Tuesday, December 27, 2016

What is Normal?

Slippery Rock University opened its doors March 26, 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School with the primary purpose of training teachers. In 1926, the institution was purchased by the Commonwealth, renamed Slippery Rock State Teachers College, became a four-year teachers college, and continued the tradition of teacher training.
Slippery Rock State College was established in 1960 and for the first time, could award undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and in the professions. Expanded curricular offerings and an increased number of degree programs created an appreciable rise in enrollment. It was granted university status in 1983.
Today, Slippery Rock University is a four-year, public, coeducational, comprehensive university offering a broad array of undergraduate and select graduate programs to more than 8,500 students. The University has earned full institutional accreditation through the Middle State Commission on Higher Learning and discipline specific accreditations.
Located in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, the 660-acre campus is less than an hour north of Pittsburgh, one hour south of Erie, and 45 minutes east of Youngstown, Ohio. Two major highways, I-79 and I-80, intersect with seven miles of the University, conveniently linking it to the entire Commonwealth and its contiguous regions.
The campus is situated in the borough of Slippery Rock in Butler County, Pennsylvania, a safe and friendly community of approximately 3,500 people.



  1. I have not heard of this University before but she really has beautiful buildings and to have been around that long is just amazing

    1. When we hear other school fans chanting 'we will ROCK you'; we always say they stole our song. And a popular thing to do is put rocks in a plastic milk bottle and shake it at the games. And one more useless piece of trivia - sometimes you hear 'slimy pebble' in place of slippery rock.

  2. Here in New York State we also have universities that at one time were called Normal Schools. In the '60s I went to the University of Georgia and for some reason folks down there were taken by the name Slippery Rock. On Saturdays they would call into a football radio show and ask about the Slippery Rock score. My two daughter went to Edinboro University and the saying was "friends don't let friends go to Slippery Rock." Thanks Galye for your visit, I hope to see you again.

  3. That is a beautiful campus. And, I love the name!

  4. It certainly has some beautiful old buildings.


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