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Founded in 1858, Susquehanna is a selective, four-year, residential, liberal arts and sciences college...

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Susquehanna University educates enterprising, independent thinkers—about 2,200 students from 34 states and 22 countries. Students graduate with the broad-based academic foundation and essential 21st-century job skills—critical thinking, writing, teamwork, and communication—that employers and graduate schools seek. Challenging academics, plus internships and research opportunities, result in 96.5 percent of new graduates employed or in graduate school within six months.


The Sigmund Weis School of Business and the School of Arts and Sciences offer 100+ majors and minors in liberal arts and science or pre-professional programs. Susquehanna’s business school is AACSB-accredited, placing it among the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide, and provides students a great return on their investment.


100 percent of students study off campus through Susquehanna’s nationally-recognized Global Opportunities (GO) program, choosing from 100 options on six continents. By completing a cross-cultural experience for at least two weeks in the U.S. or abroad, students broaden their perspectives and deepen cultural competencies, preparing them further for the global marketplace.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,126 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
45% male — 55% female
49.6% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
133 full-time faculty
127 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
96.7% of first year students live on campus
91.7% of all students live on campus

School Location

Students enjoy first-rate learning and living facilities on a beautiful 325-acre residential campus in Selinsgrove, Pa., located two-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore, and three hours from Washington, D.C., and New York City. Susquehanna’s proximity to these metropolitan centers affords many opportunities to network with alumni, pursue internships, explore professional opportunities and have fun! On-campus, students actively participate in more than 156 student-run clubs and organizations, 23 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, and numerous honor societies, fraternities, sororities and service groups.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences x
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses x
Collaborative Assignments and Projects  
Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning  
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

86.1% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 year graduation rate 2015

71.3% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 6%
White 81%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


The Susquehanna University River Hawks compete at the highest level, both in and out of the classroom. Sporting the colors orange and maroon, students compete in 23 NCAA intercollegiate varsity teams—among the best in Division III—or participate in the many intramural and club sports teams available. Susquehanna competes in: the Landmark Conference (baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball), and the Centennial Conference (football).

Other Information

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a selective, four-year, residential, liberal arts and sciences college that provides students with real-world professional experiences, preparing them for a lifetime of personal and professional success.

Academic Programs

Accounting; Anthropology, Art History; Biochemistry; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Communications (With Emphases in Advertising and Marketing Communications, Broadcasting, Communications Studies, Corporate Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Speech Communication, Sports Media); Computer Science; Creative Writing; Earth & Environmental Sciences; Ecology; Economics (With Emphases In Financial Economics, General Economics, Global Economy & Financial Markets); Elementary Education, English; Environmental Studies; Finance; French; German; Global Management; Graphic Design; History; Information Systems; International Studies (With Emphases In Asian Studies, Comparative Cultural Studies, Developing World Studies, Diplomacy, European Studies, International Trade & Development, Sustainable Development); Luxury Brand Marketing and Management; Management; Mathematics; Music (Bachelor Of Arts, Music Education, Music Performance); Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Public Policy; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Studio Art; Theatre (With Emphases In Performance, Production, Design).

More Distinctions

  • Accepted into the University Recognition Program of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, making Susquehanna one of only two undergraduate liberal arts colleges in North America that have been accepted into the CFA Recognition program and are accredited by the prestigious International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

  • The recipient of eight Fulbright scholars in the past four years.

  • Recognized with a student named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Connect, a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility.

  • Honored with a student athlete being named as one of five players from NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Companies’ NABC Allstate Good Works Team.

  • One of 11 organizations to receive national recognition for its commitment to service at the Make a Difference Day Awards held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

  • Recipient of a $7.1 million gift to establish the Susquehanna Service Leaders Program, in which SU students will serve community organizations that support youth development in the Susquehanna Valley.

  • Recognized by the Baltimore Jewish Times as a welcoming and supportive campus for Jewish students.

  • Ranked as one of the top 50 Newman Centers in the U.S. by Best College Reviews for its Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM)’s Newman Center.

  • The recipient of Highest Honors recognition, a distinction reserved for the top 20 percent of Beta Gamma Sigma chapters internationally, the international business school honor society.

  • Among the top 25 universities in a worldwide investment competition sponsored by ETF Global, for having two students from the Sigmund Weis School of Business finish in the top 25 in the competition, and was one of only three universities in the competition to field two or more students who were top-25 finishers.

  • Recipient of a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support the recruitment and education of chemistry, physics, and mathematics majors pursuing teaching careers in high-need school districts.

  • Recognized in New York Times about college summer reading programs for incoming students for Susquehanna’s Common Reading program.

  • Named one of the top 10 Best Colleges with Publishing Degrees in the U.S. by

  • Ranked No. 8 for highest percentage of students who study abroad by U.S. News & World Report. Also included on their 2017 Best Northeastern Schools list.

  • Ranked No. 11 in the nation for undergraduate participation in study abroad, according to the Open Doors 2016 annual report on student mobility, released by the Institute for International Education.

  • Ranked No. 15 among the top 30 most affordable colleges with the best study abroad programs in the nation, according to Great Value Colleges.

  • Ranked No. 15 among the top 30 most affordable colleges with the best study abroad programs in the nation, according to Great Value Colleges.

  • Recognized by Fiske Guide to Colleges for Susquehanna's commitment to diversity, the university's emphasis on off-campus study that prepares students to work in cross-cultural teams, its innovative curriculum that links relevant majors with career success, and scholarship opportunities.

  • Named one of America’s 300 Best Value Colleges by Forbes business magazine.

  • Named one of the 610 smartest schools in the U.S. by Business Insider.

  • Ranked as the No. 9 college in America and No. 1 college in Pennsylvania for employment after graduation by Zippia.

  • Ranked eighth in the state for the amount of available federal work-study financial aid awarded to its students, according to the Student Loan Report.

  • Named a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for attracting and supporting student veterans and their spouses in the classroom and after graduation.

Susquehanna educates enterprising, independent thinkers in a collaborative environment that promotes diverse academic and experiential learning opportunities. In fact, 90 percent of students complete one or more internships, conduct research, or student teach before graduating.

A Global Perspective

Nine out of ten employers cite intercultural skills as a desirable trait for new employees. Susquehanna’s nationally recognized Global Opportunities (GO) program prepares students for the cultural competencies needed in today’s global marketplace.

Susquehanna is one of only a handful of universities to require a domestic or overseas study-away experience. The GO experience allows students to become more culturally aware and better prepared to be leaders in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world.

As a result, Susquehanna students see firsthand how different social and cultural forces shape the world—and discover how to make a difference.

Experiential Learning and Undergraduate Research

No matter the major selected or future career plans, Susquehanna students graduate with the broad-based academic foundation and 21st-century job skills—critical thinking, writing, teamwork and communication skills—that employers and graduate schools seek. Susquehanna’s challenging and relevant academic programs, plus internships and research opportunities, result in 96.5 percent of new graduates employed or in graduate school within six months.

Business students in the AACSB-accredited Sigmund Weis School of Business (a distinction only the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide enjoy) get hands-on learning in the state-of-the-art student investment center, a functioning trading room with Bloomberg Terminals, and place trades on Bloomberg’s electronic trading platform. Students manage a real investment portfolio, with funds allocated by the Student Government Association.

Interested in the natural sciences? The nearby Susquehanna River provides unparalleled access to field research, as do the state-of-the-art LEED Silver-certified Natural Sciences Center, an on-campus Center for Environmental Education and Research, and the 400-acre George A. Hepner Ecology Laboratory. A $2.25 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation is funding a three-year Freshwater Research Initiative to further understand the ecological issues impacting the Susquehanna River and its tributaries.

Communications majors help run WQSU-FM, the third most powerful college radio station in Pennsylvania, broadcasting on 12,000 watts. They enjoy access to superb production facilities and equipment, including an audio, video and graphics lab; multi-camera television studio with green screen; and professional-quality audio and video field equipment.

Local businesses often hire Susquehanna’s on-campus, student-run public relations firm for support. Students staff the weekly school paper, are sports information assistants, and do internships with newspapers and other media. Award-winning members of the university’s Enactus team include communications and business majors, who use what they learn to develop and present community service projects.

Collaborative learning environment

Susquehanna’s central curriculum is designed to develop students’ awareness of their place in and interactions with the world around them as well as to foster an integrated sense of personal ethical responsibility. They learn to recognize and understand the diversities of the human experience, think creatively and critically, work effectively with a team to analyze and solve problems, listen well, and articulate an informed opinion both orally and in writing.

Honors Program

Intensely curious, active learners excel in the challenging and individualized Honors Program for academically talented students. About 10 percent of incoming students are invited to join, and Honors students typically embrace the total Susquehanna experience, contributing in leadership, performance, music, and athletics.

Students follow a sequence of special courses and projects, complemented by discussion groups, lectures, off-campus visits and residential programs, throughout their four years at Susquehanna.

First-year Honors students can elect to live together in a living-learning community designed specifically for them within a first-year residence hall.

Activities offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Dance x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN x
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Opera x
Pep band x
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra x
Television station  
Yearbook x

The faculty at Susquehanna prepare students to grow, succeed, and serve in the context of a rapidly changing environment.

Passionate professionals

Susquehanna faculty are dedicated scholars and passionate teachers. Ninety-two percent of full-time faculty have earned the highest degrees in their fields.

Because Susquehanna is an undergraduate-only institution, students learn from expert faculty members and not graduate assistants. One hundred percent of the faculty in the arts are professional artists, musicians and writers.

Many disciplines offer hands-on collaborative research opportunities beginning in the first year of study. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and the average class size is 19, allowing for close interactions with faculty and classmates. Classroom spaces are designed to encourage collaborative learning and intellectual and social engagement.

Susquehanna faculty members are committed to student success. Inside or outside the classroom, students encounter professors who become mentors and lifelong supporters.

A shared first-year experience: the Common Reading

Each year, Susquehanna’s students, faculty and staff select a new university theme for the coming year. Incoming first-year students are given a common reading assignment related to this theme, creating a shared academic experience and point of discussion during their first semester.

Faculty and staff also read the common reading and find ways to use it in the classroom, in the residence halls, in administrative offices, over lunch and more. This introduction to life in a community of learners, where all are engaged in discussion and reflection on texts and ideas, leads to lively conversations with students that challenge them to think critically.

For the 2017-18 academic year, students will be challenged to look critically at both physically destructive and intellectual discord. With the university theme of “Conflict,” they will be invited to discuss the conflict that has accompanied the development of knowledge. Ultimately, they will expand their understanding of the challenges posed by conflict as well as the positive role that conflict can play in the world, on campus, and throughout their lives.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages x
History x
Mathematics x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x


Other: Ethics course, interdisciplinary course, diversity course, off-campus experience

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 73 224 153 69 2 0 0 521

At Susquehanna’s a four-year, residential campus, living and learning happens around the clock. Students discover an inclusive and increasingly diverse community in which they gain valuable leadership, social, and interpersonal skills—and memories to last a lifetime.

Living Learning Communities

Residence life is a big part of the student experience at Susquehanna. Housing options range from traditional residence halls to suites and houses. Students can also elect to reside in a living and learning community (LLC), a group of peers who live together and share a passion for a particular topic, academic program, or class.

Interested first-year students can choose to join an LLC centered on global business, the Honors program, civic engagement and service, diversity, identity, or inclusion.

Learning outside the classroom

Susquehanna is deeply committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of every student. The university sponsors programs and lectures throughout the year to enrich the students and the community.

When class is over and lab is complete, it’s time to appreciate the total collegiate experience. Students build social and leadership skills through active participation in more than 156 student-run clubs and organizations, 23 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, and numerous honor societies, fraternities, sororities, and service groups. In short, Susquehanna students know how to have fun!


Whether they commit to service, sport the orange and maroon colors, or enjoy one of the many eagerly anticipated campus events each year, generations of Susquehannans are rooted to this special place by the cherished traditions that bridge distance and time.

Scenic, safe, and centrally located campus

Nestled on the banks of the Susquehanna River, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, is a picturesque and safe community whose shops and restaurants are located within walking distance of Susuehanna’s beautiful 325-acre campus. Only one hour from the state capital, Harrisburg, and within three hours of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., students have easy access to bustling metropolitan areas to network with alumni, pursue internships, and explore professional opportunities.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students x
Fraternity/sorority housing x
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing x
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

In a rapidly evolving global economy, a satisfying career requires lifelong learning, versatility, and flexibility—all of which happen to be the exact benefits of a liberal arts education. At Susquehanna, students gain the learning skills and practical experience to pivot again and again.

90% of Susquehanna students complete one or more internships, conduct research, or student teach before graduating.

All of Susquehanna’s programs reinforce the skills that 9 out of 10 employers seek—ethical judgment, integrity, intercultural skills, and a capacity for continued learning.

100% of students participate in a study away experience through Susquehanna’s nationally recognized Global Opportunities (GO) program.

More Susquehanna graduates complete their degrees in four years (67%), compared to five or more years at many larger institutions. Furthermore, its six-year graduation rate is much higher than the national average (74% vs. 57%). 99% of Susquehanna’s graduating seniors complete their degree in four years or less. Such an achievement means significant savings in tuition dollars. Plus, students enter the job market and begin earning a salary sooner.

96.5% of new graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months.

When considering the return on investment, the long-term value of a private liberal arts and sciences education is clear. But Susquehanna students aren’t just focused on making money. They care about making a difference!

Committed to Service

Based on the understanding that civic engagement is a vital part of a liberal arts education, Susquehanna students learn about and reflect upon their roles as active, informed citizens within the community.

Susquehanna students dedicate more than 32,000 volunteer hours each year.

Internship and Career Services Support

Today’s career paths are full of twists and turns. Graduates need the skills to last a lifetime of job searches and career shifts. Susquehanna approaches successful outcomes from a liberal arts perspective, empowering students to shape their own futures.

Career development is a campus-wide effort. Many professors personally help students find internships, apply to graduate schools, or just understand their options. Intentional career planning starts from the moment students arrive on campus.

Every spring semester, Susquehanna hosts Break Through, an annual student–alumni networking conference. This multi-day event includes career-specific panel discussions, money management advice sessions, and résumé tips. Students have the opportunity to interact with over 100 alumni and learn how to make the most of their college experience before landing their first job.

Thanks to their established relationships with employers, enthusiastic alumni, and involvement from academic departments, students’ internship options are plentiful and continuously growing. Just a few of the places where Susquehanna students completed internships include Bloomberg L.P., Environmental Protection Agency, FTI Consulting, Girl Scouts of the USA, Goldman Sachs, The Hershey Company, Integra LifeSciences, L.L.Bean, Moody’s Investor Services, Smithsonian Institution, Tiffany & Co., Walt Disney Company, and Zoo New England.



Admissions Fall 2015

5,304 Total Applicants
4,033 Total Admissions
668 Total Freshmen Enrollment

76.04% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Interview Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

First generation
Geographical residence
State residency

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 500 610
SAT Math 510 610
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 23 27
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Application Information

Susquehanna students come from many different places and varied backgrounds. But what they share in common is a motivation to succeed and a record of academic and personal achievement. They are enterprising, independent thinkers who are ready to be academically challenged, socially engaged, and mentally prepared to succeed in the 21st century.

First-year, transfer, or international student applicants may submit either the Susquehanna Application or Common Application along with an official high school transcript, school report, and SAT/ACT scores. Applicants may also choose to apply as Test Optional. Susquehanna offers Early Decision and Early Action options. Admission is competitive, but more than grades and test scores are evaluated (and valued).

Prospective students are invited to schedule a personalized visit to campus to learn more about Susquehanna’s programs during an information session, interview with a member of the admissions staff and explore the beautiful grounds and facilities. Or plan to attend one of the special admission events held throughout the year. Can’t get to campus? Take the virtual tour!

The Office of Admissions is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. During the academic year the office is also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For an appointment, please call 570-372-4260 or toll free 1-800-326-9672. An online form is also available.




Tuition $43,160
Fees $560
Total $43,720
Room and Board (on campus) $11,620
Estimated Total On Campus $55,340


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 estimated

$33,922 First year students
$28,023 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 estimated

81.7% on average, the percentage of need that was met
19% of financial need students that had need fully met

$28,023 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,166 Average need-based loan

Student Financial Services

Financing a college education is a major investment for families. Susquehanna offers a comprehensive merit scholarship and need-based financial aid program to help families afford this worthwhile and smart investment.

96% of Susquehanna’s students received some form of financial support in 2016-17.

All admitted students are automatically considered for academic merit scholarships. To determine a scholarship award, the admission committee will review an applicant’s courses, grades, test scores, and class rank, if calculated. Academic scholarships are renewable for a total of four years, and renewal criteria are reasonable.

Many families who think they won’t qualify for need-based financial aid do qualify at Susquehanna. Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for full financial aid consideration.

Last year, Susquehanna awarded more than $83 million in scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study jobs.

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