Susquehanna welcomes applications from capable students attracted by the university's academic challenges and extracurricular opportunities. Admission is competitive. The goal is to accept applicants who will contribute to and benefit from the Susquehanna experience.
Susquehanna considers many factors in selecting students. Academic achievement and potential are very important: the admissions staff will review course selection, trends in grades, and class rank. Students must graduate from an accredited secondary school, receive a high school equivalency certificate, or transfer in good standing from another college or university.
Students who succeed at Susquehanna typically have completed the following college preparatory courses:
- at least four years of English,
- four years of mathematics,
- three years of social science,
- three or four years of science,
- two years (preferably three) of one foreign language, and
- three or more units of electives.
The selection process also pays close attention to other factors. These include:
- standardized test scores (except for students who select the Write Option - see below);
- guidance counselor and teacher evaluations;
- musical talent and writing ability for potential music and creative writing majors;
- art portfolio submitted by graphic design candidates;
- information about a student's character, leadership and extracurricular activities; and
- the interest a student demonstrates in the university.
The Write Option as an Alternative to Standardized Test Scores. Students have the option of submitting two graded writing samples in place of standardized SAT or ACT test scores. Those who wish to choose this alternative need to contact the Office of Admissions in writing to learn what qualifies as a Write Option sample and to notify the office of the intent to use this alternative.
Campus Visits. Susquehanna encourages prospective applicants to visit the campus if at all possible. The university also strongly recommends a personal interview. This is an opportunity for the student and an admissions staff member to exchange information.
Individual interviews with members of the admissions staff are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday mornings during the academic year. Information sessions are offered on select Saturday afternoons. Please make appointments in advance by writing or calling the office at 570-372-4260 or 1-800-326-9672. The university also offers student-guided campus tours throughout the year.
The Office of Admissions invites prospective students to meet with a wide range of people in the campus community. The staff will arrange appointments with faculty, financial aid staff, athletic coaches or others upon request. Applicants can also visit overnight and stay in a campus residence hall. Students who would like to stay overnight should contact the Office of Admissions at least two weeks in advance. This allows time to plan for a student host and to schedule classes and other appointments.
The Office of Admissions is open Monday through Friday year-round except for holidays, and on Saturday mornings from early September until mid-May.
Alumni and Parent Admissions Network. Prospective students and their family members may find it helpful to discuss the university with a Susquehanna graduate or the parent of a current or former student. Members of Susquehanna's Alumni and Parent Admissions Network (APAN) can help provide information about current activities and opportunities. Families may request an APAN contact by writing or calling the Office of Admissions.