassador

The Global Ambassador Programme assists new international students in their transition to the U.S. and SRU.

Global engagement

international students are offered support from the application and enrollment process, to graduation and beyond.

Tutoring centre

Various academic departments offer free individual and group tutoring to students enrolled in one of more than 90 introductory courses.

How to apply

How to apply

Students who wish to pursue their education at Slippery Rock University must ensure they complete the entire application and all supporting materials.

They must also make certain that all of their application materials are received by the University.

International applicants who have not enrolled in any post-secondary institution since graduating high school should apply as freshmen. Students must:

  • Complete the application for admission. 
  • Pay USD 30 as application fee (non-refundable).
  • Submit official, English-translated copies of all secondary course work completed, including subjects listed and marks earned, secondary school certificates, diplomas and examinations results.
  • All non-native speakers of English must submit an official score report from TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test.
  • Submit a copy of their passport - copy of the picture page.
  • All applicants must verify finances. 

View the application process for international undergraduate students and international graduate students



Slippery Rock University is a great place to live and learn. Whether the students hail from a big city or a small town, SRU offers a close-knit community that feels like home. On-campus housing at SRU gives students a fun, friendly, and safe living environment. The students would get to know their neighbours, it's easy to get around, and they will feel comfortable in their surroundings.

Living on campus generates a feeling of oneness and a sense of belonging among the students. It becomes a platform for cultural interaction as one gets to meet students coming from other countries.

From the Residence Halls to the Rock Apartments, SRU provides several different options to meet the students’ housing needs. Not only do they get convenient access to campus and its excellent resources, they would also get to meet new people and explore all that SRU has to offer. The residence hall community at the Slippery Rock University provides on-campus accommodation facilities to students coming from various cities and countries.

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Scholarships & funding

SRU offers all new international students non-need based financial aid awards valued at approximately USD 3,500 deducted from the full out-of-state tuition rate. Combined with a new USD 1,500 scholarship and a B average over 4 years (minimum of 3.0 GPA), students can save USD 20,000.

After spring/summer, if students have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher, students could receive an additional USD500 scholarship.

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence

Valued at USD 500 (applied for fall and spring terms only).

  • Award is granted after an international student has completed either his/ her first year or first semester (spring only) at SRU.
  • Must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher to receive award.
  • Must be an international student enrolled full-time.

Provost Scholarship for Global Diversity & Academic Achievement

Valued at USD 1,500 (applicable for fall and spring terms only)

  • Initial scholarship is awarded upon admission (No additional application required to receive award).
  • To retain scholarship, one must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher (subject to annual review spring/ summer terms).
  • Must be an international student enrolled full-time.

Graduate assistantships

Over 100 graduate assistantships are awarded each academic year to deserving graduate students at Slippery Rock University. A graduate assistantship allows students to receive a USD 4,000 academic year stipend and a full tuition waiver for up to 9 graduate credits per semester.

Read more on the scholarships here…

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