Undergraduate Students

Ship is ready for on-campus and in-person learning, campus life activities, and personal and academic support. Details regarding Fall 2021 will be updated beginning in May.
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How to Prepare

    • Students will complete COVID-19 training and commit to follow university and public health guidelines.
    • Students will learn and actively support the health and well-being policies and protocols to mitigate risk to our campus and the Shippensburg community.
    • All students will receive a Welcome Packet with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as COVID-19 campus policies and expectations.
    • Students will acknowledge the public health risks of COVID-19 and pledge to abide by public health and safety guidelines.

Residential Life & Dining


  • Students living in the Residence Halls will be expected to get a COVID test and quarantine on campus upon arrival.
  • Students will respect social distancing parameters; this includes restricting large gatherings.
  • All dining facilities will have health and safety modifications.
  • Students will be provided a number of dining options, including traditional dining,  grab-n-go, and takeout.
  • Downtown Shippensburg will continue to provide an eclectic variety of American and international food and meal options.

Academic Experience


In-Person Courses

    • In-person courses are designed with safety and well-being in mind.
    • Classroom settings are modified to support appropriate social distancing measures.
    • Non-traditional classroom settings will be used for larger classes.

    • Labs, performance, and studio courses will be prioritized for in-person learning.
    • Professors and instructors will offer a mix of in-person and remote office hours.

Activities & Events

  • Most campus life resources and services are available with health and safety modifications.
  • There will be virtual programming options for all students. Small kits and programs will be provided to on-campus students.
  • In-person activities and events will be held during face-to-face instruction. 
  • Capacity limitations may be required to abide by CDC, PDE, and State System requirements.
  • The Ceddia Union Building (CUB) will offer limited hours from 1-6 p.m. daily for the Red Zone and Game Zone.
  • Campus life activities will include a unique compliment of virtual events, e-sports, and outdoor activities, and will adjust based on health and safety conditions, including in-person and remote activities and programming.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols will be in place.

Health & Well-being

  • Etter Health Center will operate with an enhanced schedule. 
  • ShipRec will be open Monday through Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm. All students must have a student ID, check their temperature at the entrance, and have completed a weekly COVID test before entering.
  • Aggressive cleaning and sanitizing protocols will occur throughout academic, recreational, support, and residential facilities.
  • Face coverings, physical distancing, and handwashing/sanitizing procedures will be followed as required by federal, state, and university guidelines.
  • Awareness campaign materials and distancing markers will be present throughout campus.
  • A cohort of leaders will remind all on campus to abide by health and safety guidelines.
  • The student Code of Conduct is updated to include requirements for social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. Students will also be held accountable for their guests, and behavior off campus.

Shippensburg University is deeply committed to the well-being and success of our campus family, Shippensburg community, South Central Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth. Some operational details may change based on continuing developments and revised guidelines and recommendations from the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (State System/PASSHE).