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Welcome Incoming Students
We're here to help make your transition to college life as smooth as possible. To help you thrive here academically and personally. Our first-year programs and activities start in June and continue throughout your first year.
Transferring to Susquehanna? Welcome! We'll help you to transition to campus too.
First up: Summer Preview Days. You'll meet fellow classmates, take placement tests and meet with a faculty member about course options.
Then in August, you'll move in to your home away from home a few days before our other students for Fall Orientation and to bond as the newest members of the Susquehanna family.
We can't wait to welcome you this fall!
Approximately one week after you pay your deposit, you'll receive information via email regarding your Susquehanna login information, on-campus housing application, health form and registration for Summer Preview Days.
During the summer before your first year at Susquehanna, 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. Just call or email Katherine Burr, director of the first-year experience, at 570-372-4412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start finding your place here during Fall Orientation, held over four days before the fall semester starts.
When you arrive on campus for Move-In Day, you'll be greeted enthusiastically by our O-Team, upper-class student advisors and orientation leaders who will help you find your way around, get your room key and even carry your things to your room!
Marking the official start of our academic year, Opening Convocation is a cherished tradition when Susquehanna faculty, administrators, current students, alumni and President L. Jay Lemons welcome you and your family to the Susquehanna community.
Then, 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 held on Degenstein Lawn.
2017 Move-In Day and Opening Convocation are Thursday, Aug. 28.
At Susquehanna, the whole campus is a learning environment—not just the classroom!
You'll have discussions with your friends in your residence hall about current events, attend award-winning lectures and speakers with professors and classmates, and share your thoughts on the university Common Reading walking across campus.
The Common Reading is a required summer assignment for all incoming students. Learn more about this year's theme, the texts and your writing assignment.
Wondering where you'll live and learn during your first year? Read more about housing.
As a first-year student, you'll take a course called Perspectives, a small, seminar-style course focusing on both the academic and personal transition to college. You'll also turn in your Common Reading assignment in your Perspectives 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 while your student is getting acquainted with campus. 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, updated each year, is another helpful resource distributed at Preview Days.
Summer Preview Days
Get better acquainted with Susquehanna, fellow students and faculty at our Summer Preview Days!
This one-day program, held in June, will help you get ready for life as a first-year college student.
2017 Summer Preview Day are:
- Monday, June 12
- Wednesday, June 14
- Monday, June 19
- Friday, June 23