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State Normal School of Pennsylvania

For other uses, see Slippery Rock.
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Established 1889
Type Public
Endowment US $16.5 Million
President Dr. Cheryl Norton
Admin. staff 867
Undergraduates 7,157
Postgraduates 691
Location Slippery Rock, PA, USA
Campus Rural
Nickname The Rock

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (also known as The Rock or SRU) is a public, master's-level university that offers some doctoral programs in cooperation with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Both institutions are members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Slippery Rock University is located in Slippery Rock, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, approximately 52 miles (84 km) north of Pittsburgh. The university has been coeducational since its founding in 1889.[1] It has one of the largest campuses in western Pennsylvania, occupying 611 acres (2.4 km²). It includes new residential suites, the cornerstone being Watson Hall.

In 2012, Cheryl Joy Norton was appointed as the university's first female president.[2][3]

Notable alumni


Student media

SRU has a student newspaper and radio station.

  • The Rocket, a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 3,000
  • 88.1 WSRU-FM, a 100-watt alternative rock station


Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania competes in the NCAA Division II and is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

Men's teams

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Bowling

Women's teams

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Outdoor Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse

In 2006 they cut men's/women's swimming and water polo, men's division 1 wrestling, men's golf, and others.

Club sports

In 1995, the Slippery Rock women's water polo team won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by USA Water Polo.[5] This remains the only collegiate water polo championship ever won by a non-California team.

In 1987, the Slippery Rock women's judo team won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by the National Collegiate Judo Association.[6]

In 2008 and 2009 the Slippery Rock Women's Rugby Team Won the Midwest Championship for the first time in SRU's History. This led them to go on to Nationals for 2 consecutive years in a row where they made it to elite 8's both years.

In 2010 the Slippery Rock Women's Ice Hockey Club won the DVCHC championship. This was the first time for the team and was achieved on the team's third year in playoffs. They also won back to back Crabpot Championships in 2010 & 2011. The women's team finished 4th in the nation in 2012. The team plays ACHA Division 2.

In 2010 and 2011, The Slippery Rock University Mens Ice Hockey Team won the CHMA regular season championship. The team plays ACHA Division 1.

Greek life (fraternities and sororities)

Interfraternity Council Fraternities:

Panhellenic Association Sororities:

Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organizations:

Multicultural Greek Organizations:

  • Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc.(2010)


  • Slippery Rock's unofficial mascot is Rocky—The Pride of The Rock. Technically the university has no official mascot. "Rocky" and "Rock Pride" are initiatives of the Student Government Association and the Department of Athletics.
  • The announcement of Slippery Rock's football scores is a tradition at University of Michigan Football games, begun in 1959 by Michigan Stadium's public address announcer Steve Filipiak.[7] Slippery Rock was so popular with U of M fans that on Sept. 29, 1979, they played in-state rival Shippensburg at Michigan Stadium, in front of 61,143 fans, a record for a Division II football game (Shippensburg won, 45-14). Slippery Rock played a second game at "The Big House" in 1981, attracting 36,719 fans in a 14-13 loss to Wayne State University. Slippery Rock will make a third trip to the "Big House" on October, 14, 2014, when they will take on Mercyhurst University in a PSAC game.


External links

  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania - Athletics
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania - Office of Greek Life
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania - Facts
  • SRU's Alumni Online Community - Alumni Association
  • SRU Music Therapy Program

Coordinates: 41°03′43″N 80°02′35″W / 41.062°N 80.043°W / 41.062; -80.043

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