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Slippery Rock University

107 Central Loop Suite 102
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 16057

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  • Slippery Rock University's Old Main BuildingSlippery Rock University's Old Main Building

  • Robert M. Smith Student Center Robert M. Smith Student Center

  • Advanced Technology and Science HallAdvanced Technology and Science Hall

  • Eisenberg Classroom Building Eisenberg Classroom Building

  • Residence Hall F Fire Pit and Patio Residence Hall F Fire Pit and Patio

  • Boozel Dining HallBoozel Dining Hall

  • Graduate School of Physical Therapy Graduate School of Physical Therapy

  • Russell L. Wright Alumni House Russell L. Wright Alumni House

  • Residence Hall Lounge Space Residence Hall Lounge Space

  • Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium

  • Morrow Field House (Sport Complex) Morrow Field House (Sport Complex)

  • Aebersold Recreation Center Aebersold Recreation Center

  • Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock University

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-Located in Western Pennsylvania on 610 acres between Routes I-80 and I-79, Slippery Rock University is an easy drive from Pittsburgh, Erie or Cleveland.
-We can accommodate groups from 20 - 2,000 and provide a safe, all-inclusive and exciting setting for your next area meeting or event.

Check out the virtual tour below to see what sets Slippery Rock University apart from other Pittsburgh event centers for conferences, banquets and more!
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Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Youngstown, OH – 43 miles, Pittsburgh, PA – 50 miles, Indiana, PA – 63 miles, Erie, PA – 80 miles, Wheeling, WV - 103 miles, Cleveland, OH – 112 miles, Morgantown, WV – 119 miles
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Pittsburgh International Airport / 60
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Meeting spaces, athletic fields, and other rentals are available on our beautiful campus year-round. During the summer, we are also able to provide housing in our modern, luxurious residence halls. A variety of food service options are available including full-service catering and on-campus dining rooms.
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State-of-the-art technology in our “smart” classrooms will help events run smoothly. Projectors and screens, microphones and podiums, document viewers, CD/DVD players, and laptop accommodations. In addition, our Conference Service department offers support throughout your entire event by assigning you with your own Conference Services representative.
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Choose from a delightful assortment of catering packages that range from refreshing meeting snacks and beverages to amazing four-course formal dinners, or create your own culinary event to culminate a successful meeting. Our food service partner, AVI, is dedicated to providing the highest quality; using only the finest quality ingredients, including local and organic meats and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Slippery Rock University offers dining options such as Boozel Dining Hall, Weisenfluh Dining Hall, Starbucks, Rocky's, and Quaker Steak and Lube. Please visit the following website for more information!
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The University requires insurance certificates for general liability and workers’ compensation for hosted groups. In compliance with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law, background checks are required for groups that include minors unaccompanied by their parent or guardian. A non-refundable advanced deposit is required to confirm arrangements.
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Adult Social Event
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Family Reunion
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
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Youth Party
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Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Advanced Technology and Science Hall Classrooms Classrooms in ATS vary in size, with seating ranging from long tables, pull out chairs, or tablet chairs/desks. There are 7 available classrooms that can accommodate between 35 and 49 guests.

McKay Education Building Auditorium This auditorium with projector and SMART Technology can seat up to 254 guests.

McKay Education Building Classrooms There are 10 different classrooms to choose from in McKay, varying in size to accommodate 30-50 guests. All include AV technology.

Strain Behavioral Science Building Auditorium This large auditorium has included technology and provides seating for up to 100 people.

Patterson Hall Classrooms Patterson Hall offers 5 classrooms and a computer lab that can seat between 30 and 50 guests.

Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium This auditorium, with two large projector screens, can seat up to 100 guests.

Spotts World Culture Building Classrooms This classroom building has several rooms that are able to seat between 40 and 45 guests in traditional desks.

Vincent Science Center Auditoriums This new auditorium can seat up to 104 guests in comfortable rows of seats with table tops. It is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual technology and a large projector screen.

Vincent Science Center Classrooms Classrooms vary from options with traditional desks, long tables and rolling chairs, or even a computer lab. The average room can seat about 40 guests comfortably.

Eisenberg Classroom Building Classrooms These classrooms feature 40 to 45 traditional desks, as well as AV technology.

Weisenfluh Dining Hall - Room 103 This room can be setup for meeting and/or buffets. This room can seat between 75 and 100 people, depending on the setup design. All rooms reserved in Weisenfluh Dining Hall require some type of Catering through Slippery Rock University's food vendor, AVI Food Systems.

Weisenfluh Dining Hall - Room 104 This room can be setup for meeting and also includes a white board and screen with AV capabilities. This room can seat between 25 and 35 people, depending on the setup design. All rooms reserved in Weisenfluh Dining Hall require some type of Catering through Slippery Rock University's food vendor, AVI Food Systems.

Smith Student Center Ballroom The ballroom can accommodate 750 people lecture style and approximately 288 people at banquet rounds. The room splits into 3 sections with abundance pre function space. The ballroom has up-to-date technology showing on a large screen at the fron of the room with two smaller screeens halfway for easy viewing. 

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Smith Student Center Theater Multi-purpose Theater seats 250 people in luxry theater seats or can accomodate a banquet of 80 people. The room is sound proof which makes it perfect for movies and performances with its surround sound. A technician will be available to assist during your event to help with all audio/ visual.

Smith Student Center Conference Rooms (Small) There are seven full quiped rooms with presentation technology with seating capacities ranging from 20-70. The furniture is portable to reconfigure frrom a meeting room to a social space. Two of the conference rooms are smaller to accomodate groups of about 20-30 people.

Smith Student Center Conference Rooms There are seven full equipped rooms with presentation technology with seating capacities ranging from 20-70. About five of these rooms are large enough to accomodate larger groups 30+.

Watson Hall Great Room This multi-purpose room can hold a variety of events. AV technology is available as well as tables and chairs if needed.

Building F Greater Room This large multi-purpose room can hold a variety of events. AV technology is available as well as tables and chairs if needed.

Ski Lodge & Campground The Ski Lodge and Campground are located on 6 plus acres of land, which features a rustic design that offers a variety of opportunities for guests. Shower and restroom facilities are available inside the lodge. The Ski Lodge offers an indoor fireplace and fire pit, as well as an outdoor fire pit area with plenty of seating. The Campground is comprised of 18 sites and offers both electrical (10) and non electric campsites in the campground adjacent to the Ski Lodge. Most sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Sites are ideal for camping, picnicking and recreational activities.

Swope Music Hall Recital Hall The Swope Recital Hall is an auditorium with a stage that is perfect for talent shows or music programs. Sound and lighting technology is available, as well as a piano!

Swope Music Hall Band Room The band room has plenty of space as well as great acoustics to fit your group.

Swope Music Hall Breakout Music Rooms These small music rooms are perfect for different groups to practice, whether it is for different instruments, teams or singing groups. Some of these rooms also feature pianos, keyboards, and other technology.

Swope Music Hall Choir Rooms These choir rooms are spacious and can offer enough space for your musical group or band to practice and perform. These spaces could also be used for other purposes.

Morrow Fieldhouse GrassTex The Morrow Fieldhouse Grasstex is a wonderful indoor multi-purpose area, with lots of space. This multi-use surface is great for cheerleading, dancing, playing sports and a variety of other activities or training sessions. It is also a great alternative to the outdoors when the weather is less favorable.

Morrow Fieldhouse Wrestling Area Behind the bleachers in the Morrow Fieldhouse is an area designated as the wrestling area. This space has wooded floors with the availability of mats. It can be used for breaking up groups for practicing, training sessions involved physical activity, and much more.

Morrow Fieldhouse Dance Studio Morrow Fieldhouse Dance Studio is a state of the art dance studio for groups or students that need a dance space.

Morrow Fieldhouse Pool An olympic size pool located in the Morrow Fieldhouse for sporting events or groups.

Morrow Fieldhouse - Room 119 For groups already using the Fieldhouse, room 119 is available for meetings or group discussions.

Old Thompson Field & Track This event space, located next to the Morrow Fieldhouse, used to be the main football field and track for Slippery Rock University athletes. However, the new stadium was built, leaving this field to be used for our purposes. This space can be used for a variety of sports and other recreational activities. The track surrounding the field is also great for team-building events and relay races.

Mihalik-Thompson Stadium Complex The stadium debuted as N. Kerr Thompson Stadium in 1974 and over the past 10 years has seen massive upgrades to make it one of the best facilities in western Pennsylvania. In 2003 the grass surface was replaced by artificial turf and lights were installed at the stadium. The last renovation to the field came in the summer of 2012 when the 10-year old turf was removed and replaced by a new synthetic field surface that has the real feel of grass. The surface, called GameDay Grass 3D, was installed by Astroturf. The stadium is named after two of the legends in Slippery Rock football history in head coach N. Kerr Thompson and current head coach and former quarterback George Mihalik, whose name was added to the stadium in 2011. The field itself is named after another former Rock legendary football coach, Bob DiSpirito. The attached building also houses the locker rooms and restrooms.

Scarnati Marching Band Field This outdoor field is designated for marching band groups who like to practice their routines on a field lined like a football field. Scaffolding is available on this field as well. The marching band field could also be used as a multi-purpose field for other activities if necessary.

Morrow Fieldhouse Gym The Morrow Fieldhouse, located in the middle of campus, has a large gym space with bleacher seating. This is perfect for crowds to watch your event in an indoor area.

Outdoor Athletic Fields There are several outdoor athletic fields to choose on campus. These fields can meet your needs for any team building sports games, fun outdoor activities, or event sports or marching band practices.

Eisenberg Classroom Building Auditorium This newly remodeled auditorium has a professional feel and large projector screens. It can accommodate up to 93 guests.

Alumni House The Alumni House offers upscale furniture, catering and separate rooms for breakout sessions. Perfect for your corporate meeting.

Advanced Technology and Science Hall Auditorium This new, state-of-the-art auditorium has a projector and two large screens. It can accommodate up to 313 guests.

Boozel Dining Hall Boozel Dining Hall is the main dining facility here at Slippery Rock University, offering buffet style meal options. Meal tickets are available to groups who reserve other rooms on campus to eat at Boozel. Camps held at SRU offer meals for campers and staff throughout their stay at the university.


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 75 Hotel Private yes
Summer Housing Residence Halls Private yes
Building A 366 Residence Halls Private yes
Building B 346 Residence Halls Private yes
Building D 342 Residence Halls Private yes
Building E 374 Residence Halls Private yes
Building F 368 Residence Halls Private yes
North Hall 308 Residence Halls Communal yes
Rhoads Hall 212 Residence Halls Communal yes
Watson Hall 326 Residence Halls Private yes


  • Catering Services
    Choose from a delightful assortment of catering packages that range from  refreshing meeting snacks and beverages to amazing four-course formal dinners, or create your own culinary event to culminate a successful meeting. Our food service partner, AVI, is dedicated to providing the highest quality; using only the finest quality ingredients, including local and organic meats and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Our catering menu varies from breakfast options big and small, to pizza, calzones, or subs for lunch, as well as wings, chips, sandwich or wrap buffets, and boxed lunches. It also provides a wide assortment of specialty dinners and decadent desserts. Slippery Rock University also has various venues of dining including Boozel Dining Hall, Weisenfluh Dining Hall, Rocky's, Starbucks, and Quaker Steak and Lube. Please follow the link provided for more information on SRU's dining options, or watch this video,


  • Boozel Dining Hall
    Open year-round, Boozel Dining Hall is serves a variety of freshly cooked dishes in a buffet-style format. Voted one of the best college dining halls by Food Management Magazine, we can ensure that Boozel will satisfy the appetites of all event attendees.
  • Weisenfluh Dining Hall
    Weisenfluh Dining Hall features 4 different restaurants; Horizons, The Met, Umami, and Elia. Horizons offers fresh whole wheat tortillas, quesadillas, rice bowls, salads and nachos. Diners can customize their orders by choosing their favorite meat and adding a variety of toppings. The Met offers signature house made beef, veggie, turkey or local bison burgers with gourmet toppings served with a variety of healthier fast food sides like freshly baked sweet potato fries and potato fries. Our bison burgers are from Forbes farm, located in New Castle, PA. Umami will serve a variety of made to order rice bowls, as well as fresh sushi. Elia features healthy and delicious Mediterranean specialties, as well as breakfast sandwiches, fresh pastries and a full menu of specialty coffees. Recently, Kalidacone gelato milkshakes have been added to the menu.
  • Rocky's
    Rocky's features Bolder Subs, Wrapped, Fresh Fare, Agave and Piazza options. At Bolder Subs, diners can enjoy hot or cold made to order subs made on our fresh baked house made bread. They can choose from a variety of fresh breads and toppings. At Wrapped, you can get your wrap fix! This eatery offers flavor-filled, made to order wraps and salads. Try our most popular wrap, Buffalo Chicken with grilled chicken or chicken tenders. Fresh Fare is also available, which include a full line of fresh grab 'n' go gourmet sandwiches, salads, desserts, subs wraps and sides - made fresh daily by our AVI Fresh team. Piazza features hand tossed pizzas that will satisfy your appetite, filled with your favorite toppings on a thick or thin crust. Piazza also offers specialty baked pasta. At Agave find classic favorites and modern adaptations of a fresh culinary heritage that has made “south-of-the-border” meals a favorite among our customers. Enjoy soft tacos, taco combo platters, burritos, burrito bowls and quesadillas served with fresh and flavorful salsas.
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
    The Best Wings USA is now at SRU, located on the second floor of the Robert M. Smith Student Center. We have all of your favorite jumbo wings, breaded and boneless wings! Be sure to try one of our amazing appetizers or entrees. Like us on facebook at Quaker Steak and Lube- Slippery Rock, PA for up to date promotions and events.
  • Starbucks
    Slippery Rock University Starbucks has all of your favorite coffee, smoothies, refreshers, pastries and much more!
  • Flatz
    Flatz Express is conveniently located in Watson Residence Hall. Enjoy hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty coffees, bottled beverages, salads or gourmet sandwiches.
  • T&b Naturally
    Located in Bailey library T&B Naturally serves 100% Certified Organic Coffee. Try our delicious organic pastries, smoothies, specialty coffee drinks, bagel sandwiches, gourmet spreads or Naked Juice.
  • Campus Grill
    Located outside of North Hall, students can enjoy gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, soup, salad, fresh cut fries and many more exciting options.


Leadership Development Center SRU’s Professional Development service provides a progressive approach to advance personal and organizational success through workshops and customized training. The Leadership Development program specializes in experiential training that benefits your organization. We customize trainings and workshops to enrich groups and teamwork as well as provide professional development for groups of 50 or less. Leadership Development offers an opportunity for all staff and faculty to invest in themselves and their departments! We offer a variety of workshops from technology, interpersonal/management/soft skills and wellness taught by experts in our university community. We can customize any workshop you may need. Please visit this link to view the Leadership Development Center video:

Conference Services The Office of Conference Services is dedicated to ensuring that your planning process is efficient and effortless. The SRU conference professionals will assist throughout the planning and implementation of your event, while keeping the bottom line in mind. During your event, you will be assigned a Conference Services representative to provide you with any support you may need, decreasing your stress level.

Slippery Rock University Police The Slippery Rock University Police Department provides law enforcement, security services, and police escort services on the Slippery Rock University campus. Uniformed officers regularly patrol the SRU campus and are available 24hours a day, 7 days a week.  Phone: 724.738.3333 or x3333 from campus phones.

Campus Tours Visting the campus is the best way to determine if SRU is the right fit for you. Slippery Rock University's Undergraduate Admissions "Pride Guides" offer tours of campus to prospective students and community members looking to use University space on campus.

Bailey Library Bailey Library supports the mission of Slippery Rock University by developing collections and services that make the Library integral to the learning process, both within and beyond the classroom. Bailey Library is composed of three levels and a basement, includes a computer labs, reading rooms, a coffee shop, the Writing Center, Technology Learning Center, IMC, and the math emporium. The building also contains approximatley 300 computers. Currently, the library subscribes to approximatley 76,000 online journals, magazines, and newspapers and other electronic resources. The library collection currently includes over 400,000 books.   

Aebersold Student Recreation Center (ARC) The ARC is an 82,000 square-foot, state of the art controlled access recreation facility used for a variety of recreational programs including informal recreation and intramural sports. Participants must present their SRU ID or ARC Membership card to gain access.

Happy Bus The "Happy Bus" is the main source of transportation around the campus here at Slippery Rock University. It can help get you to and across campus everyday. Hours: M-Th 7:30am - 9:00pm and Friday 7:30-4:30pm.


Technology State-of-the-art technology in our new, “smart” classrooms at Slippery Rock University will help your event to run as smoothly as possible. In addition, our Conference Service department offers support throughout your entire event by assigning you with your own Conference Services representative. We offer projectors and screens, CD/DVD Players, computer stations, Microsoft Office access, Internet access, free Wi-Fi, microphones, speakers and other audio equipment. With our technology we can accommodate concerts, performances, speeches, meetings, presentations, conferences, talent shows, classes, and much, much more.

Area Attractions

The Old Stone House The Old Stone House is a historic inn and museum of rural life located in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1822 by John Brown as a stagecoach stop and tavern to accommodate business from the newly-constructed Pittsburgh to Erie Pike, a busy highway that carried traffic northward from the forks of the Ohio River. During its long history, the Stone House also served as a local post office and was used as a muster point during the Civil War. By the 1870s, the growth of the railroads meant the house was no longer needed as a stopping place for highway travelers. Consequently, the structure was rented as a family farmstead. Tenants still accepted occasional travelers for the night, and on Sunday, served chicken dinners to guests. Finally, in 1963 the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, hoping to attract visitors to the northern side of Moraine State Park, undertook the task of restoring the historic building. When the project was finished, the house was furnished with artifacts donated by local citizens. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy turned over the restored structure to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) which operated the site as a museum for 20 years. In the early 1980s, when the nationwide recession hit the tourist industry, the PHMC decided to sell the Stone House. Eventually, the PHMC approached SRU with a proposal to enhance the university’s administration over the site. SRU President G. Warren Smith recognized the potential of the property for furthering the educational mission of the university, and in 1999 SRU took over ownership of the site. Today the Old Stone House museum is managed by faculty and students from the university’s History department.

Cooper's Lake Campground Cooper's Lake Camground includes a beautiful 10 acre lake, wooded areas and mowed fields. Each guest can designate their own parking, camping and activity areas. They offer over 100 electric and water sites, 50 of which are full hook-up to accommodate all types of campers. Water posts are accessible throughout a majority of our area as well. The campground store sells camping supplies, comfort items, wood, propane, ice, food, drinks, candy, ice cream and more. There is also a laundromat with coin operated washers and dryers. Avoid the elements by renting the big barn, picnic pavilion or small barn.

Area Restaurants & Food A list of area restaurants and other places to eat from the Slippery Rock University website. The list includes places such as Coney Island, Ginger Hill Tavern, North Country Brewery, Red Rock Falls, Caffaro’s Pizza, En Lai Chinese Buffet, Camelot, Compadres, Primanti’s, and Eat N Park.

Clearview Mall The Clearview Mall is located in Butler, PA only about 20-25 minutes away from Slippery Rock University. It features several restaurants and stores that can fulfill a variety of needs. Head to the mall for a fun get-away with your family or group!

Playthings Etc. Toy Store At Playthings Etc. you will find toys and hobbies for all ages. Located in Butler, PA and only one hour North of Pittsburgh, this stealth bomber shaped store is filled with all of the coolest, most unique and fun toys you will ever find! From classic toys to futuristic toys, from toddler toys to science kits, from hobby products to educational toys, there are toys for everyone. Inside you will experience a space-age atmosphere where you can try many of the toys. Employees also do demonstrations of items such as R/C Cars, Unicycles, Rockets, Pogo Sticks, Magic and more! With over 3,000 toys to choose from, and new toys always arriving, you will find something for everyone. It is more than just a store…It is a FUN experience for the whole family. You have to see it to believe it!

Grove City Prime Outlets Located just seven miles from campus and offering tax-free clothes shopping and many options for delicious dining.

McConnells Mill State Park McConnells Mill State Park encompasses 2,546 acres of the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago, the gorge has steep sides and the valley floor is littered with huge boulders and is a national landmark.

Moraine State Park The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction. Each year over one million people visit the 16,725-acre park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices. Today, the park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement.


  • "Having our wedding at the Smith Student Center was a truly wonderful experience. Both the Student Center and AVI Fresh catering were friendly, flexible, accomodating and knowledgeable about everything from the ceremony, to the rain location, to the reception. Throughout the process, I felt so confident knowing that the event was in their hands. On our wedding day, everything went just as we hoped. Having staff members on sire during the event was especially helpful. We recieved endless compliments on our beautiful venue choice and I would recommend it to anyone."
    - Erin and Dan

  • "There is no possible way that Ryan and I could thank you for all you did to make our wedding vision come to life. You went above and beyond in the best possible way. We are so grateful to you and your staff." 
    - Stephanie and Ryan

  • " I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing the team was. Thank you so much for taking care of all of our crazy requests and "mom" concerns. My sister and brother-in-law's special day was that much better. We couldn't have asked for a better team of people to help! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
    - Jenny, the matron of honor

  • "We can't thank you enough for all your time and hard work that you put into making our wedding experience at SRU amazing. From the first planning meeting, up to the end of our reception, everything was more than we ever could have asked for. It was truly the best day of our lives. Thank you for everything you and your team did for us! We got so many compliments from our guests."
    - Tracy and Michael

Talk to a Venue Specialist: 1-877-244-6110