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Welcome Incoming Students and Transfers!

We're here to help make your transition to college life as smooth as possible and to help you thrive here! First-year programs and activities start in June and continue throughout your first year. 

We can't wait to welcome you this fall!

Summer Preview Days

Get better acquainted with Susquehanna, fellow students and faculty! This one-day program will help you get ready for life as a first-year college student.

2018 Dates

  • June 11
  • June 13
  • June 18
  • June 20
  • June 22
Summer Preview Days

Move-In Day and Opening Convocation—Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Move in to your home away from home—before our other students—for Fall Orientation.

You'll be greeted enthusiastically by O-Team, a group of student advisors and orientation leaders who will help you find your way around and even carry your things to your room!

Attend Opening Convocation, a cherished tradition opening the academic year to welcome you and your family to the Susquehanna community.

After your family leaves, you'll attend informational sessions and social activities, meet faculty in relaxed social settings, participate in a day of service, hang out with other students and more.

Welcome Week runs the first week of classes and culminates with the annual Fall Frenzy fair.

Fall/Spring

Approximately one week after you pay your deposit, you'll receive email regarding your Susquehanna login information, on-campus housing application, health form and registration for Summer Preview Days.

Summer

Throughout the summer, we'll keep you informed via email or online with forms and tasks you need to complete, as well as helpful information for your transition to campus.

In early August, you'll receive an Orientation Newsletter with move-in details.

Of course, you can contact us anytime with questions and concerns. Contact Samantha Proffitt, director of the first-year experience, at 570-372-4412 or firstyear@susqu.edu

Our whole campus is a learning environment—not just the classroom! Discuss current events with friends in your residence hall, attend award-winning lectures and speakers, and more.

Wondering where you'll live and learn your first year? Read more about housing.

As a first-year student, you'll take Perspectives, a small, seminar-style course focusing on the transition to college. You'll turn in your Common Reading assignment—a required summer assignment for all incoming students—in this class.

Depending on your major and your interests, you may take a specialized Perspectives class focused on global business, world music, leadership, social justice or various other topics.


Susquehanna students care about one another and hold each other accountable to make responsible decisions. Our community values wellness, and we have a number of educational opportunities and programs to help students make healthy choices.

Over the summer, you will be asked to complete online educational modules regarding alcohol use and sexual assault. As a first-year students, it's important to be informed about your rights and responsibilities, our campus policies and helpful resources.

Throughout the year, the Amy E. Winans Center for Wellness sponsors programs and events to aid your transition to college life, reduce stress and anxiety, and encourage personal potential and academic success for all students.

A prestigious and longstanding national organization, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society recognizes college students who demonstrate academic achievement and scholarship during their first year.

Its mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement...to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society."

Initiations are held each spring. Founded in 1977, our chapter was recognized in 2002 as one of the top five nationwide. You must achieve a semester or cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher during your first year of full-time study without any grades of F, I, or U.

Alpha Lambda Delta hosts a series of academic and service events throughout the year and encourages active participation from former initiates through their time at the university. Active membership continues through your sophomore year. If you maintain the initiating average through your senior year, you'll be eligible to apply for graduate fellowships.

Sending a child to college is a transition for parents and family members too!

We aim to support your student during this time, and encourage your involvement as influential partners in your student's educational journey.

You are invited to attend a Summer Preview Day with your student in June. There is programming specifically for parents and family members. In August, parents and families are invited to attend Convocation and the Family Farewell Reception after moving your student in.

Over the summer, we will send students emails with important dates, deadlines and tips for the transition. Parents will receive email notifications when students are sent this information.

The Parent & Family Handbook is another helpful resource distributed at Preview Days.

What's Next?

Contact Us

Office of the First Year Experience

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Fisher Hall, Second Floor

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Phone & Email

Samantha Proffitt
570-372-4753
firstyear@susqu.edu