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Early Decision Planning Guide

Before Your Senior Year

  • Research and visit colleges.
  • Think about your short-term and long-term goals.
  • Take, or retake, the SAT or ACT.
  • Consider whether Susquehanna offers you the right academic and personal fit.


  • Take, or retake, the SAT or ACT.


  • Decide if Susquehanna is clearly your first college choice. If so, plan to apply Early Decision.  
  • Apply online. Please click here to begin the application process.
  • Request that your guidance counselor send your high school transcript and senior course schedule to Susquehanna.
  • Start developing ideas for your college essay.


  • Work on your admissions application and submit it no later than Nov. 1.  Submit the CSS Profile form by Nov. 1 to be eligible for need-based aid.  You can complete the CSS Profile here. SU's school code is 2820. 
  • Within three weeks of your application completion: You will be notified of your admission to Susquehanna; if your admission is deferred, you are encouraged to send additional grades and test scores and are automatically reconsidered for admission later. You also will be notified of your merit scholarships.



  • Beginning Feb. 1: If you have submitted a complete financial aid application, you will be notified of our need-based financial aid decision.
  • By Feb. 15: If you have been admitted, submit the $400 enrollment deposit, withdraw any applications you submitted to other colleges and have a strong finish to your senior year in high school.

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