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Special Admission

International Students. Susquehanna University welcomes the interest of international students. Following a favorable review of a preliminary application for admission, the student receives formal application materials. In addition to the application, candidates are required to submit two letters of recommendation, secondary school course lists and examination results, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not the first language, and certification of financial support. The SAT is required of native English speakers, and SAT Subject Test scores are highly desirable. International applicants may not request Early Decision nor use the Write Option alternative to standardized testing. Please address all inquiries to the Office of Admissions.

Candidates with Learning Disabilities. Students with learning disabilities should apply for admission to Susquehanna in the normal fashion. The university will use the same criteria to review these applications as any other applications. The admissions staff may also ask the Director of Counseling, who serves as coordinator of services for students with disabilities, for assistance in the evaluation process. Susquehanna does not offer a separate curriculum or program for students with learning disabilities. The university does, however, comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in granting reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Candidates with learning disabilities may also find it helpful to include a copy of a recent psychoeducational evaluation with their application. This will enable the university to inform candidates whether or not Susquehanna is able to provide the assistance they may be seeking.

Students with learning disabilities who are most likely to succeed at Susquehanna are those who understand the nature of their disability, are able to be assertive about their needs and are strongly motivated to succeed.

Further information on Susquehanna's policies and services for students with learning disabilities appears in the Student Services section.

Special Students. Students not formally admitted to a degree program may enroll in courses as special students with the permission of the registrar. The registrar must approve the nature and amount of course work based upon the student's prior academic record. Special student applicants may be required to provide a transcript of all previous academic work. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. If the cumulative GPA falls below this point, the university may refuse permission to pursue further course work. Enrollment will be on a space-available basis only.

Special students planning to attend the university later as degree candidates should consult the admissions staff. This should be done as early as possible to assure proper guidance and to complete the admission process. Special students who have completed 12 semester hours of course work and who intend to become degree candidates must declare their intention and be properly advised before continuing to enroll in courses at Susquehanna. Students planning to transfer Susquehanna credits elsewhere should obtain prior clearance from the academic dean or registrar of the receiving institution.

Special students are subject to all rules and regulations of the university. They will be graded on the same basis as degree candidates, and the registrar will maintain a permanent academic record of all courses attempted or completed. If a student enters the university as a special student and later becomes a degree candidate, the grades earned as a special student are included in the GPA.

Summer Session. Susquehanna's four-week, intensive summer session and seven-week, regular summer session offer a variety of courses. Bulletins listing summer session courses are distributed to all students early in the spring semester. Recent high school graduates who have been admitted to other colleges may enroll in the summer session. They should confer in advance with the college they plan to attend to make certain the credits earned will be transferable. Summer session candidates who plan to earn a Susquehanna degree must first have their applications approved by the Office of Admissions.

Qualified students who have completed the junior year of high school may enroll in summer session credit courses. Candidates should provide a letter of recommendation from their high school guidance counselors. All students who wish to enroll in the summer session should apply through the Office of Continuing Education.

Veterans. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has approved Susquehanna to provide education under the public laws pertaining to veterans, reservists and the children of armed forces personnel who lost their lives in the service of their country. Candidates should present certificates of eligibility and entitlement before registration. Veterans who come to the university without the appropriate certificates may apply after arrival through the Office of the Registrar.

To be eligible for full veteran's benefits, a student must be a degree candidate and carry at least 12 semester hours in each of the two semesters of an academic year. Veterans must notify the assistant registrar of re-enrollment at the beginning of each semester and of any course dropped later.

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