About Susquehanna
About Susquehanna

About Susquehanna


Susquehanna University educates students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership, and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world.

Guiding Values

Susquehanna University is 

  • A selective, residential, national liberal arts college focused on an undergraduate education integrating the liberal arts and preparation for professions and careers.
  • A learning community that values diversity; intellectual collaboration among faculty and students; scholarship, research, and creative activity; health in mind, body and spirit; and learning in and out of the classroom.
  • An enduring community that inspires and empowers alumni to be perpetual stewards of their alma mater and to strengthen the core educational experience of students.
  • A working community that recognizes its faculty and staff as its greatest resource, values cooperation, and expects ethical behavior and mutual respect from all its members.
  • A responsible community committed to financial and environmental sustainability and a pragmatic and ambitious approach to its work.
  • A valuable resource serving the local community and region, while engaging in the larger world through strong national and international connections.
  • A physically attractive setting for reflection and learning.
  • A community that expresses its Lutheran heritage through the free and open exploration of ideas, commitment to service, development of individual talents and the welcoming of individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Fast Facts

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  • About 2,100 undergraduate men and women from 35 states and 22 countries
  • Located in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley town of Selinsgrove (regional population: 170,000)
  • About one hour from the state capital of Harrisburg and three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and four hours from Pittsburgh
  • Member of the Annapolis Group, an organization of the leading national independent liberal arts colleges
  • A community welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs, expressing its Lutheran heritage through the free and open exploration of ideas, commitment to service and development of individual talents


Two schools: School of Arts and Sciences, and Sigmund Weis School of Business

  • Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music
  • More than 60 majors and minors
  • Central curriculum focusing on the liberal arts and the development of skills in critical thinking and communications as well as a global perspective
  • Cross-cultural experience for all students
  • 92 percent of full-time faculty holding a doctorate or highest equivalent degree
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1
  • Pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, ministry, teaching and veterinary medicine
  • Interdisciplinary Honors Program
  • Faculty-mentored research, performance and applied professional opportunities across all disciplines
  • Internship opportunities available throughout the United States and abroad
  • Accreditations including Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Student Life

Nearly 150 student organizations serving a wide range of interests

  • Nationally recognized community and service learning programs
  • More than 25,000 community service hours contributed by students annually
  • Student-run radio station, newspaper and literary publications
  • Student, faculty and professional choral, orchestral and theatrical performances
  • Public lectures and performances featuring national and international artists and authorities
  • Active campus ministry programs serving many faiths

The Campus

  • 325 scenic acres featuring Georgian architecture spanning nearly 150 years
  • More than 85 facilities, including a recently completed science building, performance and recital halls, art gallery, fitness center, and student recreation facility
  • About 90 percent of students living on campus
  • Fully wired campus, with access to campus network and Internet from every residence hall room; convenient WiFi hotspots enabling wireless computing in numerous popular locations
  • An attractive, technologically advanced library with online access to thousands of journal articles; more than 330,000 books, DVDs and CDs; and comfortable spaces for group and quiet study
  • A comfortable walk to shops and services in downtown Selinsgrove

Athletics and Recreation

23 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports; member of the Centennial Conference (football and women's golf), the Empire 8 (men's golf) and Landmark Conference

  • Active intramural and club sport programs
  • 26 acres of playing fields for baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer and softball; a field turf surface for football, field hockey, lacrosse and soccer
  • Garrett Sports Complex housing a swimming pool, fitness center, basketball courts, racquetball courts, indoor track and snack bar 
  • Abundant outdoor recreation on the Susquehanna River, scenic roads and mountain trails


  • 94 percent of the most recent graduating class was employed or attending graduate/professional school within six months of graduation


  • Competitive
  • Statistics for the Class of 2018:
    • Average GPA: 3.38 in a college preparatory curriculum
    • SAT critical reading and math middle 50 percent: 1040-1190
    • ACT middle 50 percent: 22-28
  • Test Score Optional, allowing students to substitute SAT or ACT scores with two graded writing samples from their junior or senior years in high school (Samples can be from any class and should be analytical or critical in nature.)
  • $41,500 for 2015–16 tuition and fees, $11,170 for room and board
  • Students receiving institutional grants to offset financial need and/or scholarship recognition: 98 percent

Emily Stankaitis

Emily Stankaitis '13

Emily Stankaitis '13

psychology, lacrosse, sports, Susquehanna
Honeoye Falls, NY

Senior psychology major Emily Stankaitis talks about her experiences on the SU women's lacrosse team and advises fellow students to “just go for it.”

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