Myths and Facts Affording Private Higher Education
There is little difference between undergraduate experiences. College is college.
Cost is a real concern for students and families. Yet when you consider the return on investment, the long-term value of college is clear. College graduates earn more—almost $1M!—and are more likely to be employed.
96 percent of Susquehanna University graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees within months of graduation.
That’s great news in any economy. At many large institutions it takes five years or more to complete a bachelor’s degree. Susquehanna students earn their degrees in four years (or less)!
Our students don’t have the additional tuition costs for extra terms to finish all their courses, and they start their careers sooner. That means fewer years paying tuition and more years of productive employment.
Schools differ greatly in their mission and in their approach to education. Small universities like Susquehanna educate students in small groups, which allows for exceptional faculty support and mentoring. Other institutions have neither the resources nor the educational model that supports this individualized approach.
- Students are at the center of everything we do.
- Our faculty to student ratio is 1:13 and the average class size is 19 students, which assures personal attention.
- 96 percent of our faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field.
- We don’t use teaching assistants; faculty-student interaction is our highest value.
- Our facilities are technology enabled and designed to support student learning.
In our complex global economy, college graduates should anticipate changing jobs and perhaps careers multiple times. This means they need to have durable and flexible skills to meet future employment needs. Teaching students how to succeed over the length of their career—not just to get their first job—is essential.
Liberal arts graduates develop the skills most valued by today’s employers:
- Analytical and critical thinking
- Effective written and interpersonal communication
- Creative problem-solving
- Cultural awareness
- We integrate internships and student-faculty research across the curriculum.
- Our students combine academic knowledge with practical and social skills.
- Our graduates are sought by employers and top-ranked graduate programs.