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:
The selection process also pays close attention to other factors. These include the following:
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 choose this alternative may contact the Office of Admissions 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. The interview is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to get to know more about Susquehanna University, while at the same time informing an admissions representative about their academic background and interests.
High school students who make an official visit to Susquehanna University between March 1 of their sophomore year and May 1 of their senior year will be awarded a $1,000 campus visit grant, renewable for all four years, when they enroll.
Individual interviews with members of the admissions staff are available weekdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Group information sessions are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays during the academic year. Please make appointments in advance by writing or calling the office at 570-372-4260 or 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. High school seniors also can visit overnight and stay in a campus residence hall on selected nights during the academic year. 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 and on Saturdays during Susquehanna University's academic year.
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.