Application for First-Year Student Admission

Applications may be filed at any time after the junior year in high school. Students who apply under Early Decision should submit their application, supporting materials and College Board PROFILE by Dec. 1. They will receive a reply by Dec. 15, and Susquehanna will meet their full demonstrated financial need. Students who apply under regular decision should submit their application by Jan. 1 to be given priority consideration for admission and scholarship. March 1 is the deadline for regular decision.

All candidates must submit the following:

  • The application for admission (Susquehanna accepts the Susquehanna Application or the Common Application with no preference given to either one),
  • A secondary school transcript listing senior courses,
  • Senior grades when available,
  • A guidance counselor evaluation,
  • A teacher evaluation from a junior- or senior-level academic course, and
  • Results of the SAT, the ACT or two graded writing samples from applicants who choose the Write Option.

In addition, the following are recommended:

  • Results of one or more SAT subject tests,
  • Letters of evaluation from additional teachers, and
  • Samples of the applicant's creative work, as appropriate.

Standardized Tests. The university urges prospective applicants to take the SAT in their junior year and again by January of their senior year in high school. Students who choose the ACT should take it by December of their senior year.

Susquehanna also advises applicants that SAT subject tests are not required but can provide valuable information for admission. Students should complete these tests no later than January of the senior year.

Testing services can send test results directly to Susquehanna's Office of Admissions. Request forms are available when students register for the tests. (Susquehanna's test code for the SAT is 2820. The ACT code is 3720.) The university will also accept test scores recorded on official secondary school transcripts. Further information is available from high school guidance offices or Susquehanna's Office of Admissions.

Early Decision. Applicants who select Susquehanna as their first-choice college should consider the advantages of Early Decision. Applicants accepted for Early Decision enjoy the benefits of a financial aid package that fully meets their demonstrated financial need, finishing their college search before the holidays, priority attention from the admissions committee, and preferential consideration for housing. Applicants may still apply to other colleges as Regular Decision candidates. They must, however, withdraw any other applications and enroll at Susquehanna if they are admitted under the Early Decision program. To be considered for Early Decision, candidates must do the following:

  • Submit the Early Decision Declaration Form found as part of the Susquehanna Application and as part of the supplement to the Common Application;
  • Certify (by signing the declaration) that Susquehanna is the first-choice college and that, if accepted, the student will withdraw other applications;
  • Submit all application materials by Dec. 1;
  • Take standardized tests at least six weeks before the deadline; and
  • Schedule a personal, on-campus interview before the Early Decision deadline, if at all possible.

The admissions committee will notify the Early Decision candidate of its decision as soon as possible after the application is complete or by Dec. 15. The university automatically reviews applications of unsuccessful Early Decision candidates for Regular Decision admission after receipt of additional grades and test scores. In such cases, the applicant is released from the first-choice enrollment commitment.

Graphic Design Major Candidates and Studio Art Major Candidates. Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Arts program in graphic design or the Bachelor of Arts program in studio art must also submit a portfolio of art work (five to 12 examples) to the art faculty after applying to the university. In addition, it would be helpful for the applicant to submit a personal statement expressing why he or she wants to study art and graphic design. For further information about portfolio preparation and format, please contact Assistant Director of Admissions Brent Wallisch at 800-326-9672 or 570-372-4260.

Honors Program Candidates. The university selects exceptionally well-qualified students for the Honors Program. This offers a more independent and interdisciplinary approach to learning than the standard curriculum. Admission is competitive and limited. All students who are admitted to Susquehanna are automatically considered for the Honors Program. For additional information about the Honors Program, please contact Associate Director of Admissions J. Scott Myers at 800-326-9672 or 570-372-4260.

Music Major Candidates. Applicants for admission to any of the Bachelor of Music degree programs (composition, performance or music education) or the Bachelor of Arts in music degree program must also audition with the Susquehanna music faculty after applying to the university. For further information about registration and preparation for the audition, music scholarships or music programs, please contact Music Admissions Coordinator Sara Adams at 570-372-4309.

Creative Writing Major Candidates. Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Arts program in creative writing must also submit a portfolio (eight to 10 pages) of work to the creative writing faculty after applying to the university. For further information about portfolio preparation, please contact Professor of English and Creative Writing Gary Fincke at 570-372-4164.

Early Admission. Not to be confused with Early Decision, the Early Admission program allows some outstanding students to enter Susquehanna after their junior year in high school. The first year in college then replaces the senior year. To be considered for Early Admission, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be academically and socially prepared to undertake a college-level experience;
  • Submit the required admission credentials, including test scores, by March 1, or earlier, if possible;
  • Have the written approval of their parents and secondary school officials; and
  • Have a personal interview with a member of the Susquehanna admissions staff.

Candidate's Reply Date. Susquehanna uses the Common Candidate's Reply Date of May 1 for first-year applicants. A nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $400 is required by this date. Transfers and successful Early Decision candidates are given separate reply dates in their letters of admission.

Credit and Exemption by Examination. Susquehanna recognizes exceptional high school achievement by participating in the Advanced Placement Program of The College Board. Students may earn academic credit and/or exemption from entry-level courses by superior performance on AP examinations. In general, departments award credit for scores of four and five.

As part of an orientation program held on campus during the summer, students with strong skills in foreign language may earn exemption without credit from the university Central Curriculum requirement in this area.

Some academic departments at Susquehanna also grant credit toward graduation for both the general and the subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Normally, a CLEP score at or above the 50th percentile receives the equivalent of four semester hours of course credit.

Students who earn exemption or credit through examination for a specific course may not subsequently enroll in and receive credit for the same course. They also may not enroll in any lower-level course in the same department without the permission of the department head.

For further information on exemption and placement examinations, please write or call the Office of the Registrar at 570-372-4109.

International Baccalaureate Credit Policy. Susquehanna University recognizes the intellectual rigor, high academic standards and emphasis on international understanding and responsible citizenship of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The IB program is an internationally recognized two-year, comprehensive curriculum overseen by the International Baccalaureate Organization, a nonprofit foundation based in Switzerland. The program is available to students between 16 and 19 years of age at numerous domestic and international secondary schools. Recipients of the IB certificate may receive credit for up to two courses in each subject area for which a higher-level examination score of five or more has been achieved, subject to final confirmation by the appropriate university department. Credit for a higher-level examination score of four will be awarded at the discretion of the appropriate university department. No credit will be awarded for subsidiary level examinations.