Susquehanna Class of 2013 Arrives in Record Numbers
SELINSGROVE— Susquehanna University welcomed the Class of 2013 to campus Aug. 27, launching the university’s 152nd academic year with a record-breaking 627 first-year students. More than 2,100 students were expected for the start of classes Aug. 31.
Forty-three transfer and 10 exchange students join those who are new to the Susquehanna campus this year. Fifty-one percent of first-year students are from Pennsylvania, with the rest coming from 19 other states and seven countries. Beyond the Keystone State, students hail from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming. Others have come from as far as Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar and Russia.
Academic success is one trait they share in common. Seventy-eight percent were in the top two-fifths of their high school classes, 47 percent were in the top one-fifth, and 26 percent were in the top one-tenth. Fourteen were the valedictorians or salutatorians of their classes. More than 70 are enrolled in Susquehanna’s competitive Honors Program.
Among the Class of 2013 is the first Iraq war veteran to enroll at Susquehanna through the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. The program makes a Susquehanna education virtually tuition-free for qualifying U.S. veterans and their families.
New students were introduced to the wider community Aug. 29 as participants in the 17th annual SU GIVE day of volunteerism. Part of student orientation, SU GIVE (Susquehanna University: Get Into Volunteer Experiences) placed more than 600 students, faculty and staff at nearly 40 off-campus sites throughout the region, including hospitals, retirement homes, parks, churches and animal shelters.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones