Campus may grow. Faces may change. But some truths stand the test of time at Susquehanna.
Here’s what we know after 160 years:
- We remain commitment to providing access to promising students regardless of their financial circumstances.
- Students who get involved on campus, and take advantage of campus services and co-curricular activities are more successful both in college and their first destination after graduation.
- Being comfortable with other cultures is essential in today’s society.
There are numerous ways to provide students with the access, opportunity and experience necessary to become culturally competent citizen leaders. Check out our ongoing funding needs below.
We're committed to giving promising students access to a Susquehanna education regardless of their financial circumstances. Yet a sobering fact remains: The cost of doing business continues to climb at a time when families are struggling to make ends meet. Donor-funded scholarships help us attract quality students and put a Susquehanna education within reach for many of our families.
- 35.3% of our current students are the first in their families to attend college.
- 27.1% of our students are eligible for Pell Grants, reserved for the lowest-income families.
- 96% of SU students receive some form of financial aid.
Here are some ways you can help:
- $10,000/year for four years supports a scholarship for a historically underrepresented student to study in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field at Susquehanna
- $5,000/year for four years creates a named scholarship for a promising student in need
The Total College Experience
Engaged students are more successful students. When students are involved in a vibrant campus environment, they have better retention rates and are more likely to complete their programs of study in four years. Involved students also develop better time management, leadership skills and problem-solving abilities.
Here are just a few of the programs and services you can support to help our students grow and succeed at Susquehanna and beyond:
- 23 NCAA D-III intercollegiate sports + active intramural and club sports programs
- Nationally recognized community and service-learning programs
- Center for Academic Achievement programs
- Career Development Center resources
- State-of-the-art research labs and equipment
- Nearly 150 student organizations + dynamic religious life and social justice programs
Leadership gifts of $1,000 or more fund these and other important programs and services.
Developing Global Citizens
Susquehanna's award-winning cross-cultural program, Global Opportunities (GO), has created a paradigm shift that is giving students a competitive advantage in the job market. In a time of geopolitical and economic complexity, being comfortable with other cultures is an essential skill.
All students study away, either domestically or internationally, in a culture different from their own prior to graduation. They can choose from more than 100 short-term and semester-long programs on six continents. Their global competency is fostered through pre-departure preparation classes, the trip’s itinerary and a post-travel reflection course in which students examine their experience.
There are many ways to show a Susquehanna student the world including:
- $2,500/year for four years to create a named GO fund
- $2,500 in support of a GO Short program
- $5,000 in support of a GO Long program
Women's Leadership Initiative
Did you know? More than half of all managerial and professional occupations are held by women. Yet only about 5 percent serve as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
How about this? The proportion of women in the labor force who hold college degrees is outpacing that of men. Yet women only make about 80 cents to every dollar earned by their male counterparts.
In 2017, Signe S. Gates ’71, chair of SU’s Board of Trustees, and Dawn Grigg ’68 Mueller, board vice chair, set out to level the playing field. In an effort to raise $3 million, they have pledged $250,000 each year for the next four years as a $1 million challenge gift. To claim their gift, they are challenging other donors to raise $500,000 over each of the next four years, for an additional $2 million.Learn more here
Preparing Citizen Leaders
Experiential-learning opportunities, such as internships and summer research, open doors to great career paths and graduate school placements. We know that opportunities to complete internships, coupled with engagement in career development and industry-specific knowledge, help students secure employment after graduation. Moreover, we know summer research is important in building confidence and a research record for entry into the best graduate programs.
Providing support for professional opportunities such as internships, research experiences and artistic opportunities allow students to gain real-world experience, oftentimes with alumni mentors.
Some examples of how you can help students begin filling in their résumés with work and research experiences include:
- $5,000 to support a domestic internship
- $10,000 to support an international internship
- $1,500-$5,000/year for four years to support summer research
Center for Academic Achievement
The Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) helps students build their academic strengths and eliminate their weaknesses in the classroom. The center’s team of supportive professional and peer tutors help students gain both confidence and skills.
Whether a student need help with a particular subject or simply wants to improve your study habits, the CAA is there to help. The center’s services include:
- A Math Center offering tutoring in pre-calculus, statistics, calculus, linear algebra, statistics for behavioral science, and other advanced math, accounting, computer and physics courses.
- The Writing Center where students can get help improving their critical thinking strategies and writing techniques for most courses.
- Language tutoring in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Arabic.
Gifts to the Center for Academic Achievement support these and other important services for our students.
The Blough-Weis Library is a vital element of a Susquehanna education. There, in its open and flexible floor plan, students find a variety of individual and group study areas, helpful library staff, continuously expanding print, digital and special collections, and even a coffee shop.
The library also hosts art exhibitions, sponsors book clubs, and showcases historical collections and memorabilia throughout the year.
Funding for the Blough-Weis Library helps the staff connect with students at every level of their academic career. They:
- Go into classrooms and teach students how to research topics in every academic discipline.
- Provide small-group tours of the library and its services.
- Offer one-on-one research consultation to students working on their capstone or other research projects.
Gifts to the Blough-Weis Library support these and other important services for our students.