Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
TypePublic university
EndowmentUS $16.5 million
PresidentWilliam J. Behre[1]
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
AthleticsNCAA Division IIPSAC
NicknameThe Rock
MascotRocky – The Pride of the Rock[4]

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (The Rock or SRU) is a public university in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. SRU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The university has been coeducational since its founding in 1889.[5] Its campus occupies 611 acres (2.4 km²).


Slippery Rock University was founded in 1889 under the name Slippery Rock State Normal School as a teacher training school. James E. Morrow was the first president. The school was purchased by the Commonwealth in 1926 and became a four-year college.

Slippery Rock State College was established in 1960 and issued undergraduate and graduate degrees within the liberal arts and other professions.[6] As of September 2020, Slippery Rock University has 8,876 enrolled students[7] as well as 160 majors, almost 40 minors[8] and over 30 graduate programs.[9]


In 2012, Cheryl Joy Norton was appointed as the university's first female president.[10][11] Norton announced she would retire effective June 30, 2017.[12] William J. Behre became the university's president in 2018.[1]


Official athletics logo.
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 University's official mascot is Rocky the lion, The Pride of The Rock.[13]

Varsity sports

Men's teams: Baseball, bowling, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field.

Women's teams: Basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and Volleyball.

The announcement of Slippery Rock's football scores is a tradition at University of Michigan Football games, started in 1959 by Michigan Stadium's public address announcer Steve Filipiak.[14] Slippery Rock was so popular with U of M fans that on September 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 women's water polo team won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by USA Water Polo.[15] This remains the only collegiate water polo championship ever won by a non-California team.

In 1987, the women's judo team, a varsity sport team at the time, won the intercollegiate national championship conducted by the National Collegiate Judo Association.[16]

Slippery Rock ice hockey joined other colleges and universities in the region to form the College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA) in 2006. In 2020, the university suspended the hockey program for four years.[17]

Student life

Aebersold Student Recreation Center

The Aebersold Student Recreation Center is an 82,000 square-foot on-campus student recreation center.[18]

Fraternities and sororities

Interfraternity Council Fraternities:

Panhellenic Association Sororities:

Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organizations:

Multicultural Greek Organizations:

Student media

SRU has a student newspaper, Local Access TV Station, a PR Club, radio station, and a student-run literary publication.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b "Message from President William J. Behre". Slippery Rock University. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Déjà vu: SRU again enrolls largest class in school history".
  3. ^ a b [1], 2020 Enrollment.
  4. ^ "Rocky, The Pride of The Rock".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2012-04-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "History". Slippery Rock University.
  7. ^ "SRU fall enrollment surpasses 8,800, led by record number of graduate students". September 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "MAJORS & MINORS". Slippery Rock University.
  9. ^ "Admissions Requirements by Program". Slippery Rock University.
  10. ^ "Welcome!". 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  11. ^ "Dr. Cheryl Norton named as first female president of SRU – News – The Rocket – Slippery Rock University". 2012-04-05. Archived from the original on 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  12. ^ Nuzum, Lydia (9 December 2016). "Slippery Rock's president announces retirement". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Rocky, The Pride of The Rock". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  14. ^ "Slippery Rock University Athletics – Tradition". Retrieved 2012-10-02.
  15. ^ "National Women's Collegiate Champs". Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  16. ^ "Collegiate tournament results". Archived from the original on 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  17. ^ Major II, Ed (December 21, 2020). "Slippery Rock suspends men's hockey, future of program uncertain". Pittsburgh Hockey Digest. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  18. ^ "Aebersold Student Recreation Center". Retrieved 2018-07-03.

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