Several programs at Susquehanna have additional admission requirements.

Graphic Design and Studio Art

NOTE: Portfolios have been waived for students enrolling in Fall 2020 semester.

Applicants for admission to the graphic design or studio art (painting & drawing or photography) programs must submit a portfolio of eight to 12 examples of their best current art work. Get the full portfolio instructions. Materials should be submitted after applying to the university for general admittance. 


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.

Creative Writing

When applying to the creative writing major, applicants must submit a portfolio for consideration. Portfolio submission will automatically put you in the running for one of our creative writing scholarships.

The portfolio can be a short story, a personal essay, a selection of poems, a 4-6-panel comic, a script, a novel excerpt, a recorded feature of performance writing (a link to an online platform alongside a transcript), or a combination of these.

Portfolios should be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages and include a 150-word cover letter telling us what inspires your writing. Please send us your creative writing and cover letter in a single file, in either .docx or .pdf format. Title the file with your last name: Smith Portfolio.docx or Smith Portfolio.pdf.

We want to get a sense of what you can do as a creative writer.

For full consideration for admission and our creative writing scholarship, email your portfolio by Feb. 15 to the Writers Institute.

After the Feb. 15th deadline, late portfolios will be accepted until the program is filled.

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