May 14, 2015
On the heels of celebrating its 157th commencement, Susquehanna University is already preparing for the fall when it will welcome its largest incoming class.
At 692, the entering class for the fall will be 20 percent larger than the class that entered in fall 2014. Enrolled students were selected from a record-breaking application pool for the 2015-16 academic year.
This incoming class represents just 13 percent of a very strong applicant pool, according to Madeleine Rhyneer, vice president for enrollment and marketing.
Susquehanna received nearly 5,300 applications for the fall. Those who were accepted represent the most highly qualified incoming class in Susquehanna's history, as reflected in both SAT scores and high school grades. It will also be the most diverse.
"Not only will our fall numbers be at an historic high for this first-year class, the demographics of the class are different," said Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons. "Our campus has become increasingly diverse in recent years and next year's first-year class will reflect more diversity than ever."
The Class of 2019 hails from 21 states and seven countries, including China, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Macao-and 23 percent of the incoming class come from historically underrepresented groups, compared with 16.7 percent for 2014-15.
"It's clear that despite an increasingly competitive higher education market, prospective students and their families recognize the tremendous value of a Susquehanna education," Rhyneer said. "Susquehanna's unique combination of a traditional arts and sciences education with our historic focus on practical application really makes sense in today's job market. Employers get the best of both worlds-graduates with exceptional critical-thinking, writing and communication skills plus real-world job skills."
Additionally, retention of current Susquehanna students is running at a five-year high.
"In higher education there are always hellos and good-byes," Lemons said. "With great fondness, we celebrate the Class of 2015, whose talents will continue to enrich the Susquehanna community, and we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2019."