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The Write Option

An alternative to submitting standardized test scores

While most of our applicants submit SAT or ACT scores, for some individuals these tests don't accurately reflect their academic performance or potential for success. This is why Susquehanna offers The Write Option. This alternative to submitting SAT or ACT scores allows applicants to submit two graded writing samples.

If you are interested in The Write Option, your writing samples must be academic – analytical or critical papers written during your junior or senior year. Your samples should demonstrate your ability to communicate complex ideas, theories and opinions. They should also show your ability to apply knowledge gained in the classroom through effective, well-supported arguments.

Examples of writing samples may include: an analysis of a book, a work of art or a literary style; a position paper; or a research project from a natural or social sciences class such as chemistry or psychology.

Please be sure that the papers or essays you submit contain analysis and not mere summary. For example, if you submit a paper about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it should not restate the events of the novel, but rather make some observation about the book. For example, an analysis of a book might answer the following questions:

  • Does the book make use of literary devices?
  • Does it make a commentary upon society?
  • What does the author's rendering of the characters mean?
  • Does the book put forth new ideas or concepts that run contrary to prevailing ideas or norms?
  • What have critics or other writers had to say about the novel?

You may send creative writing samples in addition to the required academic samples.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Susquehanna's Office of Admissions by email or phone at 570-372-4260.


Maggie O'Hearn '17

Maggie O'Hearn '17

Maggie O'Hearn '17

Business Administration, Human Resources
Lancaster, Pa.

The sense of community at Susquehanna and the successful volleyball program appealed to me right away.

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