September 02, 2021

Susquehanna University is recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates, with surveyed students offering specific praise for the university’s creative writing, music and science programs, and its unique cross-cultural immersion requirement.

Susquehanna is one of only 14% of the nation’s nearly 3,000 four-year colleges profiled by The Princeton Review, which chooses colleges based on surveys of college students who rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences exclusively for this project. The Princeton Review’s 30th annual college rankings are based on surveys of 154,000 students at the 387 colleges.

In their survey responses, Susquehanna students pointed to a variety of academic offerings that make Susquehanna stand out, including the university’s “top-notch” creative writing program, “outstanding” music education program and “strong” science departments.

Students described Susquehanna as a university that “thrives on building strong leaders and independent thinkers” and “is invested … in the success of [its] students.”

Students also praised the cross-cultural immersion they receive through the Global Opportunities program, which offers a wide range of off-campus educational programs in both domestic and international locations. Susquehanna was among the first in the nation to require every student to have a meaningful cross-cultural experience followed by scholarly reflection.

Among the Princeton Review’s other lists, Susquehanna is included among the “Best Northeastern Schools,” which includes 223 colleges and universities in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Susquehanna is also recognized as one of the nation’s best “Green Colleges,” a list that takes into consideration whether students have a quality of life on campus that is both healthy and sustainable, how well a school is preparing students for employment in an increasingly green economy and how environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.

The Princeton Review also released findings of its recent July–August survey sent to 655 college administrators on topics from their fall reopenings and COVID protocols to enrollment forecasts and more. Among the findings, based on responses from nearly 300 administrators, 96% reported that the majority of their fall classes will be in-person, and 64% said they are mandating COVID vaccinations for their students (with allowances for those with medical or religious exemptions), and 84% indicated they will require unvaccinated individuals to wear masks, observe social distancing and comply with other protocols to prevent COVID contagion.