|President||Jeff Bauer (interim)|
|Campus||62 acres (250,000 m2)|
|Colors||Navy Blue and Gray|
|Affiliations||NAIA Division I — MSC|
Shawnee State University (SSU) is a medium-sized, four-year, coeducational, public university in Ohio. Established in 1986, Shawnee State is located in the city of Portsmouth in Scioto County, near the Ohio River. An open-admissions university with a faculty-student ratio of 15:1, Shawnee State is the second least expensive of Ohio's 13 state universities.
Although its roots date back to 1945, when Ohio University established an academic center in Portsmouth, the university was actually conceived in 1985 when Vern Riffe, the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, introduced legislation to create Shawnee State University. The legislation passed both Ohio houses and was signed into law by Governor Richard Celeste in 1986.
In 1990, the university awarded its first bachelor's degrees, having been authorized by the state Regents to establish baccalaureate programs two years earlier. The university established its first master's degree program in 2000 and its second master's program (the Master of Education) in 2010. It now also offers a Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences and a Master of Occupational Therapy.
Shawnee State University has more than 70 associate, bachelor, and master degree programs.
The university offers an Honors Program for exceptional students. The Clark Memorial Library of Shawnee State is a charter member of the OhioLINK library consortium., giving faculty and students access to 46 million books and other items.
Shawnee State awards more than $25 million annually in financial aid. Scholarships, grants, loans, and college work-study programs are available. Presently, 94% of all SSU students receive some form of financial aid.
To broaden the university's approach, SSU has student and faculty exchange programs with several overseas institutions, including the Jaume I University in Spain, Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, Zhejiang University of Technology in China, and the Ludwigsburg University of Education in Germany.
International students studying at Shawnee State represent 1% of the student population.
According to the International Students Guide.Org, Shawnee State is one of the "15 Easiest USA Universities To Get Admission Into."
The university offers an "English as a Second Language Program" on campus for International Students.
Full-time-students are 90%, out-of-state students are 12%, female students are 54%, African American students are 5%, resident aliens are 1%, students living on campus are 26%, students in fraternities or sororities are 2%, and the average age for all students is 22 years.
Two students serve on the Shawnee State University Board of Trustees, the university's highest governing body. The students serve serve two-year terms. They are appointed by the Governor's Office of Appointments in the state of Ohio.
Shawnee State, located in downtown Portsmouth, has a 62-acre campus. Its 28 buildings  include the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts, Clark Planetarium, Morris University Center, and James A. Rhodes Athletic Center. The university's library was named the Clark Memorial Library in 1997.
Funding for the planetarium was provided by Clyde W. Clark, a university donor, for whom the planetarium and library are named.
The university has on-campus housing for 934 students. All first-year students must live in university housing unless they are married, veterans, over age 23, or living with their parents.
Parking on campus is free, and students living in university housing may have cars.
Shawnee State University teams, nicknamed athletically as the Bears, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Mid-South Conference. The Bears previously competed in the American Mideast Conference from 1991–92 to 2009–10. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field (outdoor); while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field (outdoor) and volleyball.
Clubs on campus include Art Club, Chemistry Club, Fantanime, Geology Club, History Club, International Game Developer's Association (IGDA), Political Science Club, Pre-Med Club, and Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA), and an international group, the Other World Society.