Application for First-Year Student Admission

Applications may be filed at any time after the junior year in high school. For deadlines, visit the admissions website.

All candidates must submit the following:

  • The application for admission (Susquehanna accepts the Common Application and the Susquehanna Success Application),
  • An official 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 a graded writing sample from applicants who apply Test Score Optional.

In addition, the following are encouraged:

  • Results of one or more SAT IIs,
  • 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 December 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 II 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 agencies should send results directly to Susquehanna's Office of Admissions. (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 of 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.

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.

For more on Early Decision, visit the admissions website.

Early Action. Susquehanna University offers Early Action for students who know early that they would like to apply to Susquehanna. Early Action is nonbinding, and students are free to apply to other Early or Regular Decision programs if they wish. Applicants admitted under Early Action have until May 1 to accept their offer of admission. Applicants who are not admitted under Early Action may be reconsidered for Regular Decision. For more on Early Action, visit the admissions website.

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) and a personal statement expressing why they want to study art and graphic design to the art faculty after applying to the university. For further information about portfolio preparation and format, please contact the Office of Admissions.

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 the Office of Admissions.

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. For more on Early Admission, visit the admissions website.

Candidate's Reply Date. Susquehanna uses the National 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 contact 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.