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Shawnee State University

Shawnee State is a student-focused public university offering a highly personalized, affordable, and accessible education dedicated to the exploration of emerging technologies and emerging ideas. 

Bachelor's programmes



Shawnee State University's roots date back to 1945 when Ohio University established an academic center at Portsmouth High School. After 16 years, The OU Academic Center moved to Griffin Hall on Second Street.In 2010, SSU was recognized by the Ohio Board of Regents as a Center of Excellence in Immersive Technology.


At Shawnee State, we are dedicated to preparing you for future success. To do that, we are always looking forward — utilizing advanced technologies, exploring emerging ideas, and continually growing to meet the needs of our current, and future, students.


We have made a commitment to continuous improvement at Shawnee State University. A vital part of this commitment is the use of reliable data in making decisions. The Department of Institutional Research and Sponsored Programs supports internal departments in planning, assessment, and decision-making by performing data collection, verification, and analysis.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Housing services

Living on campus is a big part of the college experience. The housing community at SSU has grown to approximately one thousand students who live in apartment style residence halls.

Shawnee State University's residence halls are close to campus, safe, clean and offer a variety of amenities.

The University Housing & Residence Life Staff are committed to creating an on campus living experience that supports the holistic development of residents to become outstanding students - academically and socially.

The housing experience offers many opportunities to grow through educational and social programming, living-learning communities, and a wide-range of leadership roles and student activities.

Library services

Thanks to the generosity of a Portsmouth family, the Shawnee State University Board of Trustees in October of 1997 named its library the Clark Memorial Library.  It is dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Clark, long time Portsmouth residents and supporters of the University.

Mr. Clark was born in 1896. He, along with William A. Burke and James B. Miller.

Medical services

We at Shawnee State know how important good health is to a successful education and career. The Health Clinic at SSU is designed to help you maintain good health; to provide treatment for minor injuries and illnesses; and to help you lay a strong foundation for the future.

Student Life

Campus life

Your campus visit to Shawnee State University will include an admissions presentation (everything you need to know about applying and attending SSU!), a tour of our beautiful and compact campus, and a tour of an apartment style and/or townhouse style housing unit based on availability.

Student clubs

Whether in the Dungeons Crawlers or the Shawnee State Catholic Association, there's an organization for you. Join an existing organization or start your own! The possibilities are endless. Shawnee State encourages students to make their education complete by getting involved.  Students who get involved enjoy their college experience and are more successful after graduation.


The Department of Institutional Research and Sponsored Programs provides support for the University's accreditation review process. Shawnee State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Shawnee State University has been accepted to membership in the Academic Quality Improvement Program(AQIP) for the Higher Learning Commission. 

Portsmouth, Ohio, United States