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Southern Ohio's Dream Machine, is known by what our students become

Shawnee State the regional state university of Southern Ohio - is the university of opportunity, preparing students for the changing needs of business, industry, education, and society. To enrich the lives of the community, Shawnee State University provides continuing personal and professional development, intellectual discovery, and appreciation for the creative and performing arts.

SSU offers more than 80 bachelors and associate degree programs in areas such as arts and humanities, mathematical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, teacher education, business administration, industrial and engineering technologies, and health sciences. These are offered at the lowest tuition rate among Ohio public universities and reduced in-district rates to eligible students in Kentucky and West Virginia.

The SSU Graduate Center works with other institutions in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Michigan to bring graduate educational opportunities to the residents of south-central Ohio. The university now offers four graduate programs on campus; and eight additional programs are set to begin or are in the works.

The only public university in Ohio located on the banks of a river, SSU sports a beautifully-landscaped 52-acre campus. The 21 buildings include the Advanced Technology Center, which houses one of only 50 Digistar II planetariums in the world; the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts with a 1,139 seat Main Theater, that hosts broadway musicals and many other concerts and programs; and the Children's Learning Center, a facility that serves as a learning center for the children of students, faculty, staff, community members, and a lab school for teacher education students at SSU. Other buildings include a three-story library featuring computers, Internet access, and thousands of books, videocassettes, CDs, government documents, and periodicals; and the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center that features weight rooms, racquetball courts, gymnasium, a dance classroom, and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool.

University Outreach serves as SSU's gateway to the region by bringing courses, professional development, and educational enrichment programming to neighboring counties, companies and area schools. University Outreach Services provides programs to area youth through Career Camps, Academic and Science Competitions, Summer Honors Institute for Gifted and Talented Students, Tech Prep, and School-to-Work programs. It is a resource for area employers seeking training programs customized for the needs of their employees including information technology, supervision, leadership, and industrial safety. During the past year, the Grants Management effort secured more than $7 million in funding for Shawnee State University and the southern Ohio region.

Engaged in relationships with universities in Germany, China, and Spain, Shawnee State University attracts a growing number of international students while SSU students themselves have the opportunity to travel and study abroad thanks to the Hodgden Travel Fund and the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA).

Shawnee State University has a rich tradition of success in athletics. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, SSU has participated in 11 National Championships in four of 11 sponsored sports. The SSU women's basketball team won the NAIA Division II National Championship in 1999 and returned to the Sweet 16 in 2000. A member of the American Mideast Conference since 1991, formerly the Mid-Ohio Conference, the Bears have garnered 14 championships in four sports.

Students come to SSU for many reasons including a low student/teacher ratio, more than $1.5 million in scholarships, and proven programs that ensure success in the classroom and in finding jobs.

Shawnee State University is southern Ohio's Dream Machine-where student dreams become careers.

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