Aug 07, 2020  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic and Student Affairs

Each student is a person of dignity, worth and responsibility who has elected to attend the university for the purposes of attaining an education and to grow and mature through additional learning experiences outside of the classroom.

The goal of  Academic and Student Affairs is to assist in the total development of each student by providing appropriate, life-centered educational programs and services. Primary concerns of the various departments focus on helping students to develop leadership skills, decision-making competencies, self-discipline, respect for others, skills of self-evaluation, and the learning and development of social responsibility and human relations skills.

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Academic Affairs and Integrated Learning


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Athletics and other student services





Academic Honor Societies


Blue Key Honor Society recognizes primarily juniors and seniors for scholarship, leadership and service to their campus and community. Students may be in any major course of study to be invited to join, but must have a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Delta Alpha Chi is an academic/professional organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of the Student Affairs in Higher Education Master’s Degree program. Membership is open to graduate students in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program.

Gamma Sigma Alpha exists to recognize the academic achievement of fraternity and sorority members at Slippery Rock University. Members of social fraternities and sororities who are juniors or seniors with a 3.5 or higher GPA may become initiated members.

Golden Key is an internationally recognized academic honor society dedicated to excellence. The society’s goals are to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement and excellence in all undergraduate fields of study, to unite faculty and administrators in developing and maintaining high standards of education, to provide economic assistance to outstanding members by means of both undergraduate and graduate scholarships and to promote scholastic achievement and voluntary service. Membership is by invitation to juniors and seniors (in all fields) who have achieved a minimum 3.40 GPA.

Lambda Epsilon Delta recognizes outstanding elementary education majors. Students are required to have a 3.000 overall GPA after completing 60 semester credits in order to be eligible for membership.

Lambda Pi Eta recognizes currently enrolled full-time students in good standing majoring in communications. Students are required to have completed 45 credits with a GPA of 3.000 and nine credits in communication courses with a 3.250 GPA.

Lambda Sigma honors sophomore students who have enriched campus life. The honorary is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. Active members are chosen according to an election system approved by the national board and are initiated in the spring.

Mu Phi Epsilon is an international, professional music fraternity whose purpose is scholarship, musicianship and the promotion of friendship. The fraternity is open to music majors who have a minimum GPA of 2.500 with a minimum GPA of 3.000 in music subjects. Members serve the department by ushering, sponsoring concerts, and participating in community outreach programs.

Order of Omega recognizes students who have attained a high standard of leadership in InterGreek activities. It strives to bring together the most representative fraternity and sorority members with faculty, staff and alumni of the institution.

Omicron Delta Epsilon is the international honor society in economics and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. ODE promotes excellence in academic study by restriction of membership to upper division undergraduates who have a B average and at least 12 credit hours of economics with an average grade of at least a B. ODE also publishes The American Economist, a journal that accepts manuscripts from graduate and undergraduate students majoring in economics.

Phi Alpha Theta is dedicated to promotion of research, instruction, publication, and exchange of experiences among historians. Students maintaining high academic standards in history and general studies are eligible to become members. The RHO IOTA Slippery Rock Chapter has been selected best chapter in Division III for 1989-90 and 1990-91 school years.

Phi Epsilon Kappa recognizes outstanding health and physical education majors. Fraternity objectives are to elevate the standards, ideals, and ethics of those engaged in the teaching of physical education. Membership requirements include a minimum overall GPA of 2.750 and a 3.000 GPA in all major courses.

Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, extended an invitation of membership to Slippery Rock University following a yearlong evaluation. SRU initiated a chapter in the fall of 2004. Founded in 1897, the Phi Kappa Phi society stresses academic excellence and strength of character. Membership in the society is by invitation. Invitations are extended to the top 7.5% of juniors and the top 10% of seniors, as well as outstanding members of the university’s faculty, staff and administration.

Phi Sigma Pi is a national, coeducational honor society for all majors. Slippery rock University’s Mu chapter was established in 1930, on the three ideals of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. With this tripod the society strives to make all three ideals dynamic in the lives of its members. Consideration for membership requires the maintenance of a 3.000 GPA, and completion of twelve credits.

Phi Sigma Tau, the Pennsylvania Upsilon chapter of the philosophy honorary was established at Slippery Rock University in February 1984. The aims are expressed in the Greek motto “Philounton Sophian Time,” meaning the “honor of those who love wisdom.” The goals are to honor academic excellence and philosophical concern. Any student with a cumulative average of 3.000 in at least nine credits of philosophy courses and an overall cumulative average of 3.000 or better is eligible for membership.

Pi Delta Phi aims to recognize excellence in French studies. Members communicate French language and culture to others by tutoring and sponsoring French cultural presentations. To be eligible to join, students must have completed one French course at the 300 level, have a B average in all French courses taken and a 2.900 overall GPA.

Psi Chi aims to provide academic prestige to members by high standards for eligibility, to offer a congenial climate for professional growth, and to make active attempts at nourishing and stimulating that growth. Basis for membership: (1) completion of twelve or more credits in psychology; (2) registration for major or minor standing in psychology or related program; (3) high standards in psychology or related program; (4) good academic standing; and (5) three-fourths vote of approval for membership at a regular meeting of the chapter.

Psi Chi (Graduate Division) Graduate students are eligible to join Psi Chi after completing 18 semester credits in the counseling program, achieving degree candidacy, and obtaining a GPA of not less than 3.500.

Rho Phi Lambda honors students who have made outstanding contributions to the field of parks and recreation. Initiates must have completed 45 credits with a 3.000 GPA and nine credits of parks and recreation courses with a 3.200 GPA.

Sigma Delta Pi honors those who seek excellence in the study of Spanish language and literature. To become an active member, a student must have completed at least two Spanish courses at the 300 level and have a 3.000 GPA in Spanish and a 2.750 GPA overall.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon is an honorary scientific society devoted to the earth sciences. Delta Tau Chapter holds regular meetings, sponsors field trips, lectures and community service in the earth sciences.

Sigma Rho Delta, the dance honorary, was founded in 1967 and established at SRU in 1998. The goals are to offer service to the department, university, and community; promote unity within the department and between departments; and to further dance and art awareness.

Sigma Sigma Kappa was established in 1981 to foster academic excellence in sociology, anthropology, and social work and to encourage community service. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed nine hours in sociology, anthropology, or social work courses and have achieved a 3.000 GPA. In addition, students must complete ten hours of volunteer service in the community.


Academic Services

109 Bailey Library



Mark Campbell


Jennifer Stroup


Mark Campbell, Annette Salsovic, TBA, TBA

Academic Services Program

The Academic Services Department coordinates a wide range of programs such as the FYRST Seminar, Learning Community Clusters, Basic Mathematics, the Tutorial Center, the Math Emporium, the College Success Workshops, and academic advisement for all Exploratory/Undeclared students.  The department also coordinates all re-admissions of students returning to the University.  

First Year Studies begins with a Rock Solid Orientation

FYRST begins with an orientation program during which students are introduced to the campus, to a FYRST faculty advisor, and to many institutional resources and services. New student orientation is designed to help students achieve a successful transition to university life. Slippery Rock employs new and innovative ways to greet new students in their first few days on campus and assist them continually throughout their first year. New students who are admitted early have the opportunity to attend an early orientation program in the spring of their senior year. These students receive a head start on their college experience by scheduling for classes, receiving financial aid information, making and securing living arrangements, and meeting new friends, faculty, and college staff. The orientation program, which is conducted in June, is comprised of an overnight experience and more time to explore the campus and its resources. In August, new students are invited back to campus prior to the beginning of the fall semester for a welcome orientation session.

Academic Advisement

Academic Advisement is perhaps the most important faculty/student relationship outside the classroom. The University’s academic advisement system is comprised of two primary organizational structures that include First Year Studies advisement and upper-class student/transfer student advisement.

First Year Studies (FYRST) Advisement

All academic advisement of new freshmen is coordinated and directed by FYRST. The mission of FYRST advising is to personalize the first year by ensuring that every student receives a high standard of academic advisement services from pre-enrollment to orientation, and throughout the student’s first year. FYRST advising provides assistance that will help students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to select an academic program or major which best suits their individual abilities, interests and career goals. During the student’s enrollment in FYRST, he/she should develop a more thorough understanding of his/her own purpose and goals in college as well as those of the university. If a new freshman has declared a major, advisement will be provided by a faculty member selected from the major department. If no major has been declared, the student will be actively involved in the Exploratory Program and advised by a selected faculty member from Academic Services who has volunteered to work with students who have not decided upon a major. Progression through FYRST will be assisted by the faculty advisor, however, it is the student’s responsibility to see that he/she meets all requirements of the degree granting college so that upon completion of the first year of study, the student has attained the minimum number of credits, the specified courses and the minimum grade point average required by the major department.

Upper-class Student/Transfer Student Advisement

As a student progresses from FYRST to the degree-granting college, some departments may reassign their students to different academic advisors during the upper-division years, while other departments may permit the student to retain the FYRST advisor throughout his/her years of study at the university. Upon entrance into the university, new transfer students are assigned academic advisors from their major program.

Exploratory (Undeclared) Program

Students entering the university who are exploring majors participate in the Exploratory Program. These students are advised by FYRST advisors in Academic Services who volunteer their time to advise students as part of the Exploratory Program. The faculty identified as FYRST Exploratory advisors have an interest in and a commitment to assisting new students in their transition to college life. Nearly all Exploratory students are advised by members of the Academic Services Department.

Advisement Development

The Academic Services Department is responsible for developing advisor and student advising resources, conducting advisor training and first year student advising informational workshops, and maintaining its involvement in retention-related and first-year research activities.

Learning Community Clusters

The university implemented a learning community cluster program which includes a freshman seminar for the purpose of improving students’ academic and social integration and establishing an educational environment that maximizes both student-student interaction, student-faculty and student-professional staff interaction. The transition to university life can be challenging and even stressful. The academic and social advantages provided by joining a learning community cluster and freshman seminar initiative can help reduce that stress. By enrolling in the same classes, students are encouraged to meet new people, make friends easily, form study groups, participate in class discussions, and become engaged with their professors.

Research has shown that the more students connect to the university, the more successful they are in their college experience. Our research shows that by enhancing a student’s sense of community and involvement, the freshman seminar and learning community clusters contribute to higher retention rates. Because both freshman seminars and learning communities promote active learning and foster collaboration and cooperation, students who participate are higher achievers and more involved in their classes.

Freshman Seminar (FYRST Seminar)

The freshman seminar course is designed especially to enhance the academic, social, and personal integration of the student by focusing on transition topics related to the college environment (e.g., time management, active learning strategies, note-taking skills, test preparation, goal setting, use of campus technology, academic advising, major and career exploration, professional development in the technology fields, diversity, relationship issues, and issues of wellness).

Academic and Learning Assistance Resources

Available online from the Academic Services Department are a series of academic and learning assistance resources for students. This resource center offers free materials on first-year and academic transition tools; learning assistance resources on time management, effective reading, test preparation, test taking and note taking; and academic advising resources on scheduling tips, grade point average calculations, and information on major and career selection.

Tutorial Center

Slippery Rock University’s Tutorial Center assists undergraduate students in meeting their academic goals with free peer individual and group tutoring services, study skills workshops, and Supplemental Instruction (SI). Emphasis upon basic skills and upon the Liberal Studies areas, study skills instruction and support, communication with faculty, and extensive training and supervision of tutors meet students’ immediate academic and content based needs and provide them with effective and transferable study skills. Tutorial services at Slippery Rock University are personalized and tailored to individuals’ academic needs.

Tutoring services also include the proactive Supplemental Instruction (SI) model for academic assistance. Students hired as leaders attend assigned classes and work closely with enrolled students to model and teach study skills strategies. Leaders facilitate group-tutoring sessions emphasizing cooperative learning activities.

Individual tutoring sessions for students are scheduled by appointment or on a drop-in basis, whereas group and SI sessions are scheduled to accommodate the greatest number of interested students.

College Skills Workshops

During the fall, the Tutorial Center offers an array of workshops designed to help students succeed in college. All students are eligible to participate in the workshops on such topics as managing time, taking effective class notes, reading texts, building a strong memory, increasing test-taking skills.


Athletic Programs


Always a strength at Slippery Rock University, intercollegiate athletics include a varied array of sports and make an important and meaningful contribution to the total educational objectives of the university. The strength of the SRU intercollegiate athletic program is its academic accountability, as well as its desire for excellence in all 17 of the university’s varsity teams. The list of competitive, intercollegiate teams for women includes cross country, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and field hockey in the fall; basketball and indoor track in the winter; lacrosse, softball and track & field in the spring. The men’s sports include football, soccer, and cross country in the fall; basketball and indoor track in the winter; and baseball and track & field in the spring. Slippery Rock University is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II.


Campus Recreation


The Office of Campus Recreation is responsible for multiple programs and facility operations.  The programs and facilities have been designed to promote the wellness dimensions including physical, mental and spiritual health.  Campus Recreation offers a variety of lifetime sports and fitness activities that provide exciting opportunities to “Rock’n Recreate”. Within each of the program areas there are Perk Programs which are provided FREE of charge to SRU students and ARC Members and Pay to Play Programs. 


All Slippery Rock University undergraduate and graduate who pay the Student Recreation Center fee have access to the following programs and facilities.  Students who have not paid this fee have the option to invest in an ARC membership to secure access.


Campus Recreation Program areas consist of:


Aquatics: Primary programs offered include swim instructions arthritic stretch, aquatic group exercise classes and water polo.

Climbing Wall Programs: Program offerings include informal recreational climbing and bouldering and intramural events and extramural climbing completions. 
Group Exercise: Classes are FREE to all SRU students an ARC Members.  These classes are designed to improve cardiovascular health and body composition.  Contemporary aquatic, land and spinning classes are conducted by nationally certified instructors throughout the calendar year. 

Informal Recreation: Unstructured recreation at one’s own convenience and leisure are available in each are of the ARC providing opportunities for pickup games of basketball, volleyball, soccer, deck hockey, pickleball or badminton as well as lap swimming, running/walking on the indoor track, fitness workouts or scaling the ROCK wall.

Intramural Sports: Intramural Sports provide a variety of team, individual and dual sports and skill levels of competition throughout the academic year. Participants organize their own teams and compete for the coveted Intramural Championship Mugs and T-Shirts.  In addition, intramural sports participation affords a fine opportunity to develop the essential qualities of leadership, cooperation, self-reliance, and sense of fair play and to form warm friendships that will endure throughout the years. Each and every SRU student is invited to participate in as many activities as he/she desires.

Open Kayak Sessions: Sessions are offered FREE to students throughout the academic year, in the ARC’s Aquatic Center.  The program offers the opportunity to practice essential kayak paddling stokes and maneuvers. No previous experience is necessary to enjoy this opportunity.  Instructors are available for limited instruction.  Campus Recreation provides all equipment.

Outdoor Adventures: This program is designed to provide outdoor recreation services and educational experiences to the Slippery Rock University campus and community. The Outdoor Program trips and clinics offer opportunities to increase outdoor recreation skills, leadership development and environmental awareness.

Russell Wright Fitness Center (RWFC) Programs: A number of fitness programs are offered assist all students in enhancing their exercise programs and improving their fitness levels as well as a more proficient use of fitness center. Included in these offerings are fitness assessments, equipment orientations, personal training, cross training classes, Rock personal training and Wright personal training.

Safety Certifications: American Red Cross Safety Certification programs are offered throughout the year. Class offerings include life guarding, CPR, first aid or Water Safety Instruction (WSI) and challenge opportunities for recertification.

Sport Clubs: These clubs provide opportunities for students with similar interests to participate in various sport and recreational activities. Sport Clubs bridge the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics by providing competition at specialized levels, participation in tournaments and opportunities to practice. New clubs can follow the procedure to become a recognized Slippery Rock University organization registering with the Center for Student Leadership, located in the Smith Student Center.

Campus Recreation Facilities are listed below.  Access to the Aebersold Student Recreation Center (ARC) is available to faculty/staff, alumni and the general public with the purchase an ARC Membership.

Aebersold Student Recreation Center: The ARC is an 82,000 square foot, state of the art recreation facility that includes an aquatic center, 44 foot climbing wall, indoor track, five multipurpose sport courts, Rock Pride Mezzanine (RPM) multipurpose room, Fitness Mezzanine and a vending and TV lounge areas. The ARC’s RWFC is equipped with cardiovascular, free weight and selectorized equipment as well as a fitness lab.

McFarland Recreational Sports Complex: The “MAC” is home to intramural and club sports.  The facility offers two softball fields, four multipurpose sports fields, a rugby field, hockey rink/basketball courts and an exercise pathway.  All components of the MAC are lighted with the exceptions of the Rugby field and hockey rink/basketball courts.  Reservations for field use must be submitted to Campus Recreation at 724.738.4895.

Ski Lodge and Campground: Located a quarter mile north east of the ARC (next to the ROCK Apartments) the Ski Lodge offers a variety of opportunities for students to gather on campus.  Shower and restroom facilities are available inside of the lodge.  The Campground, located adjacent to the Ski Lodge, offers both primitive and electrical campsites.  Ski Lodge and campground reservations can be made by contacting Campus Recreation at 724.738.4895. 



Career Education and Development, Offices of

124 Bailey Library

John Rindy

Associate Director 
John Snyder

Assistant Director
Renee Coyne

Lisa Theodorson 

The Office of Career Education and Development offers services to assist students in planning and pursuing a satisfying career. The services include appointments for selecting a major and career counseling, career interest inventory assessment, on-campus professional interviews, on-campus and off-campus job fairs, job vacancy listings, video mock interviews, administration of several standardized tests including Praxis, MAT, and the GRE Subject tests, and resource information about summer and professional employers, graduate schools, and job search preparation and strategies. Career Education provides a technology-based career resource center that is equipped with Dell computers, HP laser printers and supporting software. FOCUS, a web based vocational guidance program is available to assist students to engage in career assessment and exploration. Students are able to respond to internship and employment opportunities advertised on the internet to access employer information, and to develop quality resumes and cover letters in printed form or for electronic transmission.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact the office for information about summer and/or part-time off-campus employment opportunities. The office web page provides more details about services and staff


Conference Services, Office of


The Office of Conference Services, OCS, oversees summer camps and conferences. Additionally, it handles all the academic building reservations for on campus groups as well as external rentals of academic buildings.

Dining Accommodations


The dining program at Slippery Rock University offers a variety of services throughout the campus for students and their guests. Food service is available somewhere on campus from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight (Sunday through Thursday) and 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday).

Weisenfluh Hall, located across from North Hall parking lot, features The Restaurants at Weisenfluh, developed to offer the campus community and guests an innovative and international dining experience. The four restaurant concepts offer Mexican and Pan-Asian cuisine, signature burgers, fusion wraps, pub food, and healthier fast-food options. A coffee shop features a variety of pastries, specialty coffee drinks and smoothies. Dine in or purchase food to go. The facility provides lounge and table seating, wireless environment, student gathering spaces, and meeting rooms.

Boozel Dining Hall , located on the lower end of campus, provides a variety of menu options in a restaurant-style atmosphere. Food stations with open kitchens offer made-to-order items along with home-style and international entrees, vegetarian and healthy choice options, deli and grille sandwiches, pizza and pasta, soup/salad, and a variety of desserts and beverages. A food intolerance line provides specialty items for those customers with food allergies/intolerances. This all-you-care-to-eat facility also features Boozel Xpress a take-out option located in the lobby, special events, holiday celebrations, and monotony breakers.

Robert M. Smith Student Center, located on lower campus, houses the following food service operations:

  • Starbucks - a full-service store featuring breakfast items, pastries, sandwiches, Starbucks full beverage line and merchandise.
  • Rocky’s  - a food court offering Mexican cuisine, pizza/pasta, wraps, chopped salads, hoagies, and grab-n-go items.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube - featuring their signature wings, burgers and appetizers.

T & B Naturally, a coffee shop located in Bailey Library, features organic and fair-trade products, pastries and grab-n-go items. A walk-up window provides quick service for those students hurrying through the quad.

Flatz at Watson Hall, located in the residential village, offers a variety of to-go food items and beverages.

There are a number of meal plan options available to Slippery Rock University students. Students residing in a university-managed residence hall sign a housing/food service contract. Once signed, these become binding contracts. The only reason for exemption from the meal contract will be suspension or withdrawal from the university. Meal contracts are optional for off-campus/commuter students.


Disability Services

105 University Union

Director, Office of Disability Services
Natalie E. Burick

Suzanne Sandrock

The Office of Disability Services provides accommodations and services to ensure equal access to education as intended by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) for students with disabilities including but not limited to learning, physical, hearing, vision or psychological disabilities. At Slippery Rock University we want all students to achieve academic success, and are interested in making every effort to accommodate and serve students with disabilities. To be eligible for services appropriate documentation must be provided. Documentation may include medical diagnosis, psychological evaluations, etc. Upon acceptance to Slippery Rock, students with disabilities are encouraged to make an appointment with the Director so a personal interview can be scheduled. Also, students wishing to receive accommodations can start by filling out the public request link at:


First Year Studies (FYRST)

First Year Studies exists to support the teaching and learning process. The FYRST Program is designed to ease the transition into college life by providing a coordinated effort of offering academically based support services to students. The area has primarily one goal—to facilitate the student transition from high school or work to the university. Structurally, FYRST is the home of all new freshmen, organized within the Division of Student Success. FYRST is managed out of The Department of Academic Services.

The majority of the university’s academic support services are coordinated and delivered to new students by FYRST. Specifically, FYRST includes spring and summer orientation programming initiatives, first and second year academic advising, advising for exploratory students, learning community clusters, freshman seminar, tutoring, supplemental instruction, developmental math coursework, early-alert retention-based initiatives, academic support services designed especially for first-year academically-challenged students, and support services for students who fall into academic difficulty during their college experience.

FYRST is about creating successful learning experiences for students in and outside the classroom. Progression through FYRST is to be assisted by the faculty advisor, however, it is the student’s responsibility to see that he/she meets all requirements of the degree granting college so that upon completion of the first year of study, the student must attain the minimum number of credits, the specific courses and the minimum GPA required by the major department. Through setting high goals and commitment to meeting those goals, new freshmen are to be able to support their efforts through FYRST and make a successful transition.


Global Engagement, Office for



Lisa Patricelli, Brenda McKissick

Office for Global Engagement

The mission of the Office for Global Engagement is to provide international experiences for Slippery Rock University students and staff to pursue academic and cultural exploration and growth.

International Student Services

In recognition of the unique needs of students who are not US citizens/permanent residents, the Office for Global Engagement coordinates the recruitment, admission and support services for international students such as orientation to the United States and Slippery Rock University; immigration and legal matters (documentation for visas, passport renewal, extensions of stay, travel and reentry, work permits, etc.); support for the Internations Club; course registration; cultural/academic/personal adjustment; and community liaison.

Study Abroad Opportunities

International study programs are available to all Slippery Rock University students varying in length from one week to one year. These offer students the opportunity to explore different educational systems, cultures, and ways of life, as well as to foster personal growth, cultural enrichment and enhanced employment opportunities.

The following are available for semester and academic year study:

Australia (Melbourne): 12-18 credits per semester at Victoria University in liberal studies and most SRU majors.

Belgium (Brussels): 12-18 credits per semester at IHECS or Artevelde University College Ghent in liberal studies and most SRU majors.

China (Nanjing): 12-18 credits per semester at Nanjing University in Chinese language, history, and culture. A minimum of one semester of previous Chinese language study is required.

China (Shanghai) 12-18 credits per semester at Shanghai Studies International University in Chinesse language, history, and culture.  Chinese language study may be required.

England (Bradford): 12-18 credits per semester at Bradford University in liberal studies and most SRU majors.

England (Canterbury): 12-19 credits per semester at Canterbury Christ Church University in liberal studies and a variety of SRU majors

England (London): 12-18 credits per semester at Kingston University or Rehampton University in liberal studies and most SRU majors.

England (Middlesbrough): 12-18 credits per semester at University of Teesside in liberal studies and most SRU majors.

France (Cannes): 12-18 credits per semester at College International de Cannes in French language and culture.

Germany (Bamberg): 12-18 credits per semester at Otto Friedrich University Bamberg, German language study and limited liberal studies options. 

Hungary (Budapest): 12-18 credits per semester at University of Physical Education for physical education.

India (Rajasthan): 12-18 credits per semester at Rajesthan Vidapeeth University in liberal studies an a variety of SRU majors.

Ireland (Dublin): Fall semester student teaching available as a second placement site in the Irish public school system.

Ireland (Limerick): 12-18 credits per semester at University of Limerick in liberal studies and a variety of SRU majors.

Japan (Osaka): 12-18 credits per semester at Kansai Gaidai University in Japanese language, business, social sciences, culture/humanities. A minimum of one semester of previous Japanese language study required.

Japan (Saga): 12-18 credits per semester at Saga University in Japanese language and potentially a variety of other majors.  A minimum of one semester of previous Japanese language study required.

Mexico (Mexico City): Spring semester student teaching is available as a second placement site at the American School Foundation.

Mexico (Mexico City): 12-18 credits per semester at Universidad Iberoamericana in Spanish language and culture.  Classes are also available in English, in a variety of other majors.

New Zealand (Invercargill): 12-18 credits per semester at Southern Institute of Technology in liberal studies and a variety of SRU majors

Poland (Poznan): 12-18 credits per semester at University of Arts for Art majors/minors.

Scotland (Edinburgh): 12-18 credits per semester at Queen Margaret University in liberal studies and a variety of SRU majors.

Slovakia (Bratislava): 12-18 credits per semester at Comenius University in liberal studies and a variety of SRU majors.

Slovakia (Bratislava): 12-18 credits per semester at Academy of Fine Arts and Design for Art majors/minors.

South Korea (Kangwon): 12-18 credits per semester at Kangwon National University in Korean language and culture. A minimum of one semester of previous Korean language study is preferred.

Spain (Madrid): 12-18 credits per semester at University of Alcala de Henares in Spanish language and culture.

Sweden (Kristianstad): 12-18 credits per semester at Kristianstad University in liberal studies and most SRU majors.

Wales (Aberystwyth): 12-18 credits per semester at Aberystywth University in liberal studies and most SRU majors.

Summer programs are offered by Slippery Rock University professors in international locations that vary each year, ranging from one to three weeks in length.  Three to six credits can be earned, recent classes have met in Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Spain.

January and spring break seminars offer a 7-10 day international trip in conjunction with coursework during the regular spring semester or over winter break. Locations and faculty leaders vary per year.

Additional opportunities for summer or semester study may also be available via third party program providers.

Financial aid may be applied to most study abroad; further details available from the SRU Financial Aid Office. Travel stipends are also available to SRU students to subsidize travel costs.

Additional services through the office include passport applications, International Student I.D. cards, travel arrangements, etc.


Health Services


The McLachlan Student Health Center is located along Campus Drive in Rhoads Hall.  Student Health Services supports the university’s mission of enhancing the educational process by providing quality health care and promoting an optimal level of health and wellness among the student body. A cost-effective, comprehensive, and holistic approach to health care is provided in an accredited, confidential setting. Health care is provided by certified registered nurse practitioners in collaboration with a licensed physician. The health center is staffed by registered nurses, 7 days/week, 24 hours/day during the academic year (except scheduled break periods). Van transportation is provided as available.

The facility includes an outpatient clinic, nurse observation area, a health promotion department with educational resources, and a self-care center. The student health fee covers routine care, which may include flu vaccine, nurse observation area, educational materials, and the self-care center.  The student is responsible for all additional medical expenses that may be required, such as lab tests, x-rays, referral to specialists or dentists, hospitalization and medications. Specific questions can be addressed by calling 724-738-2052.

Medical Visit Verification

Student Health Services (SHS) will issue a Medical Visit Verification form to students who request written documentation of SHS utilization. The verification form is designed to provide the date, time and duration of treatment. It is the student’s responsibility to forward the Medical Visit Verification form to their professor/employer.

Absence policies are determined by the individual professors. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of these and do their part to meet the class requirements. Student Health Services does not have the authority to excuse students from class attendance.

Health Insurance

All students are encouraged to be covered by health and accident insurance. While it is not mandatory to carry insurance, it is advisable. (Note: International students are required to carry health insurance and must make acceptable arrangements with the Office for Global Engagement.  Athletes must meet insurance requirements as defined by the Athletic Office.)

Students may already have benefits through their family plan, an independent source, or elect to purchase student health insurance.  Information about insurance options is available by visiting:

Insurance information should be included on the Health forms and submitted to Student Health Services as part of the student’s record using the secure website


HOPE Peer Education Program (Healthy Outreach through Peer Education)

The HOPE program is one health promotion method used by Student Health Services to educate the student body on issues related to their wellness and personal development.  The HOPE Peer Educators are trained to provide educational programs for fellow students on issues such as underage and dangerous drinking, safer sex, stress management/resiliency, nutrition, bystander intervention, general wellness and more. Students interested in scheduling a program or in becoming a peer educator should contact the Health Educator at 724-738-2251.

Protection Connection

Developed in 1998 in response to student suggestions, the Protection Connection offers a variety of safer sex supplies to the student population. The purpose of this service is to encourage safer sex practice among students who choose to have sex.  Condoms are the only method that provides students who choose to have sex a way to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted infections. Supplies are available to students at reduced cost. The Protection Connection is staffed by HOPE Peer Educators, trained students who are knowledgeable about sexually transmitted infections and risk reduction. The Protection Connection is located in the Student Health Center. Hours and supplies vary. Students who have questions or are interested in purchasing safer sex supplies can contact the Protection Connection at 724-738-4888.


Based upon the needs and students’ desire to receive more information on stress reduction, Student Health Services is offering more services to support students’ emotional well-being. One of those new programs is Boost!  Boost is focused on the emotional and social wellness dimensions. This is a great way for students to connect with other students on campus and learn about campus resources.  Students who participate in the program will be matched with a trained Boost Peer Coach.  The participant will have the opportunity to meet weekly one-on-one with the Boost Peer Coach. Each session is unique to the participants needs and goals.  Boost will offer problem solving assistance, offer decision making assistance and provide non-judgmental support.  Boost will not provide formal therapy or clinical treatment and does not replace professional support.  Boost is a free program open to all students.  The reasons to sign-up for Boost vary, but examples include enhance or maintain personal wellness, manage time more efficiently, get connected or involved on campus and manage or reduce stress. For more information about Boost, please contact the Coordinator of Health Promotion at 724.738.4206.

Honors College

Office: 336 Patterson Hall
Phone: 724-738-4003



Dr. Jason Hilton

Rachelle Drake

Slippery Rock University’s Honors Program is designed to enrich the university experience by fostering a student-centered learning environment and helping each student to develop his or her individual potential as a life-long learner. Honors courses emphasize reading, writing, and research through discussion-based classes that enable students to explore subjects in greater depth. Students also enhance their education through service-learning opportunities. The Honors Program provides each student opportunities to take full advantage of their time spent at Slippery Rock University through a variety of extra-curricular and travel opportunities.

All honors courses fulfill liberal studies requirements, which means that participation in the program will not extend a student’s stay at Slippery Rock University. To graduate with honors designation, students must complete a minimum of seven honors courses (21 credits) while maintaining an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher (3.4 or higher for Honors scholarship recipients). Students can select from a variety of specially-designed courses in the following departments: Communication, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology.

On occasion, Great Books honors courses are offered. These courses are geared toward in-depth study in a specialized area, and typically involve international travel. Content in these seminars varies and has included Ancient Greek Culture (Greece), The Holocaust (Germany), Latin American History (Panama), Galileo (Florence), and Irish Playwrights (Ireland).

Students may also fulfill Honors requirements through a variety of activities in place of Honors courses: research projects, conference presentations, publications, dual majors and minors, study abroad, and the Compass leadership program.

Honors students enjoy a number of benefits, both in and out of the classroom. These include: smaller honors courses, capped at an enrollment of 25 students per class; early registration privileges; learning experiences through regional, national, and international travel. Every fall, Honors Program students have the opportunity to participate in the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference, held in cities such as Denver, New Orleans, Boston, Phoenix, and San Antonio. In addition, courses are offered each spring and summer that provide opportunities for travel abroad. In the past, students have travelled to London, Germany, Turkey, South Africa, Greece, South Africa, Mexico, and Cuba.

The program is open to qualified students in all majors. Interested students need to submit a separate application to the Honors Program. The application requires a two-page essay about their interest in the program and a résumé of extracurricular activities and can be completed online. Interested students should call 724-738-4003, e-mail, or visit the website,


Housing and Residence Life


The philosophy of university residence halls at Slippery Rock University is educational and intended for student development that maintains that residence halls are not merely places to eat and sleep, but rather, communities in which students grow and develop. This development occurs in out-of-class learning experiences through participation in various activities assisting development at a personal, social and academic level. To achieve these objectives, the Residence Life staff offer opportunities to meet a wide variety of needs. Full-time professional staff members known as Assistant Directors of Residence Life supervise the on-campus residence halls. These Assistant Directors have a master’s degree in college student personnel, counseling or related field. Additionally, each residence hall is staffed by a live-in Graduate Resident Director. These students, who are enrolled in graduate programs including Student Affairs in Higher Education, or other related program at SRU, reside in the residence hall and assist with the supervision of the Community Assistant staff. These Graduate Resident Directors are available to handle emergency situations because of their hall residency. Each residence hall floor section has a Community Assistant available to provide educational and social programs to assist in the operation of the facility, offer support for the residents, and be available for emergency purposes. These staff members are full time students who have been selected for their skills and ability to be academic and personal role models.

There are eight university-managed residence halls and one apartment complex, housing approximately 2,800 men and women. Six of the eight residence halls offer suite style housing with a variety of room styles. Each of the residential suite units provide in room bathroom facilities for the residents of that unit. The remaining two halls are traditional style with double and triple rooms and communal restroom facilities. All SRU residence hall and apartments are air-conditioned.

Residence hall rooms and apartments are furnished with beds, chairs, desks, and window covers (shades). The beds are supplied with a mattress only. Students furnish their own blankets, pillows, towels, bedspreads, dresser covers, pillowcases, and sheets. Students may bring their own drapes and other accessories to personalize their living environment. Self-service laundries are available in each apartment building and residence hall. Lounges and recreation areas are available in each hall. A refrigerator and microwave are provided in each of the residential suite style units. Common kitchens equipped with microwaves and oven is available in each of the residence halls for students to cook snacks.

Residence Life is responsible for housing students who select to live in a university-owned residence hall. All freshmen, except those who live with their parents or legal guardians within a reasonable commuting distance, are required to live on campus. While the University provides housing for non-traditional students, freshmen over the age of 21 may request permission to live off campus. All such requests must be sent in writing to the Office of Residence Life. The Housing Appeals Committee will review all requests. During the month of January, current students submit housing agreements for the following year. These materials are provided to all residence hall students

Slippery Rock University has a diverse student population living in university residences. Therefore, in compliance with the Pennsylvania Fair Education Practice Act, all residence assignments are made without regard to race, religion, color or national origin. Having accepted the Act, the university believes that a cross section of cultures provides a pluralistic community environment and exceptional opportunities for student development.

The Office of Residence Life provides sixteen living learning communities for residence hall students. These communities offer an opportunity for students to apply to live with other students who share similar interests and majors. Information regarding the living learning communities is provided along with housing agreement materials.

Students who reside in university-owned residence halls must contract to eat in the university dining facilities. No extensive cooking is permitted in the residence halls.

For Graduate students who wish to live on campus, we offer traditional halls and residential suites. In addition, we do hold 20 beds in our ROCK Apartment area specifically for graduate students. The ROCK Apartment has a full kitchen, shared bathroom area and 4 single bedrooms. The apartments are fully furnished and do not require students to have a meal plan.

Campus residence halls will be closed to all students during university vacation periods and also between summer sessions and semesters. All students will be expected to leave the residence halls no later than 24 hours after their last examination. A designated residence hall will be open for summer sessions. Break housing is made available for an extra per night fee for those who sign up during certain break periods (such as Thanksgiving and Spring Break).

Students must vacate their rooms within 12 hours of withdrawal from the university, unless written permission is received to remain for a longer time period.


Housing, Off-Campus

Off-campus housing is available in privately owned apartment complexes, rooming houses and homes. The University does not inspect or approve off-campus housing. Housing within the borough of Slippery Rock must comply with the housing code for property maintenance of the borough, which sets legal standards for safety (sanitation, freedom of hazards, etc.) and livability (water, ventilation, heat, etc.). Housing in the township does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Slippery Rock Borough zoning laws, but it must meet minimal health standards as determined by Butler County.

In addition to this housing, a number of rooms and apartments are available in the community. Off-campus housing lists are available via Students who live off campus may contract to eat in the university dining facilities.

ID Cards


The SRU Rock ID card is your official Slippery Rock University photo identification card and more! It offers you a convenient, easy, and safe way to make purchases and utilize campus services. The SRU One Card is your meal card; library card and activity card all rolled into one. For those students living in a residence hall, it provides access to your building.  The ID card is also used as identification for cashing checks at the SGA Bookstore or in town and to withdraw materials from the library.  The ID Card Office is located in the University Union along with the Parking Office.

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The Office for Inclusive Excellence (OIE) creates opportunities for all students to excel at Slippery Rock University and beyond. Grounded in the Social Change Model (Higher Education Research Institute, 1996) the office offers programs and opportunities designed to create productive campus citizens who can effectively work with others and bring about positive social change.

OIE provides mentoring and coaching designed to offer academic and social support, build individual capacity and self-efficacy, and connect students to the University community; creates opportunities for all students to explore and celebrate cultures and identities in a safe and supportive atmosphere; and gives voice to the needs of students while teaching them to be positive advocates for change.

The Office for Inclusive Excellence is established in an understanding of diversity that welcomes people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, spiritual traditions, socio-economic classes, and sexual orientations. Our goal is to practice inclusive excellence so that it is implemented and accomplished consistently throughout the institution.



Bailey Library supports the mission of Slippery Rock University by developing collections and services that make the Library integral to the learning process, both within and beyond the classroom. The University has committed to an ongoing, multi-phased, renovation of Bailey Library to enhance the facility and better serve the needs of the 21st century academic student.

To succeed in its mission the library and its dedicated faculty and staff provide:

  • A full range of resources and services supporting classroom instruction and distance education;
  • Personal Librarians who offer individualized research assistance, maintain subject collections in areas of expertise, contribute specialized online resource guides, provide collaborative classroom instruction for courses in every major at the University, and assist with reference inquiries in the Research Services area and one-on-one in their offices;
  • Holdings which include print and electronic books, government documents, print and electronic journals, newspapers, DVDs, audio books, archival records and special collections;
  • Recently updated formal and informal group and individual learning spaces for scholarly work and recreational reading;
  • Interlibrary loan and document delivery services providing quick access to content that is not directly available through the Library’s own collections and databases;
  • Over 300 public access computers, including over 100 laptops that can be checked out for use anywhere in the building on the library’s wireless network;
  • The Technology Learning Center (TLC) offering students peer-to-peer assistance with technology issues encountered while completing assignments or while creating content in various software applications;
  • A newly-renovated Instructional Materials Center (IMC) providing Education students with textbooks and audiovisual materials needed to teach in elementary or secondary school classrooms, as well as films and audio recordings for all members of the University community;
  • A newly-renovated University Archives, containing collections and records of enduring research and historical value created by the University community;
  • A newly-renovated Special Collections Room, providing students with hands-on access to rare books and collections related to Pennsylvania history, Japan, local authors, and much more;
  • Electronic resources accessible from anywhere on the University network and from off-campus with appropriate network authentication;
  • T&B Naturally, a popular café that offers organic pastries, smoothies, specialty coffee drinks, juices, bagel sandwiches, and other snacks items.


The library’s collection is constantly evolving to stay current with the academic demands of the 21st century library. More information is available at

Library hours of operation are posted on the Bailey Library homepage.   For additional information contact the library at 724-738-2058.

Bailey Library Faculty provide university faculty and students with research and references services for all courses and subjects in the Academic Catalog. Information on how to contact them may be found on the library website, or via Bailey Library’s Ask A Librarian portal:


Musical Organizations


In conjunction with the regularly scheduled student and faculty recitals, the university maintains the following well-developed musical organizations, which contribute to the wealth of fine music on the campus:

University Choir. This large choral ensemble consists of 50 to 70 men and women, chosen by audition, study who study and perform the great choral literature from the Renaissance to the present. Concerts are presented on campus and on tours.

Chamber Singers. This is an auditioned, small ensemble of well-blended voices selected and trained for the performance of madrigals and other chamber vocal music.

Marching Pride. The band performs during the half time at football games, both home and away, and for other special events and throughout the region. Much of its music is arranged specifically for the group. The Marching Pride holds auditions for music majors and non-majors to be placed in this corps-style marching ensemble. The group meets only in the Fall semester.

Concert Band. This group consists of music majors and non-majors interested in band literature. The Concert Band members are carefully selected to provide a balanced instrumentation. Concerts are given by this group on campus and on tour. This group meets only in the Spring semester.

Jazz Ensemble. The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble rehearses jazz literature from all eras of jazz history including big band, be-bop, hard-bop, fusion and contemporary. This ensemble often performs with guest artists of national and international stature, both on and off campus. Membership in this ensemble requires an audition.

Jazz Lab Band. The Jazz Lab Band preforms jazz literature from all eras of jazz history including big band, be-bop, hard-bop, fusion and contemporary. This ensemble performs at least one concert per semester, but it is focused primarily on reading music during rehearsals. Membership in this ensemble requires an audition.

Jazz Combos. The combos rehearse and perform small-group jazz literature from all eras of jazz history, and often include original student compositions. These groups perform at least one formal concert per semester, but also play for community events and festivals, and tour through the region. Membership in these combos requires an audition which includes improvisation.

Orchestra. The Orchestra is a symphonic-sized ensemble comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. All string players are eligible. Woodwind, brass and percussion players are to consult with the director prior to registering, and all musicians are subject to an audition for placement and/or entrance into the group.

Chamber String Ensemble. The selected members of the Chamber String Ensemble study and perform chamber music written for strings. All string players are eligible for participation in this group.

Brass Ensemble. The Brass Ensemble studies and performs music for brass from all historic periods. Members are selected after auditions. This group performs several concerts throughout the year and tours and records periodically.

Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble is a small, selected group of music students who study and perform music for winds and percussion. This group is selected through auditions. The Wind Ensemble records, tours, and present concerts regularly.

Percussion Ensemble. The Persussion Ensemble is a group of percussion majors and non-music majors who study and perform music written for percussion ensembles of all sizes and instrumentations. This group is selected through auditions. The Percussion Ensemble tours, and presents several concerts throughout the year.

SRU Panorama. The SRU Panorama (Steel Drum Band) is a small ensemble dedicated to performing the music native to the island of Trinidad on their traditional steel pans. The Panorama also performs original compositions and arrangements of music from nearly every genre and era. The group is made of music majors and non-majors and is open to anyone interested in the genre. No previous pan experience is required, but knowledge of music reading is recommended.

Opera. THe Department of Music voice program stages at least one full opera every other years in the Spring semester. An audition is requiredm The group is made up of male and female voice majors from all voice ranges.

Chamber Ensembles. Small ensembles of various instrumentations are offered every semester in the Department of Music. The ensemble sizes and instrumentations vary year to year and are usually auditioned. These groups perform at least one concert on campus each semester.

Saxophone Quartets and Ensemble. The Saxophone Ensemble is a selected group of saxophone majors and non-majors who study and perform music written or arranged specifically for the full range of saxophones. The Saxophone Quartets are similar, but consist of only four saxophones. These groups are selected through auditions. The groups perform concerts regularly on campus and in the community.

Preschool Child Care Center


The SRU/SGA Preschool and Child Care Center is a state licensed, nationally accredited non-profit program managed by the Student Government Association, Inc. of Slippery Rock University.  Services are available for children age three to five of students, faculty, staff, and members of the Slippery Rock community.  Children through age 12 are welcome for before and after-school care and for summer programs.

The Center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and Department of Education and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  It is a Keystone Stars STAR 4 rated site.  The Center is the recipient of the PA Pre-K Counts and Federal CCAMPIS grants which provide free or reduced preschool to children based on financial need.  The CCAMPIS grant is only available to the children of University enrolled students.  In 2016, the Center was approved as a child care provider for both the Child Care Aware and GSA Subsidy military fee assistance programs.  The Center employs one Master’s level Director, three Master’s level Head Teachers, three Graduate Assistants, and several undergraduate students majoring in education.  

The Center is located at 007 McKay Education Building, and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Service is provided year round.  To contact, please call 724-738-2102.


SLAB, formerly Ginger Hill, is one of the oldest and distinguished college literary magazines in the country, but it’s most notable for being one of the few literary magazines that is entirely edited and run by undergraduate students. Students gain experience producing a high quality magazine, by soliciting contributions of fiction, poetry, art and photography; selecting and editing works for publication; and helping develop the layout, design and typography for printing. Issued annually, SLAB is funded by the Student Government Association.

The Rocket is an independent, student-run newspaper serving Slippery Rock University. Students produce digital content every week and print editions are published monthly during the academic year. The Rocket produces award-winning content covering the campus community and beyond, and it serves as an outlet for student opinion through the editorial and letter-to-the-editor features. The Rocket provides an excellent experience for students whose career goals are in the areas of journalism, advertising, layout, design and general newspaper management.


Radio and Television

WSRU RADIO - 88.1 FM is a university radio station, which is a student-operated, network serving the campus community. Its format consists of popular contemporary artists, rock and roll, progressive rock, music and concert news, special features and local, national, and international news and sports. WSRU operates at 100 watts serving the Slippery Rock area throughout the academic year and broadcasts from 8 a.m. to midnight when classes are in session.

Television Production Studio - The all-digital Television Studio, a three-camera color facility, was recently relocated to 101 Vincent Science Hall. The newly remodeled facility has a control room, audio production, and the broadcast announcing classes use the facility as a component of the broadcast journalism curriculum. The offices of the student production organization, WSRU-TV, are also located at the facility. This student organization produces news and interview programs for distribution on the campus cable network.


Robert M. Smith Student Center


The mission of the Robert M. Smith Student Center is to serve as a gathering place for the campus community. The services, programs, activities, and opportunities that the Student Center provides are designed to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and visitors and foster a sense of community and campus loyalty. Through their involvement with the Student Center, students develop skills in leadership, citizenship, diversity awareness, and professionalism.  In addition to various lounges and meeting spaces, the following offices and services are located in the Robert M. Smith Student Center: Student Center Operations, Dining Services, Conference Services, PNC Bank, Electronic Technology Center, Starbucks, SGA Bookstore, Rocky’s Food Court, Quaker Steak & Lube, and the Student Development Suite including Student Engagement & Leadership, Inclusive Excellence, Women’s Center, Student Success, Cooperative Activities, Student Government Association, University Program Board, Pride Center, Veteran’s Lounge and other student organization offices. For additional information, stop by the Student Center Information Desk or call 724-738-4926.


Student Conduct


Slippery Rock University is an academic community in which there is mutual respect and trust of the persons who learn, teach, and work within it. Students of Slippery Rock University are entitled to certain rights and privileges which must be protected through fair and orderly processes and which are best safeguarded when each student acts responsibly. All students of the university community are equally entitled to the protection of the code of conduct. Students are expected to be familiar with the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct which is available at

Student Counseling Center

118 Rhoads Hall

Student Counseling Center

In line with the Slippery Rock University diversity statement, the SRU Student Counseling Center aims to provide counseling services inclusively to a diverse range of students.  Diversity is defined broadly to include all students that may require counseling services.  Faculty and trainees are committed to all students including those from underrepresented groups and seek professional development that enhances their training to work with all student populations.

In order to enhance the lives of individuals in our diverse communities, the Department of Counseling & Development prepares competent, reflective and ethical helping professionals and provides responsive and effective counseling and development services through the University Counseling Center.

The Counseling Center service aims to:

  • Provide counseling to students through developmental processes, social adjustment, academic preparedness and psychological challenges and opportunities they face during their decisive college years.
  • Maintain a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment for all students.
  • Provide short-term counseling, implement programming on issues relevant to students to enhance their personal growth, assist during crisis situations, and serves as a resource for referral to both on-campus and community support services.
  • Promote wellness through direct service, programming, training, and consultation to the Slippery Rock University community.

Counseling is a collaborative learning experience between the counselor and the student. Counseling encourages the student to utilize the processes of self-exploration and problem solving to identify their strengths and challenges and set realistic goals. Through the process of counseling students may increase their knowledge and understanding of themselves, their relationships with others and their environment. Psychologists, professional counselors, a Psychiatrist, a professional addictions counselor and interns are available to meet with students in the Student Counseling Center, located in Rhoads Hall. When students require mental health services that are beyond the scope and practice of the Student Counseling Center, appropriate referrals to off-campus and community resources will be made. All services are free to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. All information is confidential.


Office For Student Engagement & Leadership


The Office for Student Engagement and Leadership, located in the Student Center, serves as the premier outlet for students to learn about and explore opportunities to connect with peers and engage in co-curricular and leadership experiences at SRU. Their mission is to enhance the overall educational experience, through co-curricular programs, services, and involvement opportunities that transform the intellectual, social, physical, and leadership capacities of students. The Office oversees the following involvement areas: student organizations, fraternity and sorority life, leadership programs, First-Year Leader Scholar Program (FLSP), Student Government Association (SGA), University Program Board (UPB), Homecoming, and CORE, the University’s online student engagement platform. To learn more about the various involvement areas and what’s happening on campus, log into CORE at, using your SRU username and password. For more information regarding the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership contact 724-738-2092 or


CORE is the University’s online student engagement platform, and the ultimate way to Connect, Organize, Reflect, and Engage in leadership and involvement opportunities at SRU. Students can explore hundreds of ways to get involved at SRU. Students can learn about student organizations, find volunteer experiences, and discover leadership opportunities. They can also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings on campus through the Events Calendar and personal new feed. CORE also provides features for students to organize and manage their own involvement through a co-curricular transcript. Log into CORE at, using your SRU username and password or contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at 724-738-2092 or for more information.


The First Year Leader Scholar Program (FLSP) is an opportunity for first year students to jump start their involvement by providing a series of workshops, and experiences that improve the participants’ leadership skills and increase their visibility as emerging student-leaders on campus. Students in FLSP will meet with 20-25 other first-year students in weekly cohort meetings facilitated by FLSP Peer Mentors. The Peer Mentors are undergraduate students at SRU who have previously graduated from FLSP and are now pursuing the next level of leadership to develop future leaders on campus. Activities are structured to be interesting and fun. Applications are accepted from first-year students each September. Successful applicants begin the program in October and continue with program activities through April of their first academic year. To learn more about FLSP, log into CORE at, using your SRU username and password or contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at 724-738-2092 or


Slippery Rock University’s national fraternities and sororities provide opportunities for personal and professional development, civic engagement, networking, leadership development, and academic enhancement. The Fraternity and Sorority Community at Slippery Rock University has played an active role on the campus since 1961, and continue provide numerous opportunities that enhance the SRU experience.

To learn more about the currently recognized fraternities and sororities listed below, log into CORE at, using your SRU username and password or contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at 724-738-2092 or

North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Fraternities

  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Xi

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Sororities

  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Delta Zeta
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Phi Sigma Sigma

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Fraternities and Sororities

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.



Slippery Rock University Homecoming is one of the oldest campus traditions and is a celebration of the University community, including students, alumni, family, and friends. The student Homecoming experience is led by a steering committee of undergraduate students who are responsible for coordinating and implementing a week-long series of events and activities. Festivities include Spirit Board and Window Painting competitions, Homecoming King and Queen, Pep Rally, Fireworks, Parade, Tailgate Festival, Football Game, and more!

To learn more about all that Homecoming has to offer or how to get involved with the Homecoming Steering Committee, contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at 724-738-2092 or or log into CORE at, using your SRU username and password.


The main goal of the SGA is to advocate for, represent, and support the students of Slippery Rock University to enhance the student experience. All students, by virtue of their undergraduate registration and payment of fees, are members of the Student Government Association (SGA).

The Student Senate is the central representative and legislative organization of SGA. The Student Senate recommends to the university the recognition of student organizations, allocation of the General Service (Activities) Fee money, and carries out other responsibilities as included in the SGA constitution. The SGA Senate is the main link between the student body and University Administration. All Senate meetings are open to the public. 

To learn more about the SGA visit or log into CORE at, using your SRU username and password.


SRU offers over 200 recognized student organizations empowering students to explore a wide variety of involvement opportunities revolving around advocacy, governance, media, marketing culture, religion, service, arts, sports, and more. Student organizations serve to enhance your education and offer a forum for leadership development, critical reflection, and civic engagement. Students who are involved in a student organization enhance their experience by meeting new people, developing leadership skills, pursuing their passions, gaining valuable knowledge, and contributing to the Slippery Rock University community and beyond. To learn more about the various organizations available at SRU, log into CORE at, using your SRU username and password or contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at 724-738-2092 or


The University Program Board (UPB) is a student-run organization that brings a variety of entertainment and educational programs to campus. It is the major source for campus events and activities. UPB consists of five specialized committees and an executive position, all occupied by students, who provide variety of entertainment programming for the campus community. The five committees are: Concerts and Comedians, University Events, Special Events, Speakers, and Marketing. Most events are free of charge for SRU students. All students are encouraged to become a part of this exciting organization and help create campus entertainment. To learn more about the UPB visit, or log into CORE at, using your SRU username and password.



Slippery Rock University offers a number of academic and professional honor societies that recognize students who excel academically or in their leadership within specific disciplines. To learn more about the currently recognized honors societies listed below, log into CORE at, using your SRU username and password or contact the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership at 724-738-2092 or

Anthropology/Sociology Honorary is an academic group for students with an emphasis/minor in sociology or anthropology that promotes excellence and engagement in social/intellectual activities.

Beta Beta Beta is an honorary for students interested in the biological sciences. The purpose of the organization is to promote scholarship in the biological sciences, to further the dissemination of biological knowledge, and to encourage research. Tri Beta provides service and learning opportunities outside of the classroom for students to further their learning in the field of biology.

Kappa Delta Pi fosters excellence in education and promotes fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The organization recognizes education majors who are either in or entering into their sophomore year at SRU. 

Lambda Sigma honors sophomore students who have enriched campus life. The honorary is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. Active members are chosen according to an election system approved by the national board and are initiated in the spring.

Mu Phi Epsilon is an international, professional music fraternity whose purpose is scholarship, musicianship and the promotion of friendship. The fraternity is open to music majors who have a minimum GPA of 2.500 with a minimum GPA of 3.000 in music subjects. Members serve the department by ushering, sponsoring concerts, and participating in community outreach programs.

National Honor Society for Dance Arts a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance.

Order of Omega recognizes fraternity and sorority members who have attained a high standard of leadership and academic achievement. It strives for excellence by bringing together the most representative fraternity and sorority members with faculty, staff and alumni of the institution.

Phi Alpha Theta is dedicated to promotion of research, instruction, publication, and exchange of experiences among historians. Students maintaining high academic standards in history and general studies are eligible to become members. The RHO IOTA Slippery Rock Chapter has been selected best chapter in Division III for 1989-90 and 1990-91 school years.

Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, extended an invitation of membership to Slippery Rock University following a yearlong evaluation. SRU initiated a chapter in the fall of 2004. Founded in 1897, the Phi Kappa Phi society stresses academic excellence and strength of character. Membership in the society is by invitation. Invitations are extended to the top 7.5% of juniors and the top 10% of seniors, as well as outstanding members of the university’s faculty, staff and administration.

Phi Sigma Pi is a national, coeducational honor society for all majors. Slippery rock University’s Mu chapter was established in 1930, on the three ideals of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. With this tripod the society strives to make all three ideals dynamic in the lives of its members. Consideration for membership requires the maintenance of a 3.000 GPA, and completion of twelve credits.

Pi Sigma Alpha is an upper division, specialized honor society for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in programs of political science. Students must have completed half of the credits required towards their baccalaureate degree and hold a GPA in the top-third of their academic class.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon recognizes scholarship and professionalism in the Earth Sciences. It has for its objectives the scholastic, scientific, and professional advancement of its members and the extension of relations of friendship. Eligible students have completed at least 10 semester hours or 15 quarter hours in Earth Science courses and has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Sigma Tau Delta is an International English Honor Society, recognizing high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Candidates for membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English, a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters.


Theatre Productions


The Department of Theatre sponsors an active co-curricular program, and encourages students from across the university community to participate in productions. Each year, it presents a season of faculty-directed productions: a balance of Broadway hits, new plays, and classics of the world theatre. An additional lab theatre space allows students to direct and produce their own work as well.

Participation in the program is open to any interested student and is not confined to theatre majors.  Auditions for productions are held throughout the academic year.