Shawnee State University

Portsmouth, OH 45662
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Shawnee State University is one of the thirty-six public 4-year colleges in Ohio. The campus is located in Portsmouth town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 3,582 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 717 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 488 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 68%). Every year 29% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Shawnee State University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $6,251, and fees were $1,188. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $12,059 and $1,188 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleFringe Town
Number of Students3,582
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate68%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 12 40
Bachelor's degree 5 14
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 82%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1975 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
10/01/2001 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
10/01/2001 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1018 to 1235
ACT18 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Recommended
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$308/credit
In State Students$308/credit
Out of State Students$549/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$535/credit
In State Students$535/credit
Out of State Students$1,246/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $13,860 $13,860 $24,705
ADN 70 $21,560 $21,560 $38,430
BSN 125 $38,500 $38,500 $68,625
FNP 50 $26,750 $26,750 $62,300
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of Shawnee State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 54% $4,257
Other Federal Grant 8% $556
State Grant & Scholarships 40% $1,425
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 42% $3,018
Federal Student Loans 69% $5,171
Private Loans 6% $10,022


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$13,038
$30,001 to $48,000$13,907
$48,001 to $75,000$17,254
$75,001 to $110,000$18,969
Over $110,000$19,034

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Ohio state board of nursing.
Shawnee State University
940 Second St
Portsmouth, OH 45662

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