Admission to Susquehanna

Susquehanna welcomes applications from capable students attracted by the university's exceptional academic programs and extracurricular opportunities. Admission is competitive, and successful candidates will be those who will contribute to and benefit from the total 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 the following:

  • Standardized test scores, except for students who apply Test Optional (see below),
  • The essay,
  • Guidance counselor and teacher evaluations,
  • Evidence regarding a student's character, leadership and extracurricular activities,
  • Musical talent and writing ability for potential music and creative writing majors, and
  • Art portfolio submitted by graphic design candidates and studio art candidates.

Applying as a Test Score Optional Candidate. Students have the option of submitting a graded writing sample in place of standardized SAT or ACT test scores. Those who choose this alternative should contact the Office of Admissions for advice regarding an appropriate writing sample for evaluation.

Campus Visits. Susquehanna encourages prospective applicants to visit the campus if at all possible to learn more about all that is available. The university also strongly recommends a personal interview. The interview is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to share helpful information with a member of the admission committee regarding their academic abilities and co-curricular interests.

The Office of Admissions invites prospective students to meet with a wide range of people in the campus community. The staff will arrange student-led tours and appointments with faculty, financial aid staff, athletic coaches or others upon request. High school seniors may 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. Please make appointments in advance by emailing or calling the office at 570-372-4260 or 800-326-9672.

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.

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 emailing or calling the Office of Admissions.