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 coordinator of disability services 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.
A candidate with learning disabilities may also find it helpful to include a copy of a recent psycho-educational evaluation with the application. This will enable the university to inform candidates whether or not Susquehanna is able to provide the level of 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.
Non-degree Candidates. Students not formally admitted to a degree program may enroll in courses as non-degree students with the permission of the registrar. The registrar must approve the nature and amount of coursework based upon the student's prior academic record. Non-degree 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 coursework. Enrollment will be on a space-available basis only.
Non-degree 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. Non-degree students who have completed 12 semester hours of coursework 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.
Non-degree 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 non-degree student and later becomes a degree candidate, the grades earned as a non-degree 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. A list of the summer session courses is posted online 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 Event Management.
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 veterans' benefits, a student must be a degree candidate in good academic standing 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.
Susquehanna is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. The Yellow Ribbon program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund expenses up to $18,077.50 for the 2012-13 academic year. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses, and the VA will match the same amount as the institution. Contact the Office of the Registrar for information on Susquehanna's participation in the Yellow Ribbon program.