Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Established 1889
Type Public (state-owned)
Endowment US $16.5 Million
President Dr. Cheryl Norton
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 8800
Postgraduates 691
Location Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Rural
Athletics NCAA Division IIPSAC (West)
Nickname The Rock
Mascot Rocky – The Pride of the Rock (lion)[1]
Affiliations PASSHE

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (also known as The Rock or SRU) is a public, master's-level university that offers some doctoral programs. SRU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Slippery Rock University is located in Slippery Rock, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, approximately 52 miles (84 km) north of Pittsburgh and approximately 80 miles (130 km) south of Erie. The university has been coeducational since its founding in 1889.[2] 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.


Area known as 'the quad' on the Slippery Rock campus.


In 2012, Cheryl Joy Norton was appointed as the university's first female president.[3][4]

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


Official athletics logo.

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

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.

Team sports

Men's teams: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, and Bowling.

Women's teams: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Volleyball, Lacrosse, and Tennis.

In 2006 the university cut men's and women's swimming, men's and women's water polo, men's division 1 wrestling, men's golf, and others.[citation needed]

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.[5] 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 made a third trip to "The Big House" on October 18, 2014, losing to Mercyhurst University, 45-23; a crowd of 15,121 braved a chilly wind to witness the contest.

Club sports

In 1995, the Slippery Rock women's water polo team won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by USA Water Polo.[6] This remains the only collegiate water polo championship ever won by a non-California team.

In 1987, the Slippery Rock women's judo team, a varsity sport team at the time, won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by the National Collegiate Judo Association.[7]

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 Men's Ice Hockey Team won the CHMA regular season championship. The team plays American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 1.

Greek life (fraternities and sororities)

Interfraternity Council Fraternities:

Panhellenic Association Sororities:

Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organizations:

Multicultural Greek Organizations:

Notable alumni


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External links

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