Susquehanna University educates enterprising, independent thinkers—about 2,300 students from 29 states and 25 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% of new alumni employed or pursuing an advanced degree within months of graduation.
The Sigmund Weis School of Business and the School of Arts and Sciences offer 100+ majors and minors in the liberal arts, sciences, or pre-professional programs. Susquehanna’s business school is AACSB accredited, placing it among the top 5% of business schools worldwide and providing students a great return on their investment.
Susquehanna’s nationally recognized Global Opportunities (GO) program requires 100% of students study off campus, choosing from 125 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.
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Susquehanna educates enterprising, independent thinkers in a collaborative environment that promotes diverse academic and experiential learning opportunities. In fact, 90% of students complete one or more internships, conduct research, or student teach before graduating.
A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Nine out of 10 employers cite intercultural skills as a desirable trait for new employees. Susquehanna’s nationally recognized Global Opportunities (GO) program prepares students for these very 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 competent 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, ultimately, 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% of alumni employed or pursuing an advanced degree within months of graduation.
Business students in the AACSB-accredited Sigmund Weis School of Business (a distinction enjoyed only by the top 5% of business schools worldwide) 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 even get to 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, one of the most powerful college radio stations 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, act as athletic communications assistants, and intern 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, altogether fostering 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.
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—all of which are complemented by discussion groups, lectures, off-campus visits, and residential programs—throughout their four years at Susquehanna.
First-year Honors students live together in a living-learning community designed specifically for them within a first-year residence hall.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 65 | 10-19: 213 | 20-29: 171
30-39: 69 | 40-49: 3 | 50-99: 4 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 6%
White, non-Hispanic: 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
The faculty at Susquehanna prepare students to grow, succeed, and serve in the context of a rapidly changing environment.
Susquehanna faculty are dedicated scholars and passionate teachers. In fact, 96% of full-time faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Because Susquehanna is an undergraduate-only institution, students learn from expert faculty members and not graduate assistants. 100% of faculty in the arts are professional artists, musicians, and writers.
Many disciplines offer hands-on collaborative research opportunities as early as the first year of study. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, 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 freshmen are then 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 take part in the common reading so that they may incorporate the shared experience into 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 that challenge them to think critically.
The 2019-20 theme, Power of Stories, is explored in the newest common reading, The Power of Stories: Susquehanna University Common Reading Anthology 2019-2020. Humans, both individually and collectively, are story-making and story-telling creatures. Stories shape powerfully who we are, what we believe, and how we act—for both good and ill.
Stories can be very short. For example, as individuals, we may tell ourselves, ‘I’m no good,’ ‘I can do anything I set out to do,’ or ‘I am so afraid of others finding out who I really am.’ But stories can also be long, complex, and durable. Think of the stories supportive of patriarchal privilege, evolution, American exceptionalism, globalization. In considering the power of stories, the Susquehanna community examines both the sources of stories and their impacts. They will spend the year exploring what it means to question our stories while analyzing the difficulties and challenges involved in letting go of false and hurtful stories and embracing new and helpful ones.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Teacher certification program
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.
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 both students and the greater 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 160 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.
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 Susquehanna’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.
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.
Landmark Conference teams: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, 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 & diving, men’s and women’s indoor & outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball
Centennial Conference team: football
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 97%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
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 (72%) than graduates at larger institutions complete them in five or more years. Furthermore, its six-year graduation rate is much higher than the national average (71% vs. 54%). 98% of Susquehanna’s graduating seniors complete their degree in four years or less. Such an achievement means significant savings in tuition dollars. Plus, these students enter the job market and begin earning a salary that much sooner.
96% of alumni are employed or pursuing an advanced degree within months of graduation.
When considering the return on investment, the long-term value of a comprehensive undergraduate university 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.
The Susquehanna community dedicates more than 100,000 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 future.
Career development is a campus-wide effort. Many professors personally help students find internships, apply to graduate schools, or simply understand their options. This 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 have 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, Little League International, Moody’s Investor Services, Smithsonian Institution, Tesla, Tiffany & Co., Walt Disney Company, and Zoo New England.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA
Class rank | Standardized test scores | Application Essay | Recommendation(s)
Interview | Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation | Racial/ethnic status |Volunteer work
Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
First generation | Geographical residence | State residency
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 558 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 620
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 7 | 75th Percentile: 8
Susquehanna students may 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, and 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. Anyone interested can also attend one of the special admission events held throughout the year. Can’t get to campus? Take the virtual tour!
The Office of Admission is open Monday-Friday year-round and on Saturdays during the academic year (Sept.-April). For an appointment, please call (570) 372-4260 or toll free at 1 (800) 326-9672.
Tuition & Cost
Financing a college education is a major investment for families. Susquehanna offers a comprehensive academic merit scholarship and need-based financial aid program to help families afford this worthwhile and smart investment.
99% of Susquehanna’s students received some form of financial support in 2018-19.
All admitted students are automatically considered for academic merit scholarships up to $37,000 a year. 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 is 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.
The average scholarship and grant award for Susquehanna students in 2019-20 was $33,895, totalling more than $78 million.
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