ranks Shippensburg University’s graduate counseling program the third best in Pennsylvania.

According to the website, programs were initially selected from those accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs. The criteria used for the ranking included program completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rate, accreditation length, research productivity, and tuition and fees.

In its review of Shippensburg’s program, the website said “Shippensburg University masterfully blends sociological and psychological theory with on-location practice to train future counselors in its CACREP-accredited graduate counseling degree programs. From School Counseling and Student Affairs/College Counseling to Clinical Mental Health Counseling, this top university requires all students to complete a lab practicum and a minimum of two internships before they graduate. Of course, that’s in addition to the school’s already comprehensive, interdisciplinary counseling curriculum.”

The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel is more than 50 years old and one of the oldest master’s level counseling programs in the United States. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania it is known for its academic excellence and has been recognized as the best counseling program in the state by the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. The clinical mental health, school counseling, college counseling and college student personnel programs have been CACREP accredited since 1986.

According to a recent graduate outcomes report submitted to CACREP, 95 percent of students who graduated from the college student personnel and college counseling programs secured positions in higher education within one year of graduation; 90 percent of students who graduated from the school counseling program found school counseling or related counseling positions within one year of graduation; and 95 percent of students who graduated from the clinical mental health program found counseling or counseling-related positions within one year of graduation

In addition to CACREP accreditation, the school counseling program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the college student personnel program complies with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.