We opened on Sept. 1, 1858, as The Missionary Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, officially becoming Susquehanna University in 1895.

During the 20th century, we transformed into a four-year university offering a range of bachelor's degrees for students. In 1903, the school adopted the colors orange and maroon. Throughout the years, we've developed a variety of traditions. Learn more below!

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Homecoming-Reunion Weekend

Our campus welcomes back throngs of alumni as they reunite and return home for a fall party weekend. 

Thanksgiving Dinner

Faculty and staff serve students a carved turkey dinner with all the fixings in Evert Dining Room.

Christmas Candlelight Service

A cherished gathering that includes candle lighting and carols as well as traditional readings, songs and prayers.


Students and alumni alike step it up each April with volunteer service near campus and regions beyond.

Senior Scholars Day

Soon-to-be graduates showcase their academic achievements.

Orange & Maroon Day

Our newest tradition! Show your Susquehanna pride by wearing our school colors on May 1.

Senior Hike

President Green leads seniors to the summit of nearby Mt. Mahanoy to take in a spectacular view of the valley.


Everyone comes together with pomp and circumstance to celebrate the academic success of our graduates.

Break Through

Annual event creates an opportunity for current students to network with alumni and prepare for life after graduation.

River Hawks

River Hawks are Distinctive, Powerful, Adaptive and Resilient. It's a perfect symbol as a mascot. 

Thank a Grad Day

Thank a Grad (TAG) Day is a day set aside for students to thank the alumni and friends who support them.