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Several programs at Susquehanna have additional admission requirements.

Graphic Design and Studio Art

Applicants for admission to the graphic design or studio art (painting & drawing or photography) programs must submit a portfolio of art work (eight to 12 examples) that represent your best work, are current and showcase your creativity. In addition, please include a personal statement summarizing your interest in studying art and graphic design. These materials should be submitted after applying to the university for general admittance. For further information about portfolio preparation and format, please contact Mark Fertig, art department head.


Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in Music degree programs must audition with the Susquehanna music faculty after applying to the university. For more information about registration and preparation for the audition, please visit the Department of Music page.


Applicants for admission to the writing program must submit a portfolio when applying for admission. The portfolio can be a short story, a personal essay, a selection of poems, a script or a combination of these. Portfolios should be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages. We recommend putting your strongest work first.

We're trying to get a sense of what you can do as a creative writer. We'll be asking:

  • Can this applicant make a scene or poetic moment come to life on the page, with vivid detail?
  • Does s/he have a powerful and original voice?
  • Can s/he create believable and interesting characters and/or poetic personas?
  • Can s/he reflect deeply?
  • Use language skillfully? Keep a story moving?

For full consideration, email it by Feb. 10 to Glen Retief, director of the Writers Institute. Late portfolios will be accepted until the program is filled. 

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